Former Marawi Siege Fighter, Five Supporters Surrender in Lanao

CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – A Dawlah Islamiyah Maute Terrorist fighter who was involved in the Marawi siege and five of its supporters surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur, 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 7, 2019.

Pacalinog Bantogaranao, 32 years old, was under Madie Maute (killed), Sub-leader of the terrorist group, during the first week of the clash with the government forces.

Five of its supporters were identified as Monib Padati, Batalo Hajicaya, Tokiin Cuaro, Micky Hajicaya and Mobarak Hajicaya.

Thru the efforts of Local Government Unit of Lumba Bayabao headed by Mayor Mahar Dagalangit, the group also yielded one M16 rifle, one KG9 sub machine gun, magazines and ammunitions.

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II., 103rd Infantry Brigade Acting Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “The surrender of the DI-Maute fighter and supporters were attributes to the active support on mediation and peace negotiation of local govt unit heads and peace loving locals in our area of responsibility”.

“We are glad that they decided to live back to their normal lives, not hiding and running in the mountains and contribute by becoming productive citizen in their communities”, added Cuerpo.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. 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 LGU for the successful surrender.

“We encourage other fighters and supporters to

surrender and lay down their arms so that their younger generations and communities will not suffer with their senseless demise,” Ancan concluded.

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