By ROCAYA SUMNDAD OTICAL YAHYA
February 18, 2019
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur: More and more Maute remnants are returning to the folds of the law.
On Monday morning, three Maute Daesh-inspired remnants surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur.
Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander, said, “The three remnants are under sub-leader Mubarak Manalo, also known as alias MUBARAK.”
Villanueva said the returnees yielded one M2 Carbine rifle, magazines and ammunition. The surrender was formally witnessed by Sultan Dumalondong municipal mayor Jamel Kurangking.
“The continuous surrender of Maute Daesh-inspired remnants is the result of our collaboration with the local government units (LGUs) in our area of responsibility, said Colonel Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.
Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the 49th IB troops and the LGU of Sultan Dumalondong.
“Peace and security is a shared responsibility. We acknowledge the efforts of the LGU and stakeholders of Sultan Dumalondong for the successful surrender of Daesh-inspired remnants,” Ancan added.
“We also call for other remnants to surrender, lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law and work with us in attaining a peaceful and progressive province of Lanao del Sur,” Ancan concluded. (RSP)