AFP: BIFF now a terrorist group

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

THE Philippine Army in Cotabato City said it now considers the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as bandits and terrorists after the leaders of the group publicly admitted that they support the international terrorist organization Independent State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

ISIS, which is based in Iraq, has been terrorizing Iraqis and other nationals who refuse to join them.

Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division inspector general Col. Dickson Hermoso said the military will continue to remain on guard against the terrorists after BIFF spokesperson Abu Misry Mama announced that they have allied with the dreaded ISIS militants.

"The BIFF has no legitimate revolutionary ideology but plain and simple banditry and terrorism," Hermoso said.

He said the rebel group has been making difficult the lives of Maguundanao people.

The inspector general said that aside from terrorizing civilian communities, the BIFF members are also into illegal drugs as evidenced by shabu paraphernalia recovered by pursuing government forces every time the bandits attack Army detachments in Maguindanao.

Headed by foreign-trained guerrilla Omra Ameril Kato, the BIFF broke away from the mainstream Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2008 after the botched signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD).

After the separation, the BIFF had been attacking military installations in Maguindanao which displaced thousands of Bangsamoro people.

The latest atrocities perpetrated by the militants was the setting off of a roadside bomb on Friday dawn in Barangay Sambolawan, Datu Salibo in Maguindanao which targeted an Army convoy but hit a civilian car instead, leaving four commuters wounded. (PNA/Sunnex)

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