Displaced persons protection assessment report – Armed conflict between AFP and BIFF in Maguindanao province, BARMM (IDPPAR no. 5, Issue no. 2, 2021 | April 14, 2021) – Philippines

CURRENT SITUATION

The armed conflict between government troops and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is no longer confined to the SPMS area, but has intensified in the adjacent municipalities of Datu Hoffer Ampatuan and the boundaries of the municipalities of Guindulungan and South Upi. Recently, the municipalities of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Mamasapano, Shariff Saydona Mustafa and Talitay were placed under a state of calamity. According to the UNDSS report, the last related armed meeting, in particular between the Islamic Liberation Front Moro-Islamic Armed Forces Bangsamoro and the BIFF, took place on April 11, 2021 in Barangay Tuayan of Datu Hoffer Ampatuan Municipality, making four victims.

On March 31, a meeting with the City Council for Peace and Order was held in Datu Saudi Ampatuan Municipality to discuss the conditions of peace and order in the affected areas, as well as the plight of the people. displaced. There was no clear agreement on the return of the displaced given the uncertainties of the security situation in the places of origin of the displaced populations. However, despite this, there have been reports of returns with the support of local authorities. MSSD and other humanitarian agencies provided return packages to returning IDPs. This was confirmed by MSSD provincial staff members in Maguindanao during the regular Mindanao Protection Coordination Virtual Platform (MVPCP) meeting on April 13, 2021.

Based on the MSSD and Protection Cluster IDP profiling, there were a total of 10,617 IDP families (around 40,115 people) as of April 12, 2021.

These displaced people come from the municipalities of Datu Hoffer, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Datu Salibo, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Datu Unsay, Guindulungan, Kabuntalan, Mamasapano, Shariff Aguak, Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Talitay. The exact number of IDPs returned remains to be determined.

BACKGROUND OF THE INCIDENT

On March 18, 2021, at five in the morning, a series of mortar fire was fired by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the direction of Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan municipality and neighboring barangays in Mamasapano municipalities. and Shariff Saydona. Mustapha, all in the province of Maguindanao. This was followed by a ground shooting between AFP forces and suspected BIFF members around 10:30 a.m. in Barangay Kitango Proper, particularly at the market site along the provincial road.

INCIDENT KEY FIGURES

Families 10,600 total number of displaced families

People around 40,100 number of displaced people

Missing No report

Damaged houses A commercial building was reported burnt down in Brgy. Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan and an unknown number of houses sustained minor damage

Need shelter Continuous validation

Children No data available

Civil death One would be dead

Wounded civilian Two minors were injured

Vulnerable people No data available