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MILF, BIFF debunk Napeñas claim SAF men killed 250 rebels

By: - Correspondent / @kmanlupigINQ
/ 04:12 PM February 09, 2015
Relieved Philippine National Police Chief Superintendent Getulio Napenas, commander of the SAF (Special Action Force) that figured in the police operation to capture Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, one of Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Jan. 25 that killed 44 elite police commandos, takes his oath at the start of the Philippine Senate probe Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines.  AP

Relieved Philippine National Police Chief Superintendent Getulio Napenas, commander of the SAF (Special Action Force) that figured in the police operation to capture Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, one of Asia’s most-wanted terror suspects, Jan. 25 that killed 44 elite police commandos, takes his oath at the start of the Philippine Senate probe Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. AP

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) just shrugged off the claims by former Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas that the police commandos that launched the operation against high value targets in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao were able to kill at least 250 rebels in the 11-hour gun battle.

Von Al Haq, vice chair for military affairs of the MILF, said that he found it illogical for Napeñas to claim that the highly trained police commandos were able to protect their line and were able to deliver heavy damage to the armed rebels.

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“Who will believe that? Maybe they also counted the rocks in the area,” Al Haq told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

BIFF spokesperson Abu Misri Mama agreed, adding that their own group suffered only one fatality.

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“Napeñas is a liar. Why would he claim that the SAF were able to kill that many people when they were already pinned down?” Mama said.

Mama revealed that they were among those who engaged the 55th Special Action Company at the cornfield. The BIFF is believed to have taken 10 high-powered firearms, including a 90RR or recoilless rifle.

Al Haq, however, said the Senate inquiry was an acceptable process while commending some of the senators for asking the right questions.

“Ok naman (It was OK). Pero (But), let us wait for more ,” Al Haq said.

He also said claims that some of the SAF commandos were executed at close range were “hard to believe” and urged the public to wait for the completion of the investigation.

“Let us wait for the investigation,” Al Haq said.

But for the BIFF, Mama said they were anxious and were gearing up for possible government retaliation over the Mamasapano carnage.

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“We are here waiting for them to enter our territory. And we will fight back and then run and then fight back again. That is our principle as a guerrilla group,” Mama said.

“We will wait here in Maguindanao,” Mama added.

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