- Seven Maute group members surrendered themselves to the Philippine military
- They surrendered weapons such as pistol and handguns
- Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo commended the soldiers for their efforts leading to the surrender of the militants
Seven members of the Dawlah Islamiya/Maute group surrendered themselves and turned-over their weapons to the Philippine military.
The Mindanao Examiner posted Capt. Clint Antipala of the 1st Infantry Division saying the Maute members surrendered to the Joint Task Force Ranao in Lanao del Sur’s Pagayawan town on Tuesday, October 9.
He said, “the 55th Infantry Battalion, under the Joint Task Force Ranao, spearheaded the surrender of the group along with their firearms.”
The Maute group members, based on a GMA News story, submitted three M1 Garand rifles, one Carbine firearm, four caliber .45 handguns and one 9mm pistol.
Antipala did not identify the seven who surrendered, however, as they are still being investigated.
The captain said custodial debriefing of the group is still on-going.
Major General Roseller Murillo, commander of the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces), moreover, commended the soldiers in their efforts leading to the surrender of the Maute group members.
“Mautes were dwindling with their organizational leadership and capabilities, and we encourage others to lay down their arms to live peacefully,” he said.