CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao del Norte – Major General Roy M Galido, Commander of the 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division and Joint Task Force Central condemned the attack by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters at the height of the severe flooding in Maguindanao
Major General Galido made the statement after the terrorist BIFF shot the troops of the 40th Infantry (Giting) Battalion and civilians while they were guarding the repair of the damaged Kabulnan Bridge in Brgy LabuLabu II in the town of Datu Hoffer in the said province at 9:30 pm this November 4th.
About 15 BIFF members attacked led by commander Abdulkarim Lumbatan alias Boy Jacket and Kamhed Akan Kambal alias Mhedz from the Karialan faction.
Due to the performance of their duties as defenders of the people, one soldier lost his life while two others were wounded in an hour and fifteen minutes of fighting.
The deceased was identified as PFC Jomar Saladar while the injured were Cpl Allan Rey Estanda and Pvt Carl Araña who were both given medical attention.
The said bridge was damaged after experiencing severe flooding in a large part of Central Mindanao caused by “Bagyong Paeng.”
It is known that the 6ID personnel led the search, rescue and retrieval operations in collaboration with other government agencies during the height of the floods. After this, the soldiers of the Camp are still working together in the relief operations for the people affected by the said calamity.
“What the BIFFs did to our soldiers is just to show that they have no heart in helping our countrymen even though we have been hit by severe floods here in our area. It is painful to think that while your soldiers are giving their lives in rescuing and helping our countrymen affected by the flooding, the BIFF has done nothing but sow violence”, said Maj. Gen. Galido.
In spite of this, the pursuit of the BIFF attackers continues today, where the soldiers recovered an improvised hand grenade during the clearing operations.