12 more extremists yield in Maguindanao

 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

10 Maute members meted 40-year jail term for kidnapping, murder

 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

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16 BIFF extremists surrender in Maguindanao

 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

13 BIFF combatants surrender in Sultan

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.

YIELDED WEAPONS. Surrendering combatants of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) sit silently during the ceremony for their formal surrender at the 601st Brigade headquarters in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat on Friday (Aug. 6, 2021). In front of them are the weapons they turned in. (Photo courtesy of 6ID)

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)

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Pleads for end to violence in Maguindanao

 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


Motorist killed, another hurt in roadside blast

 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