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Mindanao Armed Conflict

4 ASG 'cohorts' killed in Tawi-Tawi clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Four drug personalities with alleged ties with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed while a soldier was wounded in a clash in the province of Tawi-Tawi, military officials said Monday.

Brig. Gen. Camilo Balutan, Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi commander, said the firefight occurred around 5 a.m. Sunday in Barangay Lakit-Lakit, Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi, when the troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-6 (MBLT-6) chanced upon a group of gunmen while conducting a "focused military operation."

Maguindanao "rido" settled

MAGUINDANAO --- Two feuding Moro clans ended Sunday their bloody “rido” that exacted a number of fatalities on both sides.

Rido means clan war in the Maranaw and Maguindanaon vernaculars.

The rival Guiaman and Guiamalon families, led Gani Guiaman and Ali Guimalon, respectively, forged Sunday a covenant enjoining them to thrive anew as good neighbors without any animosity for each other.

The Guiamelons are identified with the 106th Base Command of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front under Zacaria Guma.

Cops kill drug traffickers behind the murder of Police Lt. Salim in Parang, Sulu

JOLO, Sulu — Brgy. Saldang, Parang, Sulu at about 3:00 PM, Police received an information that there were two suspicious armed persons riding on a motorcycle in the vicinity of So. Gagandilan, Brgy. Tagbak, Indanan, Sulu. Acting on the information, personnel of Indanan Municipal Police Station immediately proceeded to the area and upon arrival thereat, the two suspicious persons riding the motorcycle fled towards Parang, Sulu town direction upon sensing the arrival of responding PNP personnel.

Police neutralize suspect in Lanao Sur murders

LANAO DEL SUR --- Police agents shot dead Wednesday an uncooperative suspect in the Nov. 10, 2019 ambush of Mayor Nasser Pangandaman of Masiu, Lanao del Sur that left his security escort dead.

The shootout erupted when Jalaloding Mocsir, wanted for a series of murders, and cohort Nasrullah Capal, pulled out guns and opened fire on the team approaching their hideout in Saguiaran town to arrest them.

Mocsir and Capal both died in the spot from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Col. Madgani Mukaram, director of the Lanao de Sur provincial police.

Police lieutenant killed in bungled Sulu anti-narc ops

COTABATO CITY --- A police lieutenant and a civilian tipster were killed Sunday in an operation meant to entrap large-scale drug dealers in Indanan town in Sulu that went haywire.

Lt. Sali Aspi Salim of the Sulu provincial police and the vigilant villager who helped them plot the sting both died on the spot from multiple bullet wounds.

Zambo Norte town vice mayor, 2 escorts slain in ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Gunmen on board a pick-up truck ambushed and killed the vice mayor of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte and two of his companions along a lonely highway in Barangay Santa Maria, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

The ambush occurred at 11:20 a.m., according to Major Edison Alviar, acting police chief of Siocon town.

Alviar said Baliguian Vice Mayor Gani Ismale was driving the dark blue SUV with three escorts traveling to Baliguian when about five gunmen on board a pick-up truck overtook them and opened fire, using long and short firearms.

Westmincom chief proposes joint task force for R-12, BARMM vs. terrorism

KIDAPAWAN CITY – The highest military commander in central and western Mindanao has proposed the creation of a “Joint Task Force” for Region 12 and the Bangsamoro region to effectively combat terrorism and illegal drugs.

The proposal from Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana for the creation of joint task force is seen as the best strategy to resolve armed conflict, insurgency and illegal drug trading.

Sobejana presented his proposal to the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting held in Koronadal City last week.

High powered firearms and war materials recovered in Midsayap, North Cotabato

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – JTFC security forces together with the Midsayap MPS recovered several high powered firearms and war materials in Barangay Nabalawag of Midsayap, North Cotabato.

The combined troops conducted a joint Law Enforcement Operations on 1230 noon time of December 27 2019 upon receiving information from concerned civilians of the presence of suspected BIFF members in Brgy Nabalawag, Midsayap.

Soldiers hunting down BIFF found abandoned house with IEDs in Pikit

Combined troops of 7IB; 602nd Infantry Brigade; 34IB; 62nd Division Reconnaissance Company; EOD Team; and Pikit PNP recovered Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) and other paraphernalias today, 27 December 2019 at Sitio Blah, Brgy Manaulanan, Pikit, North Corabato while pursuing the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF).

Second victim of Shariff Aguak ambush dies in hospital

COTABATO CITY --- The critically wounded victim of Tuesday’s ambush in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao died in a hospital Wednesday, the second fatality in the attack that also hurt a vice mayor.

Hadji Akmad Lumenda Ampatuan succumbed to multiple bullet wounds on Wednesday afternoon, according to relatives and local officials in Shariff Aguak.

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