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Units of the 6th Infantry Division are now conducting “focused military operations” against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) at Barangay Bulol, Pikit town, North Cotabato Saturday morning.

Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, said operations started 6: 30 a.m. when their units encountered an undetermined number of BIFF members.

She added that the operation is intended to drive away the BIFF forces whose presence has caused displacement among the people in the area of Pagalungan, Maguindanao and Pikit, North Cotabato.

No casualties reported as of this report.

“6th Infantry Division and the PNP will not allow that these rebel groups continue to create havoc and fear among the populace in the areas involved and will exert utmost effort to contain the fighting in specific areas so that it will not spill over adjacent barangays and to ensure that order and security will be restored,” Petinglay concluded.