Allegations that Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) leader Ameril Umbra Kato died Saturday morning could be a “disinformation,” the military commander in Central Mindanao said.

“Kaninang umaga andaming information na namatay nga daw, pero walang nagco-confirm… baka disinformation ito na para gusto nila siyang ilabas, hindi naman puwede ‘yun,” Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo, Army 6th Infantry Division commander, said in a phone interview.

There were also reports that a doctor had been sent to treat Kato in his Maguindanao mountain stronghold, Camp Omar, and that the Muslim rebel leader was brought to Davao, Ardo said.

Ardo said it is only the BIFM who can confirm if Kato had really passed away.

“Mako-confirm lang talaga namin ‘yan kung ma-eyeball namin na nandiyan yung body niya… as far as we concerned, ang alam pa lang namin andiyan sa Camp Omar,” he said.

Earlier this week, Ardo said Kato suffered a “mild stroke” and offered the latter to have himself treated at the station hospital in Camp Siongco, the 6th ID’s headquarters. (John Roson)

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