Nabbed BIFF financier is not ours, says spokesman

Apr. 01, 2015

TAGUM CITY—The breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter said there is no truth to the military’s claim that Abdulayman Pagao who was arrested in Cotabato City last Monday evening was their financier.

BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama said Agdulgani Esmael Pagao, alias Abdulayman Pagao was “not even our supporter.”

Citing military intelligence sources,  Capt. Joann Petinglay, Army’s 6th ID spokesperson in Maguindanao said Pagao has been identified to funnel funds to  BIFF which led to his arrest in his residence at Campo Muslim in Barangay Mother Bagua in Cotabato City.

“The operation was conducted by the combined elements of 5th Special Forces Battalion, Intelligence Support Group, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, 6th Military Intelligence Group, 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion, JSOU1, and Cotabato City Police Office,” said Petinglay.

Pagao’s arrest was by virtue of a search warrant issued last March 30 by Judge Bansawan Z. Ibrahim, according to Petinglay.

For Mama, Pagao’s arrest would not affect their group’s activities because “he has nothing to do with us.” (

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