Philippine Army 6th Infantry Division (6ID), operating in Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), has announced that 68 former members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) received livelihood aid from the Province of Maguindanao at New Provincial Capitol, Buluan, Maguindanao on May 20, 2020.
“The former rebels decided to embrace peace after realizing that they are fighting for a wrong cause and that the government’s peace programs can help them live normally and become productive citizens of their respective communities,” 6ID said.
It noted that out of the 68 former rebels, 59 laid down their arms to the 601st Infantry Brigade and 9 to 602nd Infantry Brigade.
“They received farm machinery and farm kits distributed by Maguindanao province through the initiatives of Governor Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu in collaboration with JTFC,” 6ID said.
The ceremony was attended by 602nd Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Roberto S. Capulong; 601st Infantry Brigade Officer-in-Charge, Col. Joel Q. Mamon; 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander, Brig Gen. Efren P. Baluyot; PRO-BAR Director, Police Brigadier General Manuel M. Abu; and Maguindanao PPO Director, Police Colonel Arnold Santiago.