MILF vice-chair dies after heart attack

Posted at 05/04/2012 2:34 PM | Updated as of 05/05/2012 10:20 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A ranking official of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) died Thursday night.

MILF vice chairman for military affairs Aleem Azis Mimbantas had a heart attack and died at around 10:25 p.m. in a hospital.

His death was confirmed by MILF vice-chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar.

Jaafar said the MILF central commmittee, led by Al Haj Murad, will be issung a statement later about the death.

“The Central Committee is issuing an official declaration in writing. As of now, it is enough that I am confirming to you (the death of Mimbantas)," he said.

The MILF is still negotiating a peace agreement with the Philippine government. They recently reached a breakthrough on how the talks would move forward.