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Five rebels surrender in Maguindanao

May 19, 2022 - Thursday 7:05 PM by Catherine Cueto

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FIVE members of a communist terrorist group surrendered to state troops in Maguindanao on Wednesday, the Philippine military said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the military, the former rebels presented themselves to the Joint Task Force Central led by Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command.
They submitted themselves to the troops at the Headquarters, 57th Infantry Battalion, Edwards Camp, Barangay Mirab, Upi, Maguindanao. 
The former rebels likewise handed over their firearms including a 5.56mm rifle, a cal. 30 M1 Garand rifle, and three 12-gauge Shotguns. 
They likewise disclosed the locations of arms caches at Mt. Tred in Barangay Bual, Isulan and Barangay Chua, Bagumbayan, both of Sultan Kudarat. 
Recovered in the arms cache were two 5.56mm M16 rifles, one 7.62mm M60 general-purpose machine gun, and assorted magazines and ammunition. 
Lt. Col. Jonathan Pondanera, 57IB Commander, presented the former rebels and their surrendered firearms to Joint Task Force Central Commander, Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy. Lt. Col. Pondanera revealed that the ex-communist terrorists were members of the Sub-Regional Committee Daguma of the Far South Mindanao Regional Committee.
Maj. Gen. Uy said that the decision of the former rebels to return to the folds of the law brought joy not only to their family but to the municipality of Lebak as well. 
“Rest assured that the 6th Infantry Division together with the local government of Lebak will continue to support you as you reintegrate into mainstream society,” he added. 
During the initial debriefing, the former terrorists said that they experienced a lot of hardships due to the limited food supply and the continuous combat operations of the military. These compelled them to surrender.
Since January 2022, a total of 62 CTG members yielded to the government forces in the central part of Mindanao.