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.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Al-Qaeda-linked suspect nabbed by soldiers

By Jeoffrey Maitem & Edwin FernandezMindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Shariff Kabunsuan -– Government security forces Tuesday claimed to have foiled what could have been a terror attack and arrested what they suspected to be an Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant, a military official said Wednesday.
Lieutenant Colonel Julieto Ando, regional civil military affairs chief, said that soldiers manning a checkpoint along the national highway in Makir village in Datu Odin Sinsuat town discovered a powerful improvised bomb when they inspected a passenger vehicle from a nearby town around 12 noon.

Ando said the explosive, assembled from a 60 mm mortar projectile attached to a nine-volt battery, an electric blasting cap, a kilo of nails, two kilos of explosive powder, and a Nokia cell phone, was placed in a bag inside a Town Ace van.

A suspect was held by soldiers for questioning before being turned over to Shariff Kabunsuan police for further investigation, Ando said.

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