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MNLF reorganized with Alonto as new chair; Misuari out

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The pioneers of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), spearheaded by MNLF vice chair Abul Khayr Alonto, have decided to re-organize the group, minus founding chairman Nur Misuari – whom they have labeled as a leader who has veered away from the Bangsamoro dream.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Freed MILF commander vows to work for lasting peace in Mindanao

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In the presence of lawmen and truce monitoring team from here and abroad, Wahid Tundok, the ground commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, vowed to help in the government-MILF peace-building efforts, saying his freedom from arrest was a product of the peace process.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

3 BIFF men hurt in clash with gov’t troops in Maguindanao — Army

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

Three members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were hurt in a clash with government forces in Maguindanao, on Thursday, the Army here said.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Kato delays arrest by staying in MILF communities — military

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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 Umra Kato, a Moro rebel leader who has broken away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and has been leading his men in battles against government troops in protest of the peace pact between the MILF and the Philippine government, has been staying in MILF communities that the military could not just enter, authorities said.

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

Kato still calling the shots in BIFF, says spokesman

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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

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 »

AFP operations vs BIFF in Maguindanao extended until Saturday

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

The military operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have been extended until Saturday as government troops continue to hunt down its members wanted by the law for their criminal activities.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t negotiator Ferrer raps BIFF, says PNP-AFP operations justified

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The government’s chief peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer has lashed at peace saboteurs, particularly those belonging to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters who have been in a running gunbattle with government forces in Maguindanao in the past few days.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Army claims seizing BIFF camp in Maguindanao town

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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 »

PH ready to talk peace with disgruntled groups — OPAPP

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The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has said it was open to dialogue with “the skeptics and the disgruntled” as the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) aim to complete its long-drawn peace talks next year and submit to Congress a comprehensive peace agreement.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t asks MILF to stop illegal arrests, detention by rebel forces

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The government has called on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to exert more control over its forces in the wake of abductions linked to rebel forces in the two Lanao provinces.

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

GenSan townmates welcome Pacquiao victory as gloom-breaker

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Manny Pacquiao’s victory in Macau was welcomed by his townmates in this city as an event that broke the gloom from the past three calamities that hit the country.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Bomb defused at waiting shed in Maguindanao town

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Government troops defused a powerful improvised explosive device planted at a waiting shed in Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao on Tuesday morning.

Posted: November 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

First, last soldiers in Zamboanga siege not among Aquino ‘awardees’

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President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, confers the Distinguished Conduct Star, Distinguished Service Star and Gold Cross Medal to the awardees during the Flag Raising and Awarding Ceremony at the GHQ Canopy, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Monday (November 04, 2013). The Commander-in-Chief honors the men in uniform who gallantly fought to rescue civilian hostages from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) – Misuari faction during the three-week Zambonga City siege last September. Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

President Aquino may have awarded 18 out of the 2,000 troops who successfully accomplished their mission in Zamboanga City, but none of the awardees came from Zamboanga City or Basilan.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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