From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 30): 6ID Spokesperson assures more than sufficient troops at hand to deal with BIFF
Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesperson of the Maguindanao-based 6th Infantry
Division, said there are more than sufficient troops at hand to deal with the
remaining "Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters" (BIFF) brigands in
The 601st Infantry Brigade is the sole military unit conducting operations
against the bandits.
He added that there is no need to reinforce this outfit as it is more than
enough for the task at hand which consists of blocking and pursuit operations
against the BIFF.
The 601st Infantry Brigade is a field unit of the 6th Infantry Division. It
is composed of three battalions or roughy equivalent to 2,000 officers and
Hermoso said that as of Thursday, no heavy fighting has taken place between
military and BIFF members aside from the sporadic exchange of gunfire in
Barangays Bakat and Ganta, Sharif Saydona Mustapha and Barangay Dambalas in
Datung Piang, all in Maguindanao.
The 6th Infantry Division spokesperson added that the only difficulty being
experienced in this campaign is the terrain which is swampy and hilly at the