CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A dozen members of the lawless Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), five of them bomb-makers, surrendered to the military in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Saturday.Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander and concurrent… Read More
August 31, 2021
AMPATUAN, Maguindanao – Twelve Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who said they were deceived into joining the terror group surrendered to the military on Monday afternoon.Col. Pedro Balisi, commander of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade (1MIBde), said on Tuesday the… Read More
August 26, 2021
MANILA – The Taguig Regional Trial Court sentenced on Tuesday 10 members of the extremist Maute Group to up to 40 years imprisonment for the abduction of six saw mill workers, two of whom were beheaded, in Butig, Lanao del Sur in 2016.Among the 10 found guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal… Read More
August 26, 2021
CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Six more members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) yielded to the military in this province on Wednesday afternoon.The latest batch of surrenderers came barely a day after 10 of their comrades also gave up to the Army’s 1st Mechanized… Read More
CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Thirteen combatants of the extremist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), with six identified as bomb experts, surrendered at the Army’s 601st Brigade (601Bde) headquarters in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat on Friday, for the opportunity to be with their families again.
In a report, Brig. Gen. Roy Galido, commander of the 601Bde, identified the surrenderer as Muntani Kutin, Bayan Kabilan, Mohamad Usman, Yasser Guiwan, Tugan Guiwan, Datusela Guiwan, Leto Akil Buka, Ronnie Pelmin, Page Pegkag Usman, Randy Guialudin, Misuari Kanakan, Abu Amir Ilian, and Puti Kanakan, all belonging to the BIFF-Karialan faction.
Galido said the surrenderers also gave up assorted firearms, among them M79 grenade launchers, an M14 assault rifle, a .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifle, three machine pistols, B40 anti-tank rocket launchers, and 40-mm. grenade projectiles.
“We are tired of fighting. It is a futile cause to fight the government,” Kanakan, one of the surrenderers, said in the vernacular over a phone patch interview by reporters here Saturday.
Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, lauded the 601Bde for convincing the former BIFF members to surrender.
“The path of peace is better than fighting a lost cause,” Uy said.
Records of the 6ID showed at least 100 BIFF gunmen have surrendered to the military in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces in the past 15 months. (PNA)
May 16, 2021, 3:27 pm
MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Sunday ordered police units to intensify offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).Eleazar made the directive following Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Carlito Galvez… Read More
Government cannot wage a war against its own people
May 11, 2021
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday sought the help of Bangsamoro officials to stop the violence and terror acts perpetrated by extremist groups such as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao.Duterte made the appeal during his meeting with Bangsamoro officials,… Read More
January 26, 2021, 8:54 am
COTABATO CITY – A motorcycle rider was killed and another was hurt in a roadside bombing in Maguindanao’s upland town of South Upi on Tuesday morning.Mayor Reynalbert Insular said the explosion, triggered by an improvised explosive device (IED), occurred at 5:45 a.m. along the highway in… Read More