Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat- After six (6) days of successful conduct of Law Enforcement Operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the 601st Infantry (Unifier) Brigade under the leadership of BGen. Edmundo R Pangilinan seized the BIFF strongholds at REINA REGENTE Complex and Barangay Ganta, all of Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao on Friday, January 31, 2014.
This Law Enforcement Operation was triggered when the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) conducted series of harassments against civilian communities and military troops deployed in the area particularly in the 1st Mechanized Brigade’s Area of Operation. Said group is also responsible in the conduct of sniping, shooting, and series of bombings utilizing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which also resulted to the damage of Lintukan Bridge in Barangay Magaslong, Datu Piang, Maguindanao last July 28, 2013. Latest of which was the series of harassments initiated by the group against government troops in Sitio Mapagkaya, Paidu Pulangi, Pikit, North Cotabato. Proper coordination had been made by Joint Task Force CENTRAL with the existing joint ceasefire mechanism (GPH and MILF) for the MILF forces to temporarily vacate the affected areas and its immediate vicinities so as not to impede the movement of the government troops towards the identified BIFF lairs. During the operation, the government troops recovered several war materiel and subversive documents at different encounter sites and the highlight of which was the seizure of the stronghold of enemy encampment (BIFF CAMP) at Reina Regente Complex. The timely action and professional handling during the critical days of the law enforcement ensured the protection of the civilians and delivered a strong message that any act of lawlessness shall be dealt with drastically and decisively.