BIFF child warrior surrenders with RPG launcher

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Alias Tigre, a 15-year-old BIFF child warrior, surrendered to government security forces on January 26 through Philippine Army 33rd Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Harold M. Cabunoc. He surrendered with an RPG launcher.

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According to military the surrender of Tigre happened at least an hour after soldiers of the 33rd Infantry Battalion installed solar lights in Pedtad village, a fishing village near the Liguasan Marsh.

“The surrender of Tigre happened at least an hour after soldiers of the 33rd Infantry Battalion installed solar lights in Pedtad village, a fishing village near the Liguasan Marsh,” the military said.

Tigre said, using local dialect, “bearing solar-powered flash lights and lamp posts, soldiers came to the village of my relatives to help them. I realized that they were not interested in killing us all.”

Tigre was under the BIFF faction of Commander Mayo Gantong Bansil, the leader of the outlawed armed group who had been involved in atrocities against government troops in the past five years.

“The influx of surrenderors reflect the high level of trust that we gained in Central Mindanao. With popular support, we will always prevail against any adversary,” Lt. Col. Cabunoc said.