COTABATO CITY — A remnant of the Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group surrendered to authorities in Lumbatan, Lanao del Sur on Saturday morning.
Senior Insp. Jemar Delos Santos, speaking for the Police Regional Office – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-ARMM), identified the surrenderee as Camal Tawakal Marcos, 28, farme, resident of Barangay Tambac, Lumbatan.
The surrenderee turned over an M16 rifle with ammunition to local officials of Lumbatan, led by Mayor Allan Ismael Lao, in coordination with the office of PRO-ARMM Director Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares.
Mijares, in a statement, said his office is continuously coordinating with local government units in the region to convince rebels on returning to the mainstream society.
“It is encouraging to see that surrendering rebels now realize that they are fighting a futile cause,” he said.
The PRO-ARMM area of responsibility covers the cities of Marawi and Lamitan and the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Basilan. Noel Punzalan/PNA-northboundasia.com