BIFF to file raps vs Army at Islam court

By Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Sep 14 2012 12:04 AM | Updated as of Sep 14 2012 08:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will file countercharges at an Islamic court against the military and officials of the Philippine National Police in central Mindanao, a BIFF spokesman said.

Spokesman Abumissry Mama told ABS-CBN News that the charges such as multiple murder, arson and looting, filed against BIFF commanders and members are false accusations.

Abumissry said the charges will be filed before their own Islamic court "Allahul'wal Ahkad."

In Islamic law, telling false stories and lying is not permissible and is allegedly punishable through a "shoot to kill order."

"Kasi ‘yung demanda nila sa amin ay puro kasinungalingan, wala naman kaming sinunog na bahay o kinidnap. Wala kaming ninkaw na kalabaw at pinatay na sibilyan, siguro kung rebellion ‘yung isinampa nila sa amin, pwede ‘yun," Abumissry said.

Meantime, Maguindanao and North Cotabato are relatively peaceful following the request made by the central committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to the BIFF officials not to launch attacks against the government troops to give way to the peace talks.

However, Abumissry said this agreement has no time frame, which means they will wait for the result of the negotiations.

He added that if government troops will pursue BIFF members, they will not hesitate to defend their positions.

Some members of the BIFF have returned to their respective areas of origin following military operations in Camp Omar where several satellite camps of the BIFF were seized by government troops.