SULTAN SA BARONGIS, Jan. 12 -- A total of 41 members of an illegal drug syndicate indirectly supporting Islamic State-linked Moro rebels have voluntarily surrendered to government authorities here, the Army has said. The surrender transpired in the public school of the far-flung barangay of Bulod on Friday morning.

The surrenderers were led by known drug ring leaders Teddy Biang, 55, and Anwaruddin Biang, 46, who were sourcing their stuff from the Islamic State-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) operating in the vast Maguindanao marshland.

They were accepted by Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army's 33rd Infantry Battalion, representatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and civil officials.

Cabunoc ...