Philippines: BIFF vows to fight after peace pact with MILF

Abu Missry Mama (C), spokesman of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), speaks to the media in Maguindanao, in southern island of Mindanao on March 28, 2014

A day after his former comrades in arms signed a treaty to end 42 years of bloodshed in the Philippines, an ageing Muslim guerrilla leader packing a rusty handgun vowed to fight on.

“We want independence… through armed struggle,” Abu Missry Mama, spokesman and senior leader of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), told AFP on a visit to his rural stronghold in the south.

Mama’s former comrades in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace treaty Thursday that is expected to see them gain power under a self-rule setup in the Catholic nation’s Muslim-populated southern areas.

Mama, 62, is the public face of the BIFF, which split from the 10,000-member MILF in 2008 amid a row on how best to advance the interests of the 10 million Filipino Muslims…

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I just love Filipino Muslim group acronyms.

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