“To all civilians, Christians or Muslims, living near military checkpoints, leave now because 100 percent we will launch attacks against them. Leave now so you won’t be caught in crossfire,” Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters Spokesman Abu Misry Mama said in an interview with Manila Bulletin Monday afternoon.
The spokesman from the rebel group added that they will not participate in any investigation from military. “We will not subject ourselves to investigation. If the military enters here to investigate, we will shoot them – We are okay if civilians will investigate.”
On the other hand, Armed Forces of the Philippines is ready to respond. “We are not doing any offensive – if they will initiate anything that will unduly disturb peace in the area, the government will act with all its might to stop them,” AFP spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla said.