2 ex-terrorists surrender

February 12, 2020

TWO members of Dawlah Islamiya fighters on Monday surrendered to government troops in Lanao del Sur.

This was confirmed yesterday by Major Arvin Encinas, spokesman of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).

Encinas identified the former terrorists as Metalicop Ambayan Bembang and Sabidra Sisomnong Panulong.

They surrendered to the elements of 49th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Sandab, Butig, Lanao del Sur.

The two also yielded one M203 Grenade Launcher, pieces of ammunition, and a bandolier.

According to Bembang and Panulong they were recruited by Mando Panulong, a militant under Commander Langco. They joined the series of armed engagements with government troops in 2016.

The surrenderers underwent custodial debriefing conducted by military troops. The firearms are currently in the custody of the 49IB for disposition and documentation

Butig officials, led by Councilor Saiben Panulong, facilitated the surrender of Bembang and Panulong.

Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander Brig. Gen. Generoso Ponio said the Tabak troops remain steadfast in their campaign against terrorism and proliferation of loose firearms in the area.

“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,” Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command said.

“We are inclined to welcome and assist fighters who want to cross the line. Let us work together for genuine peace and progress.”