On February 2, two Philippine Air Force (PAF) OV-10 aircraft dropped eight 250-pound bombs in lair of ISIS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Municipality of Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao.
Philippine Army 6th Infantry Division (6ID) spokesperson Major Arvin Encinas confirmed this to Inquirer.net.
Major Encinas said that strikes commenced around 5am when government forces confirmed the location of their targets. “We were able to hit their lair. I am waiting for the reports coming from the ground,” he said.
6ID commanding general Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana, meanwhile, assured residents of Maguindanao that they “are on top of the situation and we have enough forces to protect the people and secure the area.”
This is amid threats being circulated in social media that more bombings will be done by terrorists in the aftermath of January 27 Jolo cathedral bombing.
“With this, I had directed all the units under my command to strictly heighten the alert level and secure all places of worships and public places and/or areas of convergence,” Major General Sobejana said.
“We will also further intensify our intelligence efforts and initiate pro-active security measures to thwart possible hostile plans. Likewise, we appeal to the public not to spread annoying messages unless verified to be true,” he added.