Five BIFF members killed in latest Maguindanao hostilitiesMay 12, 2021
MAGUINDANAO – Five members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) perished in a gunfight with pursuing soldiers in Datu Paglas town Wednesday.
Authorities initially identified the five BIFF gunmen as Anding, Said, Bitol, Musib, and Habib. They perished in the encounter with soldiers under the Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade.
Habib comes from North Cotabato, sources said.
They were among about a hundred BIFF gunmen who stormed the town proper of Datu Paglas town on Saturday morning, provoking an hour-long gunfight with responding military units.
Brig. Gen. Roy Galido, commander of the 601st Infantry Brigade, said the soldiers checked on the reported presence of armed men in the outskirts of Datu Paglas.
While on the way, the gunmen attacked them. A gunfight erupted resulting to the death of the five BIFF members.
Tuesday’s meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials of the Bangsamoro region and local executives from Maguindanao in the Army’s Camp Siongco in Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao preceded the gunfight.
Duterte then warned to fully flex military might against the BIFF if Bangsamoro officials and local government units in the province cannot neutralize its forces in Maguindanao.
Duterte urged also officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) present in the meeting to help address the problem.
The chief minister of BARMM, Hadji Ahod Ebrahim, is chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The MILF and Malacañang are bound by security compacts enjoining both sides to cooperate in addressing security issues in the Bangsamoro region.