From Ang Malay (Mar 26): Philippine Army camps on former BIFF havens
Philippine Army troopers will now encamp in former Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters hideouts as part of continued operation against the said group of bandits.
Encampment on BIFF lairs is stage called holding phase “to prevent the armed lawless group from going back to said areas,” 6th Infantry Dvision public affairs chief Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay said.
As part of the said phase, 34th Infantry Battalion of the 8th ID commander Lieutenant Colonel Edgar delos Reyes “will augment the 6ID’s efforts in maintaining peace and security in its area of responsibility, which covers the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur province and parts of North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.”
On Monday, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff General Catapang said that all-out offensive against the terror group will continue amid calls to stop. “We want to take advantage that our soldiers na nand’yan na ngayon should be familiar with the terrain and the areas and we have to clear it with terrorists, clear it from being a haven of IED factory.”
“I think this is the output of our all-out offensive. We realized that these terrorists have turned that place into a terrorist haven and they have turned that place into an IED factory haven. Mas sobra pa sa Bocaue ang ginawa nila,” the AFP Chief-of-Staff said.