• Palace: Govt, MILF ready to prevent spillover of BIFF attacks

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    Malacañang on Tuesday assured the public the government has enough forces to maintain peace and order in Mindanao from various armed groups.

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    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are conducting joint law enforcement operations to serve arrest warrants against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

    He noted that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is also working with the government forces to secure communities in Mindanao.

    The BIFF, led by Ameril Umbra Kato, is a splinter group of the MILF.

    “The MILF are part of the operations to secure their communities and prevent entry of BIFF elements,” he added.

    According to Coloma, they received reports quoting the group’s spokesman as saying that the BIFF will not sabotage the peace process between the Philippine government and the MILF.

    “Government is hopeful that with the support of the citizenry there will be no serious disruption of the peace process,” he said.

    The Palace official, meanwhile, said that the government will continue to perform its task of ensuring peace and statbility and protecting the citizens.

    “It is still the primordial duty of the state to maintain law and order,” he pointed out. CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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