2 dead as MILF, DI terrorists clash in Maguindanao Sur

By Edwin Fernandez

September 12, 2023, 2:47 pm

<p>Google map of Datu Hoffer Ampatuan town.</p>

Google map of Datu Hoffer Ampatuan town.

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao del Norte – A fierce firefight erupted between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the outlawed Dawlah Islamiya (DI) in Datu Hoffer Ampatuan town, Maguindanao del Sur province on Monday, leaving two DI terrorists dead.

Brig. Gen. Oriel Pangcog, Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade commander, said the clashes between MILF commander Saga Malandag of 118th base command, and the DI Group under commander Abdulnasser Guianid occurred in the outskirts of Barangay Mother Tuayan.

“The fighting erupted at about 5 a.m. in the mountains of Datu Hoffer and lasted for about an hour,” Pangcog said in a radio interview Tuesday, adding that it took several hours for government forces to reach the clash site.

“When our troops arrived at the clash site in the afternoon, they found two dead bodies of DI armed men,” he said.

Pangcog said a long-standing “rido” (family feud) between Guianid and Malandag triggered the skirmishes.

No civilian casualties were reported as the clash site was far from surrounding communities.

A team of soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers were deployed in Barangay Tuayan to prevent the escalation of hostilities.

Pangcog said the Army and the MILF expect retaliation from the DI group that may come anytime.

“We are ready, we are on alert,” Pangcog said. (PNA)