Unfortunately, those who don’t live by the sword are usually the ones who get cut anyways. This BBC article provides a decent overview but note the important detail – he was imprisoned but released. You simply can’t do that with terrorists, of any stripe.
EVENING UPDATE:Sitrep from GMA indicates MNLF fleeing in civilian dress. Other local media are reporting that firefighters can’t move to address major fires in three barangays because of the on-going fighting.