CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Another three Maute ISIS remnants surrendered to Joint Task Force Ranao in Masiu Lanao del Sur Thursday. (October 18, 2018).
The three yielded to Lt. Col Edgar Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander, thru the efforts of Hon. Alonto Gubar, ABC President, Brgy Chairman Hamil Gubar of Sawir, Masiu and Maliksaif Masjida, Afgani Deputy Base Commander NDBC BIAF-MILF/JCMP member.
They also surrendered one RPG, one caliber 45 pistol, magazines and ammunitions.
Custodial debriefing still on-going as of this posting.
“They were recruited during the Marawi Siege, however they were not able to insert in the main battle area due to the relentless security efforts and checkpoints around the lake”, said Lt. Col Villanueva.
“One of them was involved in Pagayawan clash last June 2018”, he added.
Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan commander, commended the troops, local officials and the peace-inclined BIAF-MILF member that facilitated the surrender of Maute ISIS remnants.
“We will continuously collaborate with different stakeholders and concerned citizens to encourage other Maute ISIS remnants to surrender and go back to mainstream society,” Maj. Gen. Murillo added.