Govt, MILF join forces in all-out war vs BIFF

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Government forces are working with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to carry out an all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), according to Malacañang.

Citing information from the military, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Thursday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are coordinating with MILF units in areas where there are operations against the BIFF.

“Sila ay katuwang natin sa prosesong pangkapayaan at ‘yung mga lugar na pinangyayarihan ay kasama sa mga lugar na sakop ng [They in the MILF are our partners in the peace process and the places where the operations against the BIFF are taking place are covered by the] FAB [Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro] [and the]CAB [Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro],” Coloma added, referring to agreements signed by the government with the MILF after years of peace negotiations.

The all-out offensive against the BIFF came after the BIFF, supposedly a breakaway group of the MILF, attacked several villages in parts of Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces in Mindanao in southern Philippines, displacing thousands of families.


Coloma said President Benigno Aquino 3rd has reminded the AFP to ensure that the offensive against the BIFF will spare civilians.

“Mahalagang elemento rin ng pagsasagawa ng mga operasyon ay ‘yung pagpatnubay ng Pangulo na sa pagkilos nila sa lugar na ‘yon, kinakailangang tiyakin din na hindi magkakaroon ng collateral damage sa mga civilian communities [An important element of the military operations is the guidance from the President that such operations won’t cause collateral damage to civilian communities,” he added.

The AFP earlier said unit commanders had been reminded to coordinate with the PNP to avoid clashes with the MILF.

The “all-out offensive” order came after the January 25 police operation against Malaysian terror suspect Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and his Filipino cohort, Abdul Basit Usman.

Although Marwan is said to have been killed, the ensuing clash left 44 policemen, 18 MILF fighters and at least five civilians dead.

Ahead of the all-out offensive, the military was advised also on Thursday to carefully plan the assault against the BIFF.

Part of such offensive ordered by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. on Wednesday, according to Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesman for the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, is the assistance of the MILF in identifying BIFF lairs.

Last year, the group lost almost all of their camps to the military and its forces are believed to be hiding in Liguasan Marsh in the central part of Mindanao and in communities where MILF fighters are found.

Catapang’s order for the all-out offensive, according to Petinglay, would not be automatically carried out because of “constraints” that include identifying exact positions of the BIFF.

She said the military has the names of the BIFF leaders but not of the majority of their armed members who, Petinglay added, could easily mingle with civilians.

The spokesman noted that the terrain would be a big factor in ensuring the success of the all-out offensive since Liguasan is a huge wetland.

WITH FERNAN MARASIGAN AND AL JACINTO

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  1. CATAPANG magpalit ka na ng pangalan. CADUWAG, CASIPSIP! Yan bagay sayo yan. Sunud-snuran kay BS Aquino. Maawa ka sa mga sundalo. Mga inosente ang mga yan. Alam nating lahat na palabas nyo lang lahat yan para matabunan issues ng SAF. Hindi na ninyo maloloko ang mga tao. Masyado nakakahiya ang ginagawa ninyo. You are working with the terrorists. They are the KILLERS of the 44 SAF. This is a clear manifestation na kaya hindi ninyo tinulungan ang SAF 44 eh dahil mas pinoprotektahan ninyo ang MILF. SHAME ON YOU! You do not even deserve a “ONE STAR” general rank!

  2. STOP THIS NONSENSE WAR GAME/SHOW! Wala naman talaga kayong kalaban. Kasi kung meron, sigurado hindi kayo susugod! Kunyari may BIFF na kalaban. Ang totoo, andun na BIFF kasama ng MILF. Kunyari may nakitang pagawaan ng bomba. Pero ang totoo, set-up para makalusot ang BBL. Tingnan ninyo video footage. Panay ang bomba maski walang kalaban. Wag na tayo maglokohan. Pati nga yun mga isinoling baril, binili ng OPPAP eh. Magkano kaya ang kumisyon nina Deles at Ferrer kapag naipasa ang BBL. Sigurado si PNOY meron din. Nangangamoy pera kaya nagmamadali maipasa ang BBL. Ang MILF naman, nangangati na kamay sa paghawak ng mas pinalawak na kapangyarihan. Dami pera, dami pambili ng mga baril at bomba!

  3. I am praying that all Filipinos will take this seriously. Please do not be fooled by these shameless politicians. I believe that mamasapano massacre happened for a reason. Painful as it is. But this is a clear manifestation that our God is in control. He allowed these things to happen in order to reveal the true character of BS Aquino. A liar, dishonest and incompetent leader. Selfish, insensitive, tactless and hypocrite BS Aquino. First, he allowed a suspended and incompetent general to run a military operation. Now, launched another war game just to make a show to our people that MILF’s are his allies. The SAF killers are now partners in peace? Ridiculous! AFP did not help SAF because of non coordination. Now, AFP is on the battle ground together with MILF! Pity on the SAF troopers. Bukas makalawa, ang MILF sinasabitan na ni PNOY ng medal of VALOR. While ang fallen 44, medal of bravery lang. Where is JUSTICE NOW? Anong sabi nina Escudero, Trillanes at Drilon? Wala daw kasalanan si PNOY. Sayang, ang tatalino nyo pa naman. Nilamon na kayo ng pagkagahaman sa kapangyarihan at pera. Kung ako ang magulang nyo, sobrang IKAKAHIYA ko kayo. Sayang ang perang ipinag paaral sa inyo. Wala kayong values. HIndi ninyo alam kumilala ng TAMA AT MALI.

