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250 MILF, BIFF dead in Mamasapano clash Napeas

By AMITA O. LEGASPI
At least 250 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and private
armed groups were killed by the Special Action Force commandos who went to Mamasapano, Maguindanao to
arrest terrorists Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman, suspended SAF chief Director Getulio
Napeas said Monday.
Napeas said they made the estimate based on the statements of Mamasapano clash survivors Supt Raymond Train
and PO2 Christopher Lalan.
The MILF earlier said 17 of their members were killed in the clash.
I also talked to PO2 Christopher Lalan, the lone survivor of the 55th Company, and he told me that at lest 11
members of the combined forces of MILF, BIFF, and private armed groups were taken down by SAF troopers from
his Company, he said.
He added that Train was able to shoot down between 25 to 30 attackers.
According to him, it is also safe to say that the entire Assault Force, the 84th Company, was able to shoot down at
least 150 of the enemies, Napeas said.
He said the 84th and 55th Company which took part in Oplan Exodus has two and six snipers, respectively, under
their helm.
For sure, these highly-trained snipers could have shot down on the average of at least 20 each from the attackers,
he said.
The SAF chief made the claim in defense of his men who, some reports say were unprepared to do the operation.
I believe it is clear that contrary to the unverified reports, the PNP SAF did its best in preparations and in the
planning of our operations against Marwan and UsmanThr SAF troopers who made their way to Brgy.
Tukalanipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao are highly trained individuals, he said.
They know what they are doing and know what to do in times of adversity and hostility. Had it been otherwise, the
combined forces of the MILF, BIFF, and other private armed groups would have not suffered at least 250 casualties
in the midst of the firefight that took place almost the entire day, Napeas added. NB, GMA News

Panginoon naming Diyos, Ikaw po ang dahilan kung bakit kami nandito ngayon at sa Inyo
galing ang aming hiram na buhay. Ako po'y nananalangin sa Inyo na matulungang Niyo po
sana ang mga namayapang kaluluwa na kabilang sa Fallen 44 ng Archdiocese ng Manila
na pumanaw sa mundong ito matapos silang tambangan ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front
at ng Bangsomoro Islamic Freedom Fighters noong Enero 25. Hindi ko po maunawaan
kung bakit kailangan nilang pumatay gayong kapayapaan ang nais nilang makamtam at
kung bakit kailangan saktan ang kanilang kapwa para lang masabi na sila'y nakikipaglaban
para makamit ang katahimikan. Nawa'y may managot po sa marahas na kamatayan na
kanilang sinapit. Nawa'y makamtam po nila at ng kanilang mga pamilya ang hustisy na
nararapat para sa kanila. Magkaroon nawa ng katahimikan ang kanilang kaluluwa at
gayundin ang kanilang mga espiritu.