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Bangsamoro office opens amid very tight security

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MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal. AP FILE PHOTO

Security was unusually tight here Saturday as Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles arrived for the inauguration of the office of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), a body that will draft the proposed law that would consolidate the recently signed framework for peace between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

BIFF denies links to al-Qaeda

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).  INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO

The military’s announcement that it had recovered a flag similar to that used by the al-Qaeda international terrorist group during last week’s Maguindanao clashes was aimed at demonizing the group founded by renegade Moro rebel leader Ameril Umra Kato, the spokesperson of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters said Wednesday.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Kato still calling the shots in BIFF, says spokesman

Ameril Umbra Kato, seated, the commander of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the breakaway faction of the largest Filipino Muslim rebel group, is interviewed by the media inside his rebel stronghold in Maguindanao province in southern Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) leader Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato still calls the shots in the group’s battles against government troops. This claim was made by the rebel group’s spokesman on Wednesday, in debunking reports that Kato has become paralyzed after suffering a stroke.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Mindanao governor cautions against hasty implementation of peace deal

South Cotabato Governor Daisy Fuentes. Photo from http://www.lpp.gov.ph

South Cotabato Governor Daisy Fuentes cautioned Malacañang on Tuesday against rushing the final peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, saying the agreement’s implications to Mindanao as a whole should be carefully considered.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Thousands remain displaced as Army clears 3 towns of BIFF landmines


Thousands of civilians displaced by the week-long military assault against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao still could not return home as government troops’ continue to search for and destroy landmines.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Maguindanao blast: TV crew injured

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Twelve people, including two journalists from Manila, were injured in two explosions in Maguindanao province on Saturday as thousands of civilians displaced by nearly a week of clashes between government forces and hardline Moro rebels appealed to both sides to cease fighting.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Breakaway Moro group disowns commander killed in Maguindanao fighting

Members of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). AFP FILE PHOTO

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) disowned on Saturday a rebel commander the military had claimed was killed in an offensive it mounted six days ago against the hardline Muslim group opposed to peace talks in Mindanao.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

3 BIFF child fighters die in clashes

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CHILD WARRIORS Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, some of them obviously in their teens,  are shown in this photo taken inside the BIFF camp in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province on Friday.The death toll in the ongoing clashes has reached 53, including three child soldiers. JEOFFREY MAITEM/INQUIRER MINDANAO

The military on Friday said three child soldiers recruited by the hardline Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were among 53 people killed in a week of fighting with government forces and that “two foreign combatants” were helping the rebels, including a Malaysian who is wanted for the 2002 bombing in the Indonesian resort island of Bali that killed 110 people.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Army claims seizing BIFF camp in Maguindanao town

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) INQUIRER File Photo

Government troops claimed they overran a stronghold of breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the village of Ganta in Shariff Saidona town Wednesday.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Read More »

Thousands flee as soldiers clash with Moro rebels in North Cotabato


Around 2,000 people have fled their homes in North Cotabato following hostilities between government forces and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza said.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t forces capture 2 Moro rebel camps

LAST RESPECTS  Soldiers from the military’s 6th Infantry Division in Maguindanao pay their last respects to their five comrades who were killed in clashes with Moro rebels in Maguindanao and North Cotabato over the weekend. Government security forces overran two camps of breakaway Moro rebels and killed more than 30 guerrillas in separate gun battles.  JEOFFREY MAITEM/INQUIRER MINDANAO

The military on Monday called off an offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) after capturing two camps of the breakaway insurgent group as peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resumed in Malaysia.

Posted: July 9th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Bomb goes off near Marine HQ in Cotabato City


Unidentified men suspected to be members of a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front set off an explosive outside the old city hall building here used by a unit of the Philippine Marines as headquarters on Wednesday night but no one was reported injured by the blast, Mayor Japal Guiani, Jr. said Thursday.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t captures MILF renegades’ camp

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Members of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Government forces on Monday captured a camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) following intense bombardment and ground offensives on the boundary between Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces, the military reported Tuesday.

Posted: June 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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