  4. As disappointing as it is, our leaders proved to be incompetent and IDIOTS! Not only good in negotiating with the terrorists but working together with the terrorists! OMG! They refused to help SAF. And now… they are working together with the KILLERS OF THE SAF! SHAME ON YOU MR. PRESIDENT! Shame on your family! You are a BIG CURSE TO OUR COUNTRY! Thank GOD, I did’nt vote for you. And those generals who are with you, NAKAKAHIYA KAYONG LAHAT! Paulit ulit ninyong tinatadyakan ang mga SAF heroes dahil sa ginagawa nyo. We all know na walang kalaban. Ang mga BIFF? andun kasama na ng mga MILF. and they laugh together at YOU! Noon Sabah ang nakuha ng Malaysia, Next year after maipasa ang BBL, Mindanao na man.

  5. Kawawa mga sundalo natin. Nagagamit sa kabuwangan ni BS Aquino. Ang mga kapanalig na heneral, walang malasakit sa mga tauhan nila palibhasa binubusog ni Aquino. Malaking palabas lamang ito para ipakita kuno na kakampi ng gobyerno ang MILF. Hudas ka talaga PNOY! Ikaw ang asset ng mga terorista sa pamahalaan. Biktima ang mga civilians at mga sundalo. For all we know, wala na talaga tao sa mga lugar na yan kasi nasabihan na ng mga teroristang MILF ang mga kamag anak nilang BIFF. ayun humalo na sa mga civilians at kasama pang kinukupkop sa evacuation centers. Kawawa naman tayo. Masyado tayo ginagawang tanga ng HANGAL nating pangulo. Habang ang mga kakamping senador at congressmen na binusog sa DAP, hayun pilit inaabsuwelto si PNOY. Idagdag pa natin ang mga matatalinong spokespersons. Abogado pa naman pero hindi naiintindihan ang mga sinasabi nya. Hindi raw nakikialam si PNOY sa operational level. Eh bakit nya pinayagan si BFF Purisima nya na makialam? Kung tutuusin si Napenas eh biktima nina PNOY at Purisima. na WOW MALI sya. Kawawang heneral. Tsk.. Tsk…

  6. Abnoy-noyingski on

    Ang gobyerno natin kahit labag sa batas ay pinayagan nilang makipagbanatan ang MILF laban sa BIFF at Abu-Sayyaf. Tsk tsk tsk, desperate move para ipakitang kakampi ng Abnoy na ito ang mga terrorists!

  7. Frisco Consolacion on

    Most likely the EX-MILF BIFF members and their relatives are jumping back to the MILF CAMP during this so-called all-out-war vs BIFF. WOW, SO MANY “Fs” involved! Little blood here, little blood over there…skirmishes here…skirmishes over there. And the prize – P70B! Very much worth the effort!

  8. u believe that? Don’t try to fool our kababayan again Malacanang! milf,biff ,abu sayaff are all of d same kind.brotherhood in crimes.coddling Marwan and Usman basit for years and massacred our 44 SAF heroes,yet u tried to fool us.cut d bull…..

  9. This move of the government is totally absurd and very appalling, it is a move that the government and the military should not to be proud of, it only indicates that by joining forces with a rebel group, the Philippines military is not a powerful force that is capable to combat an internal threat of a small group of marauders.

    Shame on Catapang(his name is opposite of its meaning), to condone such an act of contriving tactical alliance with an enemy of the state, shame on all field commanders for not having to question the sagaciousness of the command, that could be used against their troops in future battles with this rebels, who will have more tactical knowledge of the military’s strategies.

    The government had shown the Filipinos, that the republic had surrendered its will to fight the rebels and had handed its sovereignty in Mindanao to MILF. All these loses are due to Filipino electorates poor choices in electing lawmakers and leaders, in return for a pittance and a sideshow.

  10. I just hope that the PH government open it’s eyes and see that they are just being played/toyed with by that MILF/BIFF/ABUSAYAFF/ whatever they are since they all are rebels/terrorists being supplied by the Malaysian government whom gonna own mindanao if plans of separation from the Philippine government succeeds.

  11. This is the real moro-moro deal.MILF,BIFF and ABU SAYYAF are part of the Bangsamoro Mafia and Malaysia as their Godfather.Malaking sampal ito sa ating Fallen 44 what an insult to our SAF commandos who together killed international terrorist Marwan.They didnt get help.

  12. Bakit ang report ay 18 MILF fighters died in the Jan 25 clash? Eh hindi ba sinabi ni PNP-SAF Team Leader Train that he personally shot dead over 85 MILF fighters? Bakit ganu’on?