Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)

The BIFF is a group of radical armed Muslims espousing independence in the Southern Philippines. Headed by Ustadz Ameril Umbra Kato, the group is considered responsible for the majority of attacks in the province of Maguindanao.  BIFF spun off of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in late 2010 after the death of MILF founding chair Hashim Salamat.Founding  Founded by Imam Ameril Ombra Kato, a former commander of the MILF’s 105th Base Command, after "irreconcilable differences" with Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim who was negotiating the peace deal with Malacañang.  Kato died of a lingering illness in 2014 at Datu Saudi town in Maguindanao, after half of his body was paralyzed as a result of a hypertensive stroke two years before.  It should be noted that BIFF is not included in the MILF peace accord.BIFF is known for serial and mass murder, harassment, and collection of "revolutionary taxes" from poor farming communities in Maguindanao…

Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), also known as Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement, BIFM is an active group formed c. 2008.
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