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.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

MILF rebels attack farmers in N. Cotabato

Suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters attacked a group of farmers in the southern Philippine province of North Cotabato, triggering a brief firefight with government militiamen, officials said Thursday.

Officials said about 20 MILF fighters opened fire on the farmers as they were harvesting rice in Sitio Maligaya, Lower Malamuti village in Matalam town, said Lt. Col. Julieto Ando, spokesman for the Army's 6th Infantry Division.

Patrolling militias who heard the gunfire then traded shots with the rebels, resulting to a 10-minute running gun battle in the area, Ando said.

"There were no reports of casualties in the MILF attack...but this attack on civilians is a clear violation of the cease-fire agreement," Ando told GMANews.TV.

Ando said the motive of the attack is still unknown. "But rebels had been harassing farmers in the area, especially during harvest time."

As of posting time, the MILF did not give any statement on the military claim.

The rebel attack came a day after unidentified men exploded a grenade at a police station in the town of Maasin in Sarangani province. (Al Jacinto, GMANews.TV)

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