CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A brother of an ISIS fighter who died during Marawi Siege, voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion in Madalum, Lanao del Sur, 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 17,2019.
“Alias PACONG, also a Dawlah Islamiya supporter, was saddened by the death of his brother who was deceived and recruited by the Maute Brothers in Butig”, said Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes, 55th Infantry Battalion commander.
Pacong also yielded one M653 rifle, magazines and ammunitions.
Custodial debriefing is still on-going as of this posting.
At 11:00 a.m. the same day, three high-powered firearms were also surrendered to the 49th Infantry Battalion thru the efforts of Mayor Nasser Pangandaman and other barangay officials of Masiu, Lanao del Sur.
“The honorable Mayor formally turned-over two RPG launchers, one Colt M203 and ammunitions”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.
The firearms were brought to 49IB headquarters for proper safekeeping/disposition.
“With the confirmed death of Abu Dar, we expect more Dawlah Islamiya members and supporters to surrender”, said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.
“For them no to suffer the same fate with their comrades, we encourage them to surrender, or cooperate with the local government units if they are afraid or intimidated with our forces”, Brawner added.
Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the local government for the successful surrender of Dawlah Islamiya supporter and hand over of the loose firearms.
“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against DI-Lanao group and loose firearms,” said Ancan.
“Likewise, we thank them for their continued trust and support to our troops in contributing peace and development in the whole province of Lanao del Sur,” Ancan added.