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Top BIFF commander killed in Maguindanao clashes–military

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The military believes the leader of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Ameril Umra Kato (in photo), had suffered a stroke and the secessionist group was now under the command of Kato’s right-hand man, Commander Muhaiden Animbang, aka Kagi Karialan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A top lieutenant of Ameril Umbra Kato, leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, was one of the fatalities of the series of clashes between Moro rebels and the government forces in Maguindanao, the military said Friday.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

MILF, gov’t to protect Mindanao from BIFF attacks

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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Tuesday said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is working with government forces to secure communities in Mindanao from its breakaway group.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Criminal complaints filed against Kato, 113 rebels

RENEGADE Moro rebel leader Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Police are seeking murder and kidnapping charges against members of a Muslim rebel faction for a rampage that killed dozens of combatants and forced thousands of villagers to flee in the southern Philippines last month, officials said Wednesday.

Posted: September 5th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Police, military seek public help in locating Kato

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RENEGADE Moro rebel leader Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The military on Tuesday appealed to the public for assistance in locating breakaway Moro group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) leader Ameril Umbra Kato following the series of attacks in Maguindanao last month.

Posted: September 4th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Kato still in command of MILF splinter group, says aide

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Ameril Umbra Kato, right, the commander of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the breakaway faction of the largest Filipino Muslim rebel group, leads his men in prayers inside his rebel stronghold in Maguindanao Tuesday. AP FILE PHOTO

Moro rebel leader Ameril Umbra Kato might be ill but he remains in control of the group he had founded in 2010, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement, one of his aides said Wednesday.

Posted: August 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Military statement on Kato gunmen mixing with evacuees worries UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it was concerned about a recent military statement that said fleeing gunmen under Ameril Umbra Kato had mixed with evacuees in various evacuation centers in Maguindanao.

Posted: August 17th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Moro breakaway rebels stage simultaneous attacks; 3 dead

Avenging the loss of a comrade, Moro breakaway rebels simultaneously attacked Army detachments in seven towns in Maguindanao and North Cotabato shortly before Sunday midnight.

Posted: August 6th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Military urges Kato followers to surrender, be part of peace talks

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Whether their leader is dead or seriously ill, followers of renegade Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) commander Ameril Umbra Kato were told to either surrender to the government or to return to the mainstream MILF and be part of the peace process.

Posted: November 28th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Ameril Umra Kato dead—Muslim leader

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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

Ameril Umbra Kato, the leader of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, succumbed to a stroke Saturday morning, according to a Muslim leader in Manila.

Posted: November 26th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Medical offer for Kato doesn’t mean he’s off the hook

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Government’s offer of medical assistance to Moro rebel leader Ameril Umbra-Kato doesn’t mean he’s now off the hook, military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Burgos said Friday.

Posted: November 25th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Military checking reported death of Kato follower in ‘rido’

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The military here was verifying reports one of the followers of Ameril Umbra Kato was slain in a clan war triggered by a long-standing land dispute.

Posted: November 21st, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

MILF submits new peace proposal to re-start talks with Philippine gov’t

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has submitted a new proposal to the government peace panel.

Posted: October 5th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

MILF rebels expel rogue commander

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ main Muslim rebel group said Monday it had officially expelled a rogue commander who was opposed to peace talks and had formed his own unit that launched deadly recent attacks. Ameril Umbra Kato’s ejection from the 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) meant he was no longer covered by a [...]

Posted: October 3rd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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