Military men downplays BIFF threat addressed to Duterte

Military force has downplayed threats thrown by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to kill President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the rebel group was desperate due to recent setbacks.

Brig. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, deputy commander of the Easterm Mindanao Command addressed the threat saying the BIFF had been pushed back to their stronghold in the marshlands of Maguindanao and could not make an attack similar in the scale to the Marawi siege by Maute group.

BIFF killed at least six rebels and two civilians while over thousands of villagers moved to other towns as the group entered Malagakit and Simsiman in North Cotabato. The BIFF group occupied briefly in a school and even residential homes wherein they used humans as shield.

The gunmen threw threat to kill Duterte thru a written message in a blackboard in one of the school's classroom they seized.

Gapay being the spokesman of Martial Law in Mindanao said it was a desperate pronouncement.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella also said that the BIFF had no ground support from the local Muslim population making them unable to launch attacks outside their bases.

Source: InquirerABS-CBN NewsBusiness World Online