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BTA composition stays for smooth turnover to next admin

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation to maintain the status quo on the current composition of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), according to the Security, Justice and Peace Cabinet Cluster (SJPCC).

The SJPCC said the retention of the current BTA is crucial to addressing concerns of massive changes once the next administration takes over.

Soldiers hurt in gunfights with Dawlah group cited

MARAWI CITY --- Five soldiers wounded in clashes with Dawlah Islamiya terrorists in Maguing, Lanao del Sur Tuesday have been awarded with citation medals and received cash assistance each from the Western Mindanao Command.

Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., commander of WestMinCom, led Thursday’s grant of wounded personnel medals to Pfc.Jayson Dayhop, Pfc. Romeo Aclan, Jr., Pvt. Jayson Jay Pielago, Pvt. Genes Mike Rellon and Pvt. Ariel Bahala.

Mga armas nakuha ng Army sa Maguing, Lanao del Sur operation

Mga armas na narekober ng tropa ng pamahalaan kasunod ng airstrike at paglusob sa kampo ng ISIS Daulah Islamiya terrorist group sa Brgy. Ilalag, Maguing, Lanao Del Sur kamakalawa.

Kabilang sa mga narekober ang 45 matataas na kalibre ng baril, 22 Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Rocket Propelled grenades (RPG) at mga personal na gamit ng mga kalaban.

Kasalukuyang tinutugis ng militar ang tinatayang 40 miyembro ng grupong pinamumunuan ni Faharudin Hadji Satar alyas Abu Zacariah, na sinasabing bagong Emir ng ISIS sa Southeast Asia.

Troops overrun DI lair in Lanao del Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Troops have overrun the lair of the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group (DI-MG) in the hinterlands of Lanao del Sur, a top military official announced Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade commander, said the camp fell into the hands of the government troops following hours of firefight against 60 DI-MG terrorists Tuesday that ended around 4 p.m.

An airstrike conducted by combat aircraft around 2 a.m. preceded the firefight that broke out around 7:50 a.m.

Soldier, four terrorists dead in Lanao del Sur hostilities

MARAWI CITY --- A soldier and four members of the Dawlah Islamiya were killed in a spate of clashes Monday in secluded areas in Maguing, Lanao del Sur.

Soldiers under the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade have seized two .50 caliber machineguns, a .30 caliber machinegun, an M16 rifle, an M14 rifle, an AK-47 Kalashnikov rifle and assorted ammunition scattered in the scenes of the encounters, left by the terrorists as they fled in haste.

AFP spox: Army hits Lanao del Sur DI camp

COTABATO CITY ---- The military hit with airstrikes and artillery barrage before dawn Tuesday the locations of violent religious extremists in upland areas in Barangay Malalag in Maguing town in Lanao del Sur. 

Government troops have launched an air strike against members of the Islamic State-linked Daulah Islamiyah in Maguing, Lanao del Sur on Tuesday morning, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

Cop, 2 villagers hurt in Cotabato City shootouts 

COTABATO CITY  --- Two residents and a police officer were wounded while 11 others were arrested in a spate of gunfights here Tuesday night reportedly sparked by a misunderstanding over a P15,000 bet between two groups playing Mobile Legends online game.

The friends Hubert Concepcion and Fitzgerald Patagan were busy playing Mobile Legends using their smartphones in the frontyard of their rented house in Barangay Rosary Heights 9 when men on motorcycles arrived and shot them with .45 caliber pistols, hurting them both seriously.

5 robbers killed in shootout were BIFF members

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao --- The five robbers authorities killed in a shootout here late Saturday were members of a local terror group led by a preacher wanted for more than 30 cases pending in courts.

The fatalities --- Johari Matas, Faizer Alon, Lahmudin Hasim, Meharis Manunggal and Kaharudin Ambag --- belonged to one of three factions in the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the one led by Imam Bongos.

The BIFF, operating in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is tagged in all deadly bombings in central Mindanao in recent years.

2 MNLF members dead in encounter with MILF forces

PIKIT, North Cotabato --- Two members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were killed in a clash with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members here Friday.

The two groups are locked in territorial disputes, according to local officials and the municipal police, now scrambling to disengage the rival groups, armed with assault rifles and 40 millimeter grenade launchers.

Two from the MNLF were killed on the spot in a two-hour running gunfight on Friday with enemies belonging to the MILF in Sitio Buguak in Barangay Kalakakan here.

14 more BIFF members surrender to Army 

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato -- Fourteen members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, five of them experts in fabrication of home-made bombs, pledged allegiance to the government Monday.

They yielded assault rifles, B40 anti-tank rockets and components for improvised explosive devices to officials of the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion during a surrender rite here Monday, witnessed by local officials.

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