Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Another Al-Khobar member nabbed

COTABATO CITY – Police arrested on Thursday another suspected member of the al-Khobar gang, the extortion gang blamed for bombings in Central Mindanao since 2006, a local official said Friday.

North Cotabato Gov. Jesus Sacdalan said Musalik Gardo, 35, also known as Musalik Cad or Musalim Abas, did not resist arrest when police, armed with a warrant, raided his hideout in a remote village of President Quirino in nearby Sultan Kudarat province.

Senior Supt. Lester Camba, North Cotabato police chief, said Gardo was arrested for his involvement in the December blast at the KMCC Mall in Kidapawan City, which killed one person and injured several others.

He said an informer told police that Gardo was hiding in President Quirino so they decided to conduct the operation in coordination with the Sultan Kudarat police. Camba said Gardo denied involvement in the bombings.

Sacdalan said Gardo was the second al-Khobar member arrested this month. On Feb. 8, Melvin Claro, reportedly the Al-Khobar gang’s financial conduit, was also arrested.

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