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Mindanao Armed Conflict

‘NPA deceived us’- 4 ex-Reds say

ZAMBOANGA CITY - “The New People’s Army has promised us a peaceful life and protection from abusive soldiers; however, it was the other way around. They were abusive,” said alias Carol, one of the four communist terrorists who surrendered to military troops in Zamboanga Sibugay on July 10.

Carol and three other rebels yielded to soldiers of 44th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Balagon, Siay at 4pm on Wednesday.

“They were no longer satisfied by the promises and lies of the NPA in their community,” said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.

Young former Abu Sayyaf commander is terrorist no more

COTABATO CITY -- Former Abu Sayyaf leader Moton Indama finished Thursday a government accelerated study program in exchange for his surrender in 2018.

He returned to the fold of law last year through the joint intercession of the Western Mindanao Command and Basilan Gov. Jim Salliman.

The graduation rite was held at the gymnasium of the Basilan State College in Isabela City.

UPDATE: Ex-gov's son, jail escapee, 3 others killed in shootout with Army

NORTH COTABATO --- A son of a former governor and four companions were killed in an alleged shootout Friday night with soldiers in a roadside checkpoint in Pikit town in this province.

Major Arvin Encinas, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command, said Saturday soldiers in a checkpoint along a highway in Barangay Inug-ug in Pikit, North Cotabato were forced to neutralize the five men on a Nissan Patrol bearing license plates LEM 521 when they opened fire while its driver was being directed to stop for inspection.

Duterte wants Abus in Sulu eliminated this year

MAGUINDANAO --- Malacañang wants the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu crushed before December 31 this year, the new commander of the Western Mindanao Command said Monday.

“That is what President Duterte wants,” Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said during Monday’s assumption here of Major Gen. Diosdado Carreon as new commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division.

Carreon replaced Sobejana who took over last Friday the leadership of the WestMinCom from the retiring Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega.

Carreon and Sobejana both graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1987.

Westmincom chief vows to get back at ASG after Sulu bombing

COTABATO CITY (July 1) – “They started it, we will finish it.”

With these words, the visibly angry newly installed chief, Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, vowed to get back at the terrorist group and let them pay the lawlessness they had just done to nine of his subordinates.

Sobejana vowed to give justice to his fallen soldiers and to let the perpetrators of the twin bomb attacks in an Army base in Indanan, Sulu suffer the same fate.

BARMM Chief Minister's statement on Sulu bombings

I am personally outraged by the supposed suicide bombing incident in Indanan,Sulu last June 28. Police report disclosed that at about 12:10 pm of that day, thetactical command post in Manpower, Indanan, Sulu was attacked by two alleged suicide bombers.

It was a senseless act of terror since the attack inflicted multiple casualties andinjuries to innocent civilians. We condemn that act as contrary to cherishedhuman values such as the sanctity and protection of lives, properties andpeaceful living.

Victims of Sulu explosion receive aid from AFP top officials

ZAMBOANGA CITY - A day after the explosion that transpired at headquarters of 1st Brigade Combat Team in Tanjung, Indanan, Sulu, AFP top officials led by the Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal and the new WestMinCom chief Major General Cirilito Sobejana extended financial and moral support to the wounded victims and bereaved families of those killed, during their visit earlier yesterday (June 29).

Security in Central Mindanao tightened after Sulu bombing

COTABATO CITY --- Security in central Mindanao where there are Islamic State-inspired groups is markedly tight since Saturday following the deadly bombing of an Army base in Indanan, Sulu.

The Army’s 6th Infantry Division and the Bangsamoro regional police have deployed intelligence agents in strategic areas in the region to detect movements of all three factions in the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a known ally of the Abu Sayyaf operating in Sulu.

BARMM police now identifying Sulu Army camp bombers

COTABATO CITY --- The Bangsamoro police and the military are cooperating in identifying the real plotters of Friday’s deadly bombing of an Army base in Indanan town in Sulu.

Three soldiers, three civilians and the two couriers of the improvised explosive device used in the attack perished in the incident.

The Regional Police Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said Saturday 22 others, 10 of them Army personnel, were injured in the explosion.

Feuding groups in Pagalungan in standoff

MAGUINDANAO  --- Hundreds of villagers were displaced by gunfights this week between two groups in the politically troubled Pagalungan town in this province.

The rival factions, one led by Butoh Mantol and the other comprised of followers of defeated mayoral candidate Mokamad Andoy, first fought using assault rifles and grenade launchers in Barangay Cudal in Pagalungan town in Maguindanao early this week, sending hundreds of villagers running for their lives.

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