From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 27): Military movement in Maguindanao aimed at BIFF --CCCH chief
Brig. Gen. Carlito Galvez, chief of the Government of the
Republic-Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH),
clarified on Sunday that the movement of military units in Datu Unsay and Datu
Saudi towns, Maguindanao late this week was not aimed at the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF).
He said that this move was aimed at preventing members of the Bangsamoro
Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) from harassing and attacking civilians in the
"The movement of troops (helicopter flights) was done as a show of
strength against the BIFF so that they will not create trouble in those areas.
The MILF misconstrued it (as a possible truce violation) as those areas are
near their positions," Galvez said in Filipino.
He added that the troop movements in the above-mentioned towns were done
"pre-emptively" so that the BIFF will have second thoughts about
attacking, especially during President Benigno S. Aquino III's fifth
State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
Galvez clarified that the area where the military positioned themselves is
not under MILF control, hence the slight delay in relaying this information to
He also said that the commander of the military units have already visited
the MILF positions and explained to the latter's leaders their reason for the
MILF officials accepted the reason for the move, Galvez added.