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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Monday, September 22, 2008

AFP troops clash with Bravo’s men in Lanao

Government soldiers again engaged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) believed to be under the command of Abdullah Macapaar alias Bravo on Monday morning, the military spokesman said.

Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres, Jr. said troops from the Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion clashed with some 20 Moro rebels at around 9 a.m. in Poona village, Piagapo town, Lanao del Norte.

The soldiers suffered no casualties and the rebels retreated to a forested area after a 15-minute firefight.

Torres said the troops are scouring the area for possible rebel casualties after they recovered a bloodied FN FAL 7.62-mm assault rifle, a grenade launcher tube, rocket propelled grenades, the damaged handguard of an M16 rifle, assorted ammunition and MILF uniforms.

The military has been on the offensive since last month against Macapaar and fellow MILF commanders Ameril Ombra Kato and Aleem Sulaiman Pangalian, who are accused of leading attacks on civilian communities last month.

Colonel Benito De Leon, commander of the 104th Infantry Brigade, said in a text message: “It is just a matter of time that the [targeted MILF] in the area will be decimated and their leaders taken by operating government forces.”

(By Katherine Evangelista; INQ.net)

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