Government forces discover BIFF gun repair shop, factory

Elements from Philippine Army 33rd Infantry Battalion, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and 4th Special Action Battalion discovered a gun repair shop and factory in Brgy. Midconding, General Salipada K. Pendatun, Maguindanao on June 09, 2019.

“The combined troops were serving warrant of arrest against certain Sukarno Buka @Buba, a BIFF sub-commander with criminal case No. 5255 PQ (17) for attempted murder,” Philippine Army 6th Infantry Division said.

Concerned citizens in the area confirmed the manufacturing of firearms and illegal drug operations under the said suspect.

Government forces seized several unfinished firearms, equipment and ammunition.

“With the aid of the local populace and barangay officials and detailed coordination with the MILF Ad hoc Joint Action Group, the government troops launched the operation. However, the suspect managed to slip away from the raiding troops,” 6ID said.

“The operation was initiated due to several reports of concerned citizens in the community regarding the presence of wanted BIFF members who were engaged in manufacturing illegal firearms and drug dealing activities,” said Ltc. Elmer M. Boongaling, Commanding Officer of 33IB.

“The seizure of Sukarno Buka’s gunsmithing factory along with the unfinished firearms, equipment and ammunitions greatly degrade the BIFF group’s fighting capability and will serve as a stern warning on the government’s effort to eradicate terrorism and illegal drugs,” Col. Efren F. Baluyot, Commander of 1MIB said.

“Persistent efforts of the combined troops of the AFP and PNP, and the local residents have resulted to the destruction of gunsmithing, that manifest our dedication to protect the people from armed lawless groups to sustain peace and development in our area of responsibility,” said Maj. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of the 6ID.