Government Forces Thwart BIFF Occupation of Urban Center, Datu Puglas in Maguindanao (Photos)

Government forces through the combined Army and Police Forces blocked the attempt of IS-Inspired terrorist group, BIFF in trying to occupy the sat of the Municipal Government of Datu Puglas in Maguindanao on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.


According to the AFP, the swift combined arms operations of the 1st Mechanized Battalion Brigade which is composed of the 33rd Infantry (Makabayan) Battalion, the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion, and the 4th Special Action Batallion.

The team that thwarted the BIFF occupation of an urban center in Maguindanao is spearheaded by Lt. Col. Harold M. Cabunoc, the Commanding Officer of the 33rd Infantry (Makabayan) Battalion, the troops attacked the enemy-held cluster of conctrete houses in Sitio Mopac of Barangay Poblacion, an area that is about 500 meters from the municipal hall.



Col. Cabunoc revealed that the First Mechanized Battalion Brigade was supported by armored vehicles and infantry mortars, the house-to-house close quarter battle lasted 9 hours in an area that is located in the middle of the rice field.

Three military personnel were slightly wounded in the skirmishes due to shrapnel and bullet wounds. They were identified as Cpl Millard Bacatan and Pvt Allan Cabildo of the 33rd IB, and, militiaman Musa Kalim. No civilians were reported hurt in the fighting.

At about 3:00pm, Philippine Air Force choppers blasted the remaining BIFF positions before the clearing operations by the ground forces. The troops recovered and disrupted three (3) improvised bombs that are emplaced along the pathways towards the enemy occupied positions.

Lt Col Harold M Cabunoc said that he carried out the combat actions deliberately to prevent civilian casualties and minimize the risks on the ground troops.

An augmentation forces was also sent to the area by Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, the Commander of the 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division to support the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, the Infantry Division was headed by Brigadier General Bismarck Soliba.



Here's Some of the Photos from the Operations:












(Photos by Sgt Christian Santos, Pfc Jefferson Lipura, Pfc Juveniel Abria)

Source: 33rd Makabayan Battalion FB Page

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