By Edwin Fernandez
, Jeoffrey Maitem
Government soldiers on Saturday captured two satellite camps of the breakaway Moro rebel group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the mountains of Datu Unsay and Datu Hoffer towns in Maguindanao.
Colonel Prudencio Asto, speaking for the military’s 6th Infantry Division, said one of the hilltop camps could accommodate more than 100 men and had small makeshift clinic and bunkers.
By Jeoffrey Maitem
Governor Ismael Mangudadatu has called for an investigation on why rice provided by the United Nations World Food Program (UN-WFP) ended in the hands of breakaway Moro rebels behind the attacks that have displaced thousands of residents.
By Ryan D. Rosauro
Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato, leader of a group that broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), passed away Saturday evening in Toril district here, a source with ties to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front said.
Cotabato City, Philippines—The military has tightened the security in Central Mindanao to prevent any attack by armed groups as the situation after the just-concluded talks between the government and Moro rebels remained volatile. Dozens of military tanks have been mobilized to secure the highway in Maguindanao province where the forces of renegade rebel commander Ameril [...]
GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday declared Ameril Umbra Kato as lost command and his Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as insignificant. “Until he returns to the fold of the MILF, he is a lost command,” Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF political affairs chief, said. Kato headed the MILF’s 105th Base Command based [...]
By Dona Z. Pazzibugan
A top military adviser to the government peace panel on Monday urged the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to discipline its forces, warning that continued fighting among the rebels might undermine the upcoming peace talks. In Congress, some lawmakers called on President Benigno Aquino III to suspend negotiations with the MILF until it had shown [...]