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Mindanao Armed Conflict

Talitay LGU places entire town under state of calamity due to rido

COTABATO CITY – A state of calamity has been declared in the entire town of Talitay, Maguindanao, due to armed hostilities triggered by a family feud (rido).

Talitay Mayor Montasir Sabal approved Tuesday a resolution allowing the local government unit to use its quick response fund to provide relief assistance to displaced families.

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has placed the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to about 700 families or 3,500 individuals.

7 NPAs surrender to Army in Lanao del Sur

LANAO DEL SUR --- The seven New People’s Army guerrillas who yielded to the 103rd Infantry Brigade Thursday shall be reintroduced to mainstream society with the help of local officials in their hometowns, the military said Monday.

The seven rebels --- Noli Tahadan, Ezel Peling, Marlon Talatayod, Ronald Otacan, Jessel Otacan, Vincent Vallar and Jessa Mae Otacan-Talatayod --- belong to the NPA’s self-styled North Central Mindanao Command.

‘Rido’ displaces 700 families in Maguindanao town

COTABATO CITY – Some 700 families or 3,500 individuals in Talitay, Maguindanao evacuated to safer grounds following an ongoing conflict between two warring clans (rido) in the area.

Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar, Army’s 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, said on Wednesday that the affected villagers came from Barangays Pageda and Gadingan of the municipality.

Members of the joint government–Moro Islamic Liberation Front security team are now working on the disengagement of armed followers of the conflicting clans, Baldomar said.

Guns now silent in Datu Saudi Ampatuan; thousands displaced in 4-day conflict 

MAGUINDANAO --- Tension has waned in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town where soldiers and gunmen operating in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria figured in deadly gunfights last week.

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters who instigated the hostilities in Barangay Kitango in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao have left the area after personnel of units under the Army’s 6th Infantry Division killed 11 from them, forcing their hasty retreat.

10k villagers displaced by BIFF attacks in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY --- More than 10,000 villagers in Maguindanao got displaced by a continuing spate of hostilities since Thursday being perpetrated by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Reports obtained Saturday from different municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils in the second district of Maguindanao stated that as of Saturday, 12, 033 individuals, among them children and elderly people, were forced to relocate to safer areas following Thursday's attacks by BIFF terrorists in Barangay Kitango in Datu Saudi Ampatuan municipality.

4 more NPAs surrender to Army in Sultan Kudarat province

COTABATO CITY --- Four more members of the New People’s Army in Sultan Kudarat province surrendered to the military Tuesday.

The four NPAs also turned in their firearms before pledging allegiance to the government during a simple rite at the headquarters of the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion in Isulan, capital town of Sultan Kudarat.

Cop killed, companions hurt in South Cotabato attack

COTABATO CITY --- A policeman was killed while two others were wounded in an ambush in Barangay Pulonuling in Tupi, South Cotabato on Friday morning.

The fatality, Police Sgt. Reynante Espero, died on the spot while his companions, Sergeants Jorex Velasco and Jerome Silvederio, sustained gunshot wounds in different parts of their bodies.

Henchman of Maute founders yield to Army

LANAO DEL SUR --- A henchman of the two slain Maute terror group founders surrendered to the military and pledged allegiance to the government Wednesday.

The 40-year-old terrorist whom the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade identified only as Dimakuta for his safety pending relocation somewhere far from reach of hardcore Maute members, also turned an AK-47 rifle to military officials who convinced him to return to the fold of law.

Army foils BIFF roadside bombing plot 

MAGUINDANAO – Soldiers foiled Sunday an attempt by terrorists to lay roadside bombs along arterial networks in a troubled town in this province, killing four in a gunfight that left three others wounded.

The hostilities in Barangay Pagatin in Shariff Saidona Mustapha, Maguindanao erupted when members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters opened fire on soldiers responding to reports by villagers about the presence of gunmen in the area, as if bracing for an attack.

Decades-long rido ends, 20 firearms turned over to Army in Basilan

ISABELA CITY, Basilan  – Weary of incessant fighting and loss of innocent lives, two barangays in Tabuanlasa Municipality finally concluded their decade-long clan wars, or locally known as rido, as they signed a peace covenant here at the Headquarters 4th Special Forces Battalion, Barangay Cabunbata, Isabela City on Wednesday, 24 February, where twenty assorted firearms were also yielded by local officials and barangay leaders.

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