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Mindanao Armed Conflict

Gunfights displace Moro, Teduray villagers in Maguindanao del Sur

COTABATO CITY --- Recurring gunfights among rival Moro groups in two towns in Maguindanao del Sur forced some 500 families to relocate to safe areas, leaving their livestock and harvestable crops behind.

Army Brig. Gen. Oriel L. Pangcog, commander of the Army’s 601st Brigade, said Tuesday at least 40 families in Barangay Sapakan in Mamasapano, Maguindanao del Sur were displaced by a spate of gunfights between two factions in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that started last weekend.

3 BIFF extremists, 3 NPA insurgents yield in S. Kudarat

COTABATO CITY – Three members of outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and three New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas have surrendered to police authorities in Sultan Kudarat province, officials said Friday.

In a statement, Col. Christopher Bermudez, Sultan Kudarat provincial police director, said he welcomed on Thursday afternoon the surrender of the three BIFF members under the Karialan faction who turned in an improvised explosive device and a Carbine rifle during their surrender in Isulan town.

UPDATE: Maguindanao Sur village chair killed in bomb attack buried

COTABATO CITY  – A village chair in Maguindanao del Sur killed in a bomb attack in Shariff Saydona town was buried by his relatives at in Barangay Pendetin, Dtu Salibo, Maguindanao del Sur seven hours after the bomb attack. 

His companion, a village councilman, was injured and is undergoing medication in a hospital.

Rex Torino, speaking for the local government of nearby Datu Salibo town, said Jun “Datu Manot” Silongan, chairman of Barangay Penditen, Datu Salibo, died on the spot after the blast that occurred at 8:40 a.m. in Barangay Ganta, Shariff Sadyona town.

UPDATE: Cotabato City GSO head sugatan sa ambush, driver pumanaw habang ginagamot

COTABATO CITY - The head of Cotabato City General Services Office, Pedro Tato Jr, survived an ambushed by still unidentified gunmen at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Almedras Renabor, city public safety officer, said Tato, 59, sustained shoulder and body injuries but is now in stable condition at a hospital.

His driver, Dandy Anonat, 30, was critically injured and later expired while undergping medication at the hospital, according to Major John Vincent Bravo, Police Station 2 chief.

Mataas na lider ng komunistang terorista, patay sa engkwentro ng militar

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao del Norte – Patuloy na nababawasan ang maliit na bilang ng mga natitirang komunistang terorista makaraang masawi sa panibagong labanan ang isang mataas na lider ng komunistang terorista sa Sitio Kalogkog, Badiangon, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat, pasado alas-10:00 kagabi (August 13, 2023).

Kinilala ni Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar, pinuno ng 37th Infantry (Conqueror) Battalion ang nasawi na si Joseph Longan alias Michael, commanding officer ng Beijing Platoon at kabilang sa mga high value target na kasapi ng communist terrorist group.

Suspect in murder of town cop chief arrested in Maguindanao Sur

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao Sur  – Police arrested here Sunday one of the suspects in the murder of a police lieutenant and foiled his attempt to execute another police officer securing a sports event in town.

Brig. Gen. Allan Nobleza, police director for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and has jurisdiction over Ampatuan police office, identified the suspect as Hamid Mling, a member of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Wanted MILF, 5 NPAs nabbed in Sultan Kudarat

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat  – A wanted Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) member and five communist rebels were separately arrested during law enforcement operations in Sultan Kudarat on Thursday.

Colonel Christopher Bermudez, Sultan Kudarat provincial police director, said the MILF member, identified as Bassir Naga, 41, a resident if Barangay Kaya-Kaya Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao del Sur was arrested based on arrest warrant issued by a local court.

Traditional Moro leader, son killed in Matalam ambush

COTABATO CITY - Gunmen killed a traditional Moro leader and his son in an ambush at dusk Sunday in a secluded area in Matalam town in North Cotabato, police said. 

Lt. Colonel Ariel Melocotones, Matalam town police chief, told DXND that the victims were on board a motorbike heading for home when ambushed at past 6 p.m.

In his report to Brig. Gen. Jimili Macaraeg, PRO-12 regional director, Melocotones identified the fatalities as Anwar Ebrahim Salem, Sr., 52, and his 21-year-old son, Anwar Hudines Salem, Jr.

NPA leader killed, 2 arrested in Sultan Kudarat

COTABATO CITY - An senior official of the New People’s Army long wanted for high-profile criminal cases was killed while two others were arrested in separate Army operations Thursday in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.

Brig. Gen. Michael A. Santos, commander of the Army’s 603rd Infantry Brigade, told reporters Friday the slain communist terrorist group leader, Rowie Libot, perished in a brief clash with personnel of the 37th Infantry Battalion in an upland area in Barangay Lemulan in Kalamansig town.

Off duty soldier slain in NoCot highway ambush

KABACAN, North Cotabato - Uidentified gunmen ambushed and killed Thursday night a off duty soldier in Barangay Kayaga here at past 6 p.m., police said.

Major Maxim Peralta, Kabacan town police chief, identified the fatality as Private First Class John Ian Paul Castor, 30, assigned with the 90th Infantry Battalion based in Pikit, North Cotabato.

Peralta said in a radio interview that Castor was driving his Honda XR 150 going to Kabacan when two men on separate motorbike opened fire, hitting the soldier in his back and fell off his bike.

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