CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A firefight between government forces and a terror group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has resulted to the death of a sub-leader based in this province, the military reported.
Brigadier General Roy Galido, commander of the 601st Philippine Army identified the fatality as one Abdulatip Pendaliday, alias “Commander Grasscutter. He was also described by the government as a notorious sub-leader of the terror group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. He sustained bullet wounds in his body and on his head which triggered his untimely demise.
Investigation disclosed that the government, composed of the military and police operatives, were conducting clearing operations in Barangay Lipao, Datu Paglas, this province when they encountered a group of 10 fully armed members of the terror group which ignited the exchange of bullets for over 10 minutes. The armed men retreated but one of their leaders died during the skirmishes.
Galido said: “Pendaliday died from multiple gunshot wounds while his comrades managed to escape, bringing with them wounded combatants.”
Based on records, the slain BIFF leader was linked to the murders of more than 20 people, including soldiers and civilians in Maguindanao. The record also showed him linked to cattle-rustling, motorcycle heists and kidnapping.
“Pendaliday was also known big-time drug peddler selling shabu and supplying the BIFF with firearms and marijuana stuff,” the military official also told newsmen.
Government forces found several short firearms, a hand grenade, shabu, ammos and bomb components in the position of te slain terror group leader.
The remains of the slain criminal was turned over by the military to the police headquaters in Datu Paglas while government forces also continued theirn massive offensive against the remnants of the lawless elements operating in the province. – PNA