A Minor Local Terrorist Fighter, Two Others Surrender in Lanao

CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – Three Local Terrorist fighter, including a minor surrendered to Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur, 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2019.

“The surrendered minor Juhari Mangotara, 16 years old, was with Jamil Dimasangkay, 24 years old, during the clash in Piagapo in the year 2017, while Mail Tinga, 36 years old, was involved in the Butig clash in the year 2016”, said Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion Commander.

The three yielded one M79 grenade launcher and two caliber .45 handguns.

At 9:30 a.m. same day, a Dawlah Islamiyah Maute terrorist fighter who was involved in the Marawi siege and five of its supporters surrendered to 49th Infantry Battalion in Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur.

The group also surrendered 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, “We are confident that the people and the local government of Lanao del Sur are now accustomed to peace and  time for vibrant economic  opportunities in the province”.

“We will continuously collaborate with local chief executives and other stakeholders to encourage other supporters or even the locals with loose firearms to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law in order to sustain the peace we have achieved thru our relentless military operation”, Cuerpo added.

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 for the successful surrender of local terrorist member.

“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 local terrorist groups and other threats,” said Ancan.

“Likewise, we thank the local government and other stakeholders for their continued trust and support to our troops in contributing peace and development in the whole province of Lanao del Sur,” Ancan added.

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