The Armed Forces of the Philippines confirms the death of a BIFF member during an encounter with Marines in Barangay Pusao, Sharif Saidona Mustapha, Maguindanao yesterday.
At around 6:15 p.m. yesterday (March 16), the dead BIFF member was turned over to the Maguindanao police. He was later identified as a certain Karie Uga Dia, 18 years old. Not long after, he was claimed by his parents Kagi Dia and Kalimadak Uda Dia.
Meanwhile, at around 10:30 a.m., also yesterday, combined elements of the Intelligence Security Group of the Philippine Army, the CIDG, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Explosives, Ordnance and Demolition Team of the Philippine Army conducted search operations in the house which was occupied by Mohammad Ali Tambako in Doña Soledad Subdivision, Barangay Labangan, General Santos City.
The government forces found bomb-making materials including detonating cords, assorted wires, blasting caps, Christmas light bulbs, simcards and improvised circuit boxes.
It is believed that Tambako and his men were planning to carry out bombings in the said area.
AFP Chief-of-staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. has commended the troops of AFP and PNP for the successful operations against the BIFF.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines condemns the criminal acts of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels of planting roadside bombs in a busy road along Los Arcos, Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur in the evening of March 14, 2015 which led to the death of three soldiers included among the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion.
Our soldiers were travelling in a convoy composed of two KM250 and three KM450 trucks were on their way to respond to a reported presence of NPAs intimidating an Indigenous People community in the area, when they were landmined and ambushed by undetermined number of NPA bandits.
Five other soldiers were also wounded in the incident. Their identities are being withheld pending the notification of their families.
These atrocities have proven that the New People’s Army have become a dreaded bandit gang that also attacks government forces.
These atrocities is a clear violation of UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW or CCWC), particularly the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects. The convention covers landmines, booby traps, incendiary weapons, blinding laser weapons and clearance of explosive remnants of war.
This attack is also punishable by Philippine laws that in line with the International Humanitarian Law.
We will conduct investigations on the matter in order to bring the suspects to justice.
At 9pm last night, Sunday, combined elements from the Armed Forces of the Philippines that include ISG, Philippine Army, Task Force Gensan, 6th Military Intelligence Battalion, 1002nd Bde, PA, MIG 12 of ISAFP and the Criminal Investigation Group of the the Philippine National Police, have finally arrested the notorious leader of the lawless elements operating in Maguindanao during the law enforcement operation conducted in General Santos City.
Arrested were Mohammad Ali Tambako, former Vice Chairman for Military Affairs of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and his five companions Datukan Sato Sabiwang, Ali Valley Ludisman, Mesharie Edio Gayak, Abusahma Badrudin Guaimil aka Hansela Omar and Ibrahim Manap Kapina.
They were arrested while onboard a tricycle on their way to the Seaport of General Santos City in Barangay Calumpang.
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City—Over 500 soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will join the Philippine National Police and other organizations to show support to the families of the Fallen SAF 44.
Dubbed as “One Run: Run as One for SAF44 Families,” soldiers, policemen, and civilians will conduct a fun run for the benefit of the bereaved families of the 44 Special Action Force commandos who fell in the line of battle in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City—Soldiers conducting clearing operations at Sitio Tatapan, Brgy Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao recovered several materials used in making Improvised Explosive Devices yesterday (March 12).
While scouring the area, two platoons of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade recovered seven 60mm mortar fuzes, one plastic container of ammonium nitrate, and one roll of electrical wire.
Operating troops also recovered one ballistic helmet, gun powder, two magazines for an M-16 rifle, and a PNP uniform. Clearing operations are still on-going in the area.
The AFP in coordination with the PNP will continuously pursue the BIFF bandits who have scampered from our intensified law enforcement operations.
We will also continue to take part in the on-going relief operations jointly conducted by ARMM Heart and local provincial and municipal governments in the area.