Brigadier General Alfredo Rosario, commander of the 602nd Army Brigade based in Cotabato, confirmed that a house was hit during the aerial assault but said that house owner, Ali Masla, was a BIFF
Around 30 members of a BIFF
faction led by Abu Toraife were believed holed up in the area.
The equipment being supplied is compliant with a BIFF
standard that has been jointly established by France, Germany, the UK and the US and operates in the 33 to 40 GHz frequency band.
He said ground troops recovered 14 firearms and the body of a BIFF
fighter at Barangay Pidsandawan.
Joann Petinglay, speaking for the Sixth Infantry Division, said combined elements of 37th Infantry Battalion and the 14th Mechanized Company of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, found the abandoned camp in Sitio Tatapan, Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatua, Maguindanao after villagers tipped off the military it was a BIFF
camp left after a brief clash Monday night.
Encinas said information reaching the military showed that Tudon and his men were engaged in drug dealing, along with Abdulatif Pendaliday, known as 'Grasscutter,' a BIFF
leader operating in Datu Paglas and nearby towns.
But the military claimed that more than 50 BIFF combatants were killed during the operations that resulted in I the recovery of a BIFF
camp in Maguindanao.
But Maningkala's life as a BIFF
fighter being hunted by soldiers ended right there.
He said eight BIFF gunmen were also injured and that a BIFF
bomb expert and his wife had been captured.
Tayong said the BIFF gunmen, numbering around 10, were led by Guinda Mamaluba, a BIFF
Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army's 33rd Infantry Battalion, said firearms were also seized during Friday's early morning raid on the lair of Sindatok Dilna, alias 'Motolite,' a BIFF
leader under Commander Gani Saligan.
Napoleon Alcarioto, 602nd Brigade spokesperson, said Abraham Cutay, who was scheduled to graduate from a six-month Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit training on Thursday, was killed by a BIFF
recruit in front of his wife as they tried to flee Barangay Malagakit.
On Thursday, the decomposing body of a man, believed to be a BIFF
fighter based on his fatigue uniform with a BIFF
logo, was found in the village of Tee.
Petinglay said troops also seized a BIFF
camp in the village of Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan town after their ground and artillery attacks on Saturday.
"He was a farmer and at the same time an MILF member, but not a BIFF
fighter," said a relative of one of the dead rebels.