BIFF remnants engage in terror activities anew

Suspected members of outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) harassed anew a military base in Maguindanao, an Army spokesperson said August 4. Sixth Infantry Division (6ID) spokesperson Caption Joann Petinglay said the attack transpired 8 pm at 34th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.

“Nobody was hurt in the incident, our soldiers are expecting harassment anytime of the day, this is Maguindanao,” Capt. Petinglay said. She said a 40 mm rifle grenade landed near the gate of the old provincial capitol compound.

“We expect this from the BIFF, mahirap mahilum ang sugat ng nakaraan,” she said. The military has reduced the strength of BIFF from 100 into less than 20 after a month-long air and ground assaults in February.

“We are expecting this as we hope these lawless elements will have a change of heart and help bring about peace in their communities,” she added.

“We continue to perform our duties, now that no armed is on going, we focus our attention to helping rebuild school buildings because we believed in the importance of education among Maguindanao children,” Capt. Petinglay said.