rePost: Death toll in MILF attacks in Lanao, Sarangani hits 28

I don’t know what to think, Its just that most people who being killed are non combatants. The rebels are killing innocent people who just want to live their lives in peace. Hostilities must stop before peace talks resume (As I understand it it has not stopped, well communication between the powers are important). Also in local tv the MILF spokesman says that the rogue commanders cannot be blamed for being impatient.

BS! You do not kill to be noticed. Raze houses , establishments are inexcusable what more for precious human life. If the MILF leadership really did not order the raids then they must be the first to produce the rogue commanders, it helps them consolidate their troops and show to the Filipino people their desire to resolve this decades long rebellion.

from here:

Death toll in MILF attacks in Lanao, Sarangani hits 28
08/18/2008 | 04:43 PM
MANILA, Philippines – The death toll in the attacks staged by suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in the southern provinces of Lanao del Norte and Sarangani has reached 28, officials said Monday.

Brig. Gen. Hilario Atendido, commander of Task Force Tabak, said most of the casualties were from the towns of Lanao del Norte attacked by the rebels – 23 civilians and three government soldiers.

In addition, two government troops were also wounded.

Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez earlier said two civilians were killed when MILF forces attacked the town of Maasim before dawn Monday.

“They (civilians) were killed when they (rebels) were withdrawing. They used them as human shields. The rebels killed them on their way out. They were killed as if like chicken. That is the report given to us by the civilians,” Atendido said.

Atendido said the military in the province will remain vigilant for another atrocities the rebels may launch. “We are still on alert for any possible return of the MILF…They withdrew (from Kolambugan) as the troops were entering the town.”

At the National Police headquarters at Camp Crame, the initial list showed 13 fatalities in Lanao del Norte and two in Sarangani province. Three people were also reportedly wounded.

Marine Lt. Gen. Nelson Allaga, chief of the Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said government troops would make sure that civilians would not be caught in the crossfire as pursuit operations are conducted.

“We will continue to perform our mandate as protector of the Filipino people against lawless elements. Your AFP shall always be at the forefront of combating all forms of violence in order to uphold peace and security in the area and bring to justice the people responsible for these despicable acts,” Allaga said.

The casualty figures started to rise Monday, a day after suspected MILF troops ambushed a military convoy near the boundary of Mulondo and Buadiposo-Buntong towns in Lanao del Sur which killed seven and wounded 11 others.

The MILF followed this up Monday morning with simultaneous attacks against the towns of the Kolambugan and Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte and the town of Maasim in Sarangani.

The attacks were apparently in retaliation for the stalled signing of the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain between government and the MILF negotiators.

In Manila, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said that the MILF also bombed and toppled three transmission towers of the National Transmission Corp or Transco which may cause the tripping of power supply in Mindanao.

At the same time, it said that at least 9,350A were displaced by the fighting.

The NDCC, in its 3 p.m. report, also said that the MILF ransacked the pharmacy and town hall of Maasim in Sarangani province, and killed at least two civilians.

NDCC said that in Lapayan village in Kauswagan in Lanao del Sur, the MILF troops burned an undetermined number of houses and that portions of the highway from Iligan to Ozamiz City and Kapatagan remained impassable.

Most of those who have evacuated were taken to evacuation centers in Ozamiz City.- GMANews.TV