BIFF member killed in Maguindanao encounter, 2 others yield
Aileen Cerrudo • December 24, 2020 • 673
MANILA, Philippines — A member of the terrorist group, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was killed in an encounter with the military in Maguindanao on Wednesday morning (December 23).
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) reported Nasser Kandao was killed after an encounter with AFP troops during its blocking operations in Barangay Limpongo, Datu Hoffer in Maguindanao.
Recovered from the encounter site is a motorcycle and an M16 rifle. Hot pursuit operation continues for the other BIFF members that managed to escape. Meanwhile injured troops are recuperating in the hospital.
Meanwhile, two BIFF members yielded to the Philippine National Police (PNP). Authorities reported they are members of the BIFF-Karialan faction. The members also surrendered a .50 caliber sniper.
In appreciation of their decision, the Datu Montawal local government provided each BIFF surrenderer with a sack of rice and cash assistance. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)
MANILA, Philippines — Four members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) —Karialan faction were killed during a military operation in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao on Wednesday (May 12).
Brigadier General Roy Galido, commander of 601st Infantry Brigade, confirmed that they were in pursuit of the BIFF group—Karialan faction following a clash with military forces near the public market of the said town last Saturday, May 8.
The BIFF group tried to evade security forces during the intensified manhunt operations of military and police. Accordingly, the operating troops recovered 4 dead bodies belonging to the extremist group, one high powered firearm, and other war materials.
The clash came after the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte inside the headquarters of the 6th Infantry Division in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on May 11.
Major General Juvymax Uy, Commander of the Joint Task Force Central and 6th Infantry Division, applauded the efforts of the operating troops against the BIFF.
“Your efforts is a manifestation of your commitment to serve the Filipino people,” Maj. Gen. Uy said. He further stressed that the JTF Central and 6ID will continue its intensified operation against the said groups to prevent them from hurting the civilian populace and destroying infrastructures,” he said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to leaders of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to help the national government deal with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and other terrorist groups to prevent an “all-out offensive” against the militants.
Duterte made the appeal during his meeting with BARMM officials, police and military commanders in 6th Infantry Division (6ID) at Camp Brigadier General Gonzalo Siongco in Datu Odin, Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Tuesday.
“Nagmamakaawa ako sa inyo, tulungan ninyo ako. Because otherwise, if I give the order for an all-out offensive, it will be bloody and it will be sad,” he said.
The president also asked Bangsamoro authorities to refuse terrorist groups seeking sanctuary in their communities to stop any violence and prevent him from using force.
“This cannot go on. Kung hindi ko mapigilan and there will be an all-out offensive, yan na ang problema. If I give the order, I will no longer withdraw it,” he said.
Duterte visited Maguindanao following the clash between soldiers and some BIFF members last Saturday.
Around 20 BIFF members occupied the Datu Paglas public market but state security forces drove them away before they could attack civilian residents.
MANILA, Philippines — A local terrorist group sub-leader was neutralized in a special military operation in Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) said.
In a statement, WestMinCom chief Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan Jr. said the operation was conducted on May 11 in Barangay Dapaiawan, Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao.
Members of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade launched the operation, which led to the death of Kopang Sahak, a.k.a. Tarzan, a sub-leader of the Daulah Islamiyah-Maguid Group.
Kopang Sahak had a standing warrant of arrest for frustrated murder charges and was also listed in the Department of National Defense (DND) Arrest Order No. 216, according to 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade commander, Colonel Pedro Balisi.
“With the neutralization of their leader, it is expected that the group will weaken,” Vinluan said.
Major General Juvymax Uy, commander of the Joint Task Force Central, said state forces will continue to mount offensives to go after the remaining members of the Daulah Islamiyah-Maguid Group in the area.
Since January 2021, a total of 11 Daulah Islamiyah personalities were neutralized in central Mindanao, the military said.
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