MARAWI CITY: Two Dawlah Islamiya fighters in Lanao del Sur have surrendered to the government on Monday amid the pressure of continuous military offensive, media quoted military officials as saying on Wednesday.
Brig. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, identified the Dawlah Islamiya surrenderers as Metalicop Ambayan Bembang and Sabidra Disomnong Panulong, who yielded Monday to the troops of the Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Sandab, Butig, Lanao del Sur, State media Philippine News agency (PNA) reported.
According to the PNA report, the surrenderers turned over one M-203 grenade launcher, ammunition, and a bandolier. The two were placed under custodial debriefing.
Ponio said Bembang and Panulong bared that they were recruited by Mando Panulong, a militant under a certain Commander Langco and have participated in the series of clashes with government troops, added the report.
He said the troops remain “steadfast” in their campaign against terrorism and proliferation of loose firearms in the area of Lanao del Sur.
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said the military’s “ensuing offensives and encompassing initiatives for peace and development debilitated the Dawlah Islamiya in Lanao, compelling more fighters to abandon their cause and join the government’s cause to purge terrorism in Mindanao.”
“We are inclined to welcome and assist fighters who want to cross the line. Let us work together for genuine peace and progress,” Sobejana added. (With PNA)
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