BIFF rebels face raps for roadside ambush

Ferdinandh Cabrera
Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) are now facing charges after admitting the attack on a miilitary convoy last August 7

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) are now facing charges after admitting the attack on a miilitary convoy last Wednesday, August 7.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has filed cases of multiple murder and multiple attempted murder against the spokesman of the BIFF Abu Misry Mama and more than 20 of its members.

The BIFF admitted to conducting the attack on the convoy of 12th Mechanized Company in Brgy. Nabundas Road in Shariff Saydona Mustapha town last August 7, where 7 army personnel were wounded in a roadside explosion.

After collecting sufficient evidence that could pinpoint the group, the CIDG filed the case at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office last Monday, August 12.

The charge list is headed by Abu Misry Mama, who, in many media interviews, admitted they were behind the attacks against the military convoy. However, he clarified they did not use an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), but Rapid Propelled Grenades and mortars in targeting the soldiers.

Sketches of Cotabato bombers released

In Cotabato City, police released the artists’ sketches of 3 suspects behind the deadly August 5 bombing in the city, killing 8 people and wounded 30 others.

Senior Superintendent Rolen Balquin said they don’t have names yet of the suspects, but the reason they are exposing the pictures to the public is to solicit help in looking after these criminals.

“We don’t have complete name yet. Witnesses who gave their [descriptions] still don’t know their names. The reason we are opening this to the public purposely para hindi lalabas na John Does yung mga tao if we file the cases, so that the public can help giving information, regarding the identity & whereabouts, and identify what groups they belong”, Balquin said.

A bounty of still undisclosed amount is willing to be given to any informant by the city mayor.

The police has also created a special task force, “TF-Sayadi” to seriously look after in the investigation.

Balquin added the 3 suspects were seen before and after the incident. Witnesses accounts said, one of them was seen triggering the cellphone before it exploded.

“We wanted to ask more details to the whereabouts of this group, Balquin stressed.

The CCTV recorded in the vicinity is still subject for review, to check if footage matches the identity from the artists sketch given.

In a press conference after the City Peace and Order meeting Wednesday, August 14, Mayor Japal Guiani said only those bomb experts backed by powerful individuals believed to be behind the part the August 5 bombing. –