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Philippines considers BIFF as terrorist
ISIS stands for Independent State of Iraq and Syria which has been terrorizing Iraqis and other nationals who refused to join them.
Speaking for the Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division, Col. Dickson Hermoso said the BIFF has no legitimate revolutionary ideology but plain and simple banditry and terrorism.
Operating in Southern Philippines, particularly in Maguindanao province, Hermoso said the BIFF has been making life difficult even to its own people.
”They do not care whether civilians are hurt or killed in their atrocities,” he told reporters.
Hermoso added: ”They don’t have a clear revolutionary ideologue so they are not revolutionaries as they assert.”
Headed by foreign-trained guerrilla Ameril Umbra Kato, the BIFF is a breakaway of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which is now seeking an independent state in Southern Philippines.
The BIFF has been attacking military installations in Maguindanao which resulted in the death and injury of civilians. It has also displaced thousands of people both Muslims and Christians.
Hermoso said the military will continue to remain on guard against the terrorists after Abu Misry Mama, the BIFF spokesperson, announced they have allied with the dreaded ISIS militants.
The latest atrocities perpetrated by the militants in Maguindanao was the setting off of a roadside bomb on Friday dawn in Sambolawan Village, Datu Salibo, Maguindanao, which targeted an Army convoy. But the ambush hit a civilian car instead, leaving four commuters wounded.
Hermoso said that aside from terrorizing civilian communities, the BIFF members are also into illegal drugs as evidenced by shabu paraphernalia recovered by pursuing government forces every time the bandits attack Army detachments in Maguindanao.