ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WesMinCom) disclosed on Thursday that a field commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and five of his followers surrendered and turned over their high-powered firearms to the military in Sultan Kudarat.
AFP-WesMinCom commander Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr. said that the field leader and his five followers surrendered to the 40th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Tual, President Quirino in Sultan Kudarat on Wednesday.
However, Rosario declined to identify the former BIFF gunmen — who were believed to belong to the BIFF-Karialan Faction — for security reasons.
Among the firearms turned over were one 5.56mm M16 A1 rifle, one 5.56mm Ultimax 100 light machine gun, one 7.62mm M14 rifle, two 7.62mm Barrett rifles, one 40mm grenade launcher, and one heat rocket-propelled grenade.
Rosario said that the surrender of insurgents is a clear sign that the government’s campaign against communist terror groups is effective.
“The influx of surrenders weakened the terror group hence more of its members opted to abandon their armed struggle and return to the folds of the law,” Rosario said.
“Our security campaign in Central Mindanao is gaining significant headway with already 237 neutralized BIFF personalities for this year alone,” he added.