Government troops clash with BIFF in Maguindanao

Published January 16, 2019, 7:49 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Francis Wakefield

A number of firearms and an Anti-Personnel Mine in a four liter container were recovered by government troops following an encounter against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao on Tuesday, January 15.

A military report disclosed that troops from the Army’s 40th Infantry Battalion were conducting security patrol in the area as part of effort to ensure that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite is conducted without any interruption, when they sighted an undetermined number of fully armed men in Brgy. Inaladan, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao at about 4:35 a.m. Tuesday.

A brief firefight then ensued between the two sides which lasted for 10 minutes, after which the enemy withdrew to a still unknown destination.

The operation resulted to the recovery of three M14 rifles, one AR18 Armalite rifle and one component of “Anti-Personnel Mine” in a 4 liter container.

Prior to the security patrol, a concerned civilian reported to authorities that an armed group was seen in Brgy. Inaladan with Anti-Personnel Mines.

Army 6th Infantry Division Commander Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana commended Lt. Col. Edgar Catu, the Commanding Officer of the 40th Infantry Battalion, for the latest achievement.

“Certainly, it (operation) thwarted the hostile plan of the terror group,” Sobejana said.

“Indeed, the support and cooperation of the people in Central Mindanao significantly contributed to the better peace and order in the division’s AOR (area of responsibility),” Sobejana said.