The military started its offensive operations against the rebel group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. Initial reports say at least four fighters were killed after firing of artillery on Saturday. Department of National Defense said the rebel group will experience overwhelming firepower and might of the military.
“If they will surrender, that’s fine, but if they will resist, the government will throw everything it has against them,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said as quoted by government operated news outlet. Gazmin is in Baguio City attending Philippine Military Academy grand alumni homecoming.
He explained that if the Moro rebels will immediately surrender further bloodshed will be prevented. He added that the plan is to effectively neutralize the bandit group.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is also on the offensive against BIFF, however, it clarified that it is not fighting in a joint operations with the military.