WITH one-third of the supposedly 300-strong Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) having been “wiped out” in an ongoing military offensive in Mindanao, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has ordered the military to hunt down remaining members and leaders of the bandit group,including five international terrorists whom they are reportedly coddling.
Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. on Monday said the President has approved a P67-million initial fund for development projects in the South as soon as the BIFF is decimated.
Catapang made the disclosure in a news conference where he announced the arrest of Mohammad Ali Tambako, the leader of the so-called Justice for Islamic Movement tagged by the military as a breakaway group of the BIFF.
“[The President’s order was] to hunt down all the BIFF [rebels]. So as of now, [100 of them have been accounted for, so there are more of them out there]. Of course, the high-value terrorists,we are still running after them, we will continue the operation],” the military chief said.