Six more LMGs surrender in Lanao Sur
by Apipa P. Bagumbaran
Iligan City (9 February) -- Six more members of the Lawless Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Group (LMG) voluntarily surrendered to the Philippine Army's 65th Infantry Battalion, 9th Infantry Division (65IB, 9ID) in Gadungan village, Madalum town, Lanao del Sur province.
This brings to 16 the total number of LMGs who voluntarily surrendered to the Army in the area this month, said Lt. Col. Agane Adriatico, Civil Military Operations Chief, G7, 4th Infantry Brigade, First Infantry Division (104Bde), PA.
Adriatico said the LMGs decided to return to the folds of the law because they were tired of running away from government troops operating in the area as they also realized that doing terrorist activities is against the tenets of Islam.
The six LMGs who surrendered to Lt. Col. Jed G. Motus, Commanding Officer of the 65IB are Cosain Asis Mosis, Abdul Mosis Angni, Abolcair Maded, Arsad Mosis Angni, Naga Mamiscal and Usman Mapingcat Mosis, all of the 212th Brigade, 101st MILF Base Command in LDS.
They also surrendered three M14 riffles, four Caliber 30 M1 Garand riffles, one Carbine riffle and one M79 grenade launcher.
On the other hand, the names of the 10 LMGs who surrendered to Lt. Col. Juvymax R. Uy, CO, 43IB, PA, earlier are still being withheld for operational purposes but he said they brought along with them the following:
One of the Rocket Propeller Grenade with two B40 ammunition, one M16 riffle, with one magazine loaded with ammo and eight Caliber 30M1 Garand riffle.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Nehemias G. Pajarito, Commander of 1ID, PA, said the accomplishment of the units in the area bespeak of their unselfish dedication to duty and discipline which showed the Army's unyielding resolve to neutralize the LMG.
Commending both the 43IB and 65IB, Pajarito said "the laudable actions of the units are in order to establish a physically and psychologically secure environment conducive to the development of the two Lanao provinces." (PIA Marawi City) [top]