Soldiers and policemen arrested five people during a raid on the lair of a suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) leader in the village of Tual in Paglat, Maguindanao last April 13.
Firearms were seized during the early morning raid on the hideout of Sindatok Dilna, alias “Motolite,” a BIFF leader under Commander Gani Saligan, said Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion.
Cabunoc added that armored vehicles backed soldiers and policemen during the sweep, which took the five suspects by surprise.
The suspects did not resist during the arrest witnessed by village officials. “They were overwhelmed by security forces,” Cabunoc said.
According to Cabunoc, the operation was conducted following reports that BIFF forces had sought refuge in hinterland or remote areas of Maguindanao amid massive military operations against the renegade rebels, who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS), in the province.
BIFF members had sought shelter in areas where “political armed groups” also operated, said Cabunoc.