2 killed in skirmish in Lanao Sur

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Sunday, July 13, 2014


MARAWI CITY – An alleged member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) under Azadullah “Bravo” Macapaar of 102nd Base Command in Balindong town in Lanao del Sur and a soldier died in a clash.

The clash happened along the national highway in Barangay Bacayawan in the municipality of Marantao in Lanao del Sur on July 11.

Colonel Glen Macasero, commanding officer of 103rd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army, told Sun.Star that a team from TV 5 "Bitag" requested the brigade for escort as TV crew conducted an interview to Lanao del sur Electric Cooperