Civilians numb to MNLF-BIFF union

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The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has vowed not to support or form an alliance with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) but admitted that some MNLF members have relatives among the fighters, Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 6th division said in a report.

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But Mindanao civilians are indifferent to the possible union of MNLF and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said over the weekend.

Gutierrez said civilians in Mindanao are tired of moving from one place to another, noting what they had encountered in a bloody siege during the conflict between the MNLF and the military troops.

But the bishop believes that even if the MNLF and the BIFF forces unite, they cannot defeat the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

He added that through prayers, all evil doings will be defeated.

Some MNLF members are reportedly helping the BIFF since some followers of MNLF founder Nur Misuari have relatives among the fighters.

On the other hand, the military could not disclose the number of MNLF members who have kin in the BIFF.

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