A local terrorist group supporter yielded to the troops of the 49th Infantry Battalion in Butig, Lanao del Sur at 3pm yesterday, August 28.
Hadji Soaib Ander also turned over 1 US KG9 Semi-auto Pistol and 2 9mm Magazines Long with 29 rounds of ammunition.
Ander was a supporter of a group led by Ali Amintao a.k.a White Lawaan during their series of encounters with the Philippine Army’s 103rd Brigade troopers in Butig last 2016. He was the group’s provider of firearms, ammunitions, and food.
“Hadji Soaib had a son named Hadip who was recruited by the Maute brothers and was unfortunately killed in a firefight on September 23, 2017,” said Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner, Commander of the 103rd Brigade.
“We are delighted by his decision to return to the mainstream of society and we will provide the necessary assistance to help him start a new life,” Brig. Gen. Brawner added.
The successful surrender of said LTG supporter was facilitated by the troops of the Charlie Company of the 49IB led by 1st Lieutenant Rodriguez, and the municipal government of Butig led by Mayor Dimnatang Pansar.
Subject surrenderor is currently undergoing debriefing at the headquarters of 49IB in Camp Darul-iman, Barangay Sandab, Butig.
“Convergence is all we need in our quest for peace and sustainable development here in Mindanao,” said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Rest assured that we will remain relentless in our efforts against the different threat groups as we accustom the whole-of-nation approach in ending terrorism and radicalism,” added Lt. Gen. Sobejana.