Police, MILF forces in deadly maguindanao clash

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MAGUINDANAO: Dozens of police commandos were reported killed and wounded in fierce clashes on Sunday with Moro Islamic Liberation Front members (MILF) in southern Philippines.

The Special Action Force commandos were pursuing a “high-value” individual on the hinterland village of Tukanalipao in Maguindanao’s Mamasapano town when they intruded into MILF base before dawn, sparking a firefight for many hours.

Intelligence reports said as many as 32 police commandos were feared dead in the encounter, but their bodies have not been recovered because of the sporadic clashes.

The police sent more reinforcement to rescue the commandos, but was also intercepted by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) near the village. Four BIFF fighters were reported slain in the clashes.


Army troops were sent to the area after police sought help from the military to retrieve the slain commandos.

Police and military officials were not immediately available to give a statement, but the MILF, which signed a peace deal with Manila last year, has confirmed the clashes and blamed the police for the violence.

“There were fierce clashes. Police forces attacked the MILF at 2:00 in the morning and our forces have to defend themselves to save their lives,” MILF Vice Chairman and chief peace negotiator, Mohagher Iqbal, told The Manila Times.

Iqbal said the police did not coordinate with the MILF when it launched so-called law enforcement operations in the town. “There was no prior coordination from us and police just launched the operations,” he said.

The 6th Infantry Division was also not informed of the police operations and unaware of it until soldiers reported heavy clashes before daybreak and fighting lasted until late in the afternoon.

The fighting erupted just as President Benigno Aquino 3rd visited Zamboanga City which was the scene of a deadly car bombing blamed on the Abu Sayyaf terrorists. Two people were killed and 54 others wounded in the blast outside a disco bar on Friday.

President Aquino was briefed by police and military officials on the security situation in Zamboanga and later visited blast victims in hospitals. He was also informed about the clashes in Maguindanao, but it was unknown if he would go to the restive province and meet with security and MILF officials.

His sudden visit also coincided with the arrival of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who is advocating federal form of government. Duterte is being pushed by many Filipinos to run for president in next year’s general elections.

President Aquino is said to be eyeing Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as the government’s presidential bet. Aside from Duterte and Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay is also eyeing the presidency.

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  1. It is another sad day for the Philippines. MILF wans to implement Sharia law. Peace in Mindanao with the Muslims is a pipe dream. Sharia law is archaic, it belongs in the dark ages and will never be able to co-exist with the Philippine constitution. Junk the peace treaty and find another way.

  2. They wanted to talk peace with our government and yet they butchered our policemen? Our government should not listen to these kind of people who knows nothing excepts killing innocent people; they are menace to the socities.

  3. ITS TIME TO REACTIVATE THE CHRISTIAN MILITIAS ALL OVER MINDANAO AND GET RID OF THE MOROS WHEREVER THEY ARE. NO MORE PEACE FROM NOW ON.

  4. Where is the rage!!!!! 32 police died in the hands of these terrorist hiding in the skirt of autonomy and what will be our response? Apathy again? These policemen are just doing their job and who the (censored) are these (censored) whom they have to ask permission first? Do they have rules of engagement? If the fire fight lasted for 12 hours what happened to leadership and communication? Is it all lost in the fog of war? If the present government will not pursue justice for the families of these slain men, then the president is truly a lame duck president.

  5. This only proves how dangerous it is our country to approve the BBL deal. MILF believes that Phil Govt has no right to enter what MILF believes to be their territory.

  6. Now they’ve been given partly on what had agreed between the Philippine government, they could be able to buy more arms and recruit subordinates. They can do whatever they want as recently what had happened they even ambushed the police elite troops without further communication. They new it was a government troops. But because they wanted to show how strong their forces are, they did the killings.
    The Philippine Government MUST be vigilant in all ways with their ideologies-MILF/BIFF. This is trap, do not wait until the situation becomes uncontrollable one day.
    Believe me, many of their comrades who joined for now in the government forces will rejoined them to pursue their “Bangsamoro Dream Mindanao Homeland”.
    And they too, have their own Bangsamoro Flags and national anthem in Mindanao.
    To the Philippine Government, Stay focused and strong enough and please do not waste time before it will become worst. Think about it. You got the best brain than them. Otherwise, one day I will be seeing Mindanao like Ukraine.

  7. You cannot have a country within a country. It is impossible to co-exist peacefully with Filipino muslims.

  8. This is an old issue. Never been trusted at all from their demands without disarming themselves. Why the government got into agreement without laying their firepower. This will give them always the opportunity to protect themselves to pursue their intention in making Mindanao archipelago to be a Bangsamoro homeland. When ERAP was the president, the military suffered a lot and successfully recaptured all their camps about 44 plus. They over run away, but when GLORIA seated, the bases went back to their hands..ridiculous!…Put back ERAP in position to recaptured more what he did from the past. I don’t see any ultimate solution giving them the authority to control territory within Philippine territory.

  9. I would like to convey my deepest sympathy to the families of our fallen heroes the PNP special units who died fullfiling thier duties.You will not be forgotten.

  10. This incident shows how dangerous the FOOLISH effort of President BS Aquino and his men and women is to give away a large part of our sovereign territory the MILF’s proposed Bangsamoro substate.
    The Bangsamoro substate will be given the right to have its own police and maintain its armies!!! These will be virtually independent of the PNP and the AFP and the Department of National Defense.
    This foolish campaign of the Aquino government, the OPAPP suppored by the Western POwers, violates our Constitution and is the best way to end the Philippine Republic as envisioned by our founding heroes and by others, like the GREAT late Sen. Claro M. Recto as well as Sen. Jose B. Laurel and the late President Ramon Magsaysay.

  11. The BBL is still up in the air and the MILF and BIFF are already blaming our government for ‘INTRUDING’ in their territory without notice. Are they in another planet or in the Philippines? This is the doing of this government of Pres. Aquino. By appeasing these Muslims, they think they have to be consulted in every move of our soldiers. Nothing is classified anymore on the part of the military. Everything has to be shared with them BUT if one of them is a bandit/terrorist, or whatever you call them, they protect him or them. They keep them in their lair. This is ridiculous, we share our intelligence data with them and they won’t. Precious lives of our dear compatriots are lost, children of soldiers left fatherless and their bodies are not even retrieved. WHERE IS THE GOOD FAITH OF THESE MOROS in entering a peace treaty with the Philippines. Once they get the BBL, the more they will behave as owners of Mindanao that our soldiers will not even penetrate their bases. This BBL is HUGH MISTAKE OF THIS GOVERNMENT. They are NAIVE to think that these Muslims will live by their words.

  12. that’s it, no more peace deal and scrap the bangsa moro entity. these moros can never be trusted. they should all be removed from the country and send them to Sabah. the only option now is all war until they retreat to Sabah. all muslims in Manila and Luzon should also be rounded up and removed.

  13. The World is in turmoil…Islamic extremists are in abundance…recent events in Paris and other places in recent history have proven that they are a very dangerous element in our society…an all out…concerted effort must me made.. proactive seek and destroy…because if not…they will spread their seed and destroy the Philippines!

    • all these wars happening around the world, only Ukraine is not Muslim BUT the foreign Muslims are there too like the Chechens. The Muslims are barbarians, rutless and evil. The world is not the same anymore. How can this President Aquino trust those people when one of their teachings is IN ORDER TO GO TO HEAVEN, BE A MARTYR AND TO BE A MARTYR IS TO KILL NON MUSLIMS. To them, human life is nothing, only themselves are important and their faith. I would rather have my dog with me than with a Muslim because my dog acts and behaves like a true human being. And now, instead of honoring our fallen brothers killed by these MILF and BIFF, some government people and citizens are blaming them for reasons of their own. What kind of society do we have now? This is because our government that is callous, intransigent, bellicose … name, it has educated some of our citizens to be like them. Insensitive, always pointing fingers to others to blame, arrogant but weak in the face of danger lurking due to the BBL. Those women who negotiated the BBL as well as Mr. B. S. Aquino are naive; maybe they are not reading what’s happening around the world like what the DAESH (ISIL) are doing, pillaging, raping, murdering innocent people. They must be waiting for these extremists to pillage Malacanang together with the MILF and BIFF.