The Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) is appreciating Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) support in efforts of the government against Daesh-inspired groups.
“We would like to express the appreciation of the Armed Forces to the members of the MILF who have continuously been very strong about their commitment to end the operations of Daesh-inspired groups within and around their areas of operation, particularly in the South Cotabato-Maguindanao area,” AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, Jr. said during the Mindanao Hour press briefing in Malacañang Palace on September 11.
“The BIFF, in particular, has been the forces here supportive of the Daesh and is the subject of these operations. Their commitment in the words of the Chairman [of the MILF Peace Panel], Mr. [Mohagher] Iqbal, has been to work relentlessly to finish the ISIS or the Daesh-inspired group in their area that have been polluting the minds of their fellow Muslims, and bringing them out of the wrong path or showing them the wrong path of the Islamic faith,” Brigadier General Padilla said.
“So they remain committed to this and you are all aware that they have issued a fatwa and their forces are deployed to effect all of this commitment to the Armed Forces and to the Republic,” he added.