From GMA News (Feb 21): AFP: 4 soldiers hurt in Davao Oriental clash with NPA guerrillas
Four Army members were reported injured in an encounter with New People's Army insurgents in Davao Oriental early Saturday morning.
Maj. Gen. Eduardo Ano, head of the Army's 10th Infantry Division, said the fighting occured at Sitio Maitum in Barangay Mahayag, in Banay-Banay town at about 6 a.m.
He said a 20-minute firefight occurred as the Army's 28th Infantry Battalion caught up with around 10 NPAs.
At the time, he said soldiers have been pursuing NPA guerrillas who attacked the Mati City police station last week.
Recovered from the rebels were an M-16 rifle, one hand grenade and five backpacks.
Since the attack on the Mati City police station last Feb. 15, two firefights have occurred.
Prof. Ferrer also said that the MILF main gun factory in Camp Abubakar was already demolished during the time of President Estrada when he declared all-out-war with the Moro front.
Prof. Ferrer also said that the GPH panel had conducted an investigation after Senator Alan Peter Cayetano claimed the MILF has a weapons factory in barangay (sitio) Katol, General Salipada Pendatun, Maguindanao.
"It's not there. We know, we have checked the area. We did our own checking and what we found out is the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters has its own improvised explosive device (IED) factory in the area," she said.
The chief peace negotiator said the government is not negotiating with the BIFF simply because the latter group does not want peace.
The MILF tried but failed to convince the BIFF leadership to stay with the group and forge a lasting peace deal with the government.
The BIFF now categorized as a terrorist group is pursuing the independence of Mindanao and create an Islamic State.
"Right now, they do not want to negotiate with us. They are doing all these things, sniping our military forces. The conditions are not there to negotiate with them and the conditions actually require that we incapacitate them," she said.