AFP suspends offensive to give way to grad rites

Posted at Mar 21 2015 03:18 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2015 11:18 PM

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines will suspend its offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters for three days to give way to the graduation rights of students in Maguindanao.

601st Brigade Commander Col. Melquiades Feliciano said this was decided at a peace and order council meeting held Thursday.

“Everyone agreed that it’s our primary concern also that the students should have their time to graduate and will not be disturbed due to the ongoing offensive operations of the military and police,” Feliciano said.

“The days that we agreed on will be starting on the 25th or the 24th of this month, and I believe it’s a three-day SOMO (suspension of military operations) by the military and the police,” he added.

He said the BIFF pursuit operations will not be affected by the SOMO, as the BIFF are no longer in the towns where graduation rights are set to take place.

Feliciano likewise mentioned that based on reports they have received from their various sources, approximately 140 members of the BIFF have been killed in the military offensive.

Around 40 of them, meanwhile, are injured, he said.

ANC Dateline Philippines, 21 March 2015