The Armed Forces of the Philippines ended its all-out military offensive against Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. “Effective today, the all-out offensive against the BIFF would be ended,” the AFP said in a press statement. After a month-long offensive, the military neutralized more than fifty percent of BIFF’s strength, captured bomb factories, seized encampments in different parts of Maguindanao.
AFP said “we have accounted one hundred thirty-nine (139) enemies killed, fifty-three (53) wounded and twelve (12) captured.”
“They are now splintered into small groups to evade the pursuing soldiers. They are defeated in the battlefield by our gallant soldiers, marines and policemen,” the military said. Though all-out offensive ended, government security forces will continuously pursue remnants of BIFF in their temporary hideouts inside the Liguasan marshlands and even in the mountainous areas.
Starting today the military “will coordinate with the local government of ARMM and the province of Maguindanao for the safe return of the residents back to their homes.”
“Rest assured that your Armed Forces of the Philippines will remain as your partners for peace and development. We will never abandon our constitutional mandate of protecting the people from any armed aggression,” the military notes.