From ABS-CBN (Feb 17): BIFF supported by businessmen, politicians?
Some politicians and businessmen are allegedly supporting the Moro renegade group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Central Mindanao.
BIFF spokesperson Abu Missry Mama, on Monday, said there are businessmen and politicians supplying them with firearms and ammunitions.
"Hindi naman tayo mauubusan ng bala at baril eh, kasi merong mga negosyante diyan na nagsusupply sa atin, yung iba sa kanila mga pulitiko rin at sa side ng gubyerno," Mama said.
After the recent offensive of the military against the BIFF in Maguindanao, Mama said their forces are still strong.
He added that they are even expanding and they have new members in the different parts of Mindanao.
"Hindi tayo natinag, walang namatay sa atin. Hindi tayo nagrerecruit, pero mas dumadami pa tayo kasi naiisip siguro nila na tama ang ipinaglalaban natin," Mama said.
Mama said they are not yet ready to have a dialogue with the government and the MILF.
This is after the statement of MILF chief negotiator Mohager Iqbal that MILF is not closing their door to their former members.
Mama also said it doesn't matter if they are not covered by the ceasefire as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Ging Deles announced during the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission office.
"Yun ang pinakamagandang sinabi ni Iqbal, pero hindi pa tayo handa na makipag-usap. Iba ang ipinaglalaban nila, iba rin yung sa amin," Mama said.
"Hindi na mahalaga kung hindi tayo sakop ng ceasefire, ganun talaga. Itutuloy parin natin ang ating ipinaglalaban," Mama added.
Mama said they will continue to struggle for total independence through an independent Islamic state.