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More houses burn, civilians suffer in AFP offensives against MILF

August 31, 2008

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) attacked the forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) the past two days at some barangays of Talitay, Talayan and Guindulungan, all of Maguindanao.


Some 500 AFP troop supported by air and artillery assets conducted the operations against the MILF.


The forces that were hit by the indiscriminate air and artillery strikes belong to the group of the 104th Base Command of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces – Moro Islamic Liberation (BIAF – MILF).


Punitive actions of the AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP) are directed against 105th Base Command of Commader Ameril Umbra Kato, 102nd Base Command of Commander Bravo Macapaar.


However, other units of the MILF such as the 104th Base Command, 107th Base Command, MILF Central Committee Task Force Ittihad based in Maguindanao and Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Elements (JCMEs) of the government- MILF Ceasefire Committee had been strongly pounded by the indiscriminate offensives of the government.


Highly suspected that these military offensives are directed against the whole MILF despite persistent claims of the government that it’s merely against identified base commands.


Seven innocent civilians were severely wounded yesterday by the indiscriminate firing of the military.


The International Community of the Red Cross was trying get the civilians out of the theatre of war toward safer grounds and the wounded to the nearest medical centers for immediate treatment.


Thousands of civilians and livelihood were displaced by the military actions. Properties were destroyed and looted. Human rights were trampled upon and upon in the middle of the military actions.


Yet government actions are apparently discriminate for the affected communities are Muslims.


Several Muslim houses were burned by armed civilians in Barangays Dungguan, Langayen and Tapodoc of Aleosan and in some baragays of Pigcawayan but no stopping such atrocities by the government authorities, nay, public pronouncement condemning such commission of crime and bringing to the bar of justice the perpetrators.


Communal and ethnic war is not far fetch with the prevailing situation which apparently the state and government is failing squarely to address.


“Are we going to stay at the evacuation centers, along the roads, makeshifts during the Holy Month of Ramadhan which starts tomorrow?” asked evacuees.   


For those whose houses were burned and children whose homes were shattered by the armed criminals on the loose, certainly there are no more decent shelters to live by.


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