From Tempo (Oct 25): Manhunt vs BIFF launched
Government troops have a launched pursuit operations against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who attacked a predominantly Christian village in Quirino, Sultan Kudarat, leaving two people dead including a militiaman and a BIFF rebel.
Lt. Col. Markton Abo, 33rd Infantry Battalion commander, said troops who were conducting clearing operations were able to recover yesterday four other bodies believed to be that of the fleeing rebels within the boundary of Qurino town and SK Pendatun town in Maguindanao.
Abo said some 50 BIFF rebels led by Commander Magnum swooped down on Barangay Katico in Quirino town early morning Tuesday but were repulsed by members of the Civilian Volunteers Organization led by chairman Sancho Salamanca.
Killed during the skirmishes were Salamanca’s brother, Maximo, and Salilama Dangkalan, a BIFF member.
A militiaman identified as Jose Lozano and a civilian, Javier Yadao, were wounded.
Two rebels identifed as Mohamed Landasan and Gusi Kamid Pagao were reported to have been wounded but were rescued by their colleagues.
Quirino Mayor Azel Mangudadatu has asked the military to intensify its manhunt operations against the rebels.
Senior Supt. Rex dela Rosa, Sultan Kudarat police director, said they are set to file criminal charges against the BIFF rebels who sowed terror in the area.