By Lady Jean Kabagani

MARAWI CITY — Two identified Maute remnants surrenderred along with one caliber 50 rifle and one M1 garand in Tubaran, Lanao de Sur at around 6 p.m. on Dec. 3.

“COMANDER and MAMAC (not their real names), thru the effort of local government units, yielded to our troops,” said Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes, Joint Task Force Ranao’s 55th Infantry Battalion Commander.

He said custodial debriefing is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, 24 loose firearms, one hand grenade and ammunition where voluntarily surrendered to the 2nd Mechanized Brigade in Tubod Cultural Center, Lanao del Norte on the same day.

“Joint efforts among local government units, local populace, other stakeholders and our troops led to this successful surrender,” said Brig. Gen. Thomas Sedano Jr., 2nd Mechanized Brigade Commander.

Sedano said a total of 746 loose firearms were already surrendered to the 2nd Mechanized Brigade this year.

Meanwhile, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan Commander, Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, noted that continuous surrender of Maute members entails weakening of the bandits’ organizational leadership and capabilities.

“Likewise, the surrender of loose firearms will minimize the crimes and atrocities in our area of operation,” he added.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines encourages other remnants to return to the fold of law, as they strengthen their security forces to ensure the safety of Marawi residents against terrorism. (LJKabagani/PIA)