PAGADIAN CITY – Three pro-ISIS fighters have surrendered to the military in southern Philippines where security forces are battling several militant groups seeking to put up a strict caliphate in the troubled region.
Capt. Clint Antipala, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, said the trio – who fought troops during the Marawi City siege in 2017 – also yielded one anti-tank rocket launcher, a grenade launcher and one M1 rifle and ammunition when they surrendered January 12 to the 82nd Infantry Battalion in Lanao del Sur’s Piagapo town.
Two of their companions earlier surrendered to the 55th Infantry Battalion in Pagayawan town.
“Dissatisfied and discontented with the leadership and capabilities of the group is the reason why they’ve surrendered,” Antipala said, quoting Lt. Col. Jumawan, 82nd Infantry Battalion commander.
Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, the division commander, praised soldiers for their efforts in convincing militants to surrender. “Our campaign against terrorists will be relentless and we will take advantage of their weakened leadership and capabilities in order to attain a just and lasting peace in our area of operation,” he said, according to Antipala.
Antipala also released photos of the trio, but all their faces were blurred and cannot be used for news. Their names were not made public. (Mindanao Examiner)
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