BIFF firmly opposed to framework accord

Posted at 10/25/12 12:16 AM

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – Members of the armed group, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), are still firmly opposed to the peace deal between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

BIFF spokesman Abumissry Mama said they will not support the framework agreement since it is not an assurance of the independence of the Bangsamoro and not even a result of "Jihad".

The BIFF, which broke away from the MILF, includes rogue fighters such as Umbra Kato.

In an interview on Wednesday, Mama said that prior to the signing of the framework agreement in Malacañang last October 15, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari contacted him and asked him to try to stop the signing.

"Tumawag sa akin si Misuari, sabi ko, ‘Ano ‘yun prof? Sabi niya sa akin hadlangan namin ang pagpirma kasi hindi pa nagkapirmahan nu’n. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Prof hindi na sa atin ‘yan. Bakit natin ‘yan hahadlangan?’ ‘Yun ang sinabi ko sa kanya," Mama said.

It was also the first time that Misuari called Mama to stop the peace deal signing.

The spokesman said they will not be an ally of any group or organization that does not fight for "Jihad."

Meantime, the BIFF is ironing out a conflict between the group of a certain Commander Dagadas of the MILF following the firefight that began Friday.

Mama said the conflict is rooted from a bombing incident in Barangay Libutan Mamasapano town of Maguindanao last March 25, where Dagadas was wounded along with Maguindanao massacre suspect Ipi Ampatuan.

The BIFF was blamed for the explosion, which started the feud among MILF and BIFF forces in Mamasapano town.

As of posting, a ceasefire agreement is being prepared since the BIFF wants to defuse the situation.

Four persons were killed in the firefight on the side of MILF. Two hundred families were forced to evacuate their homes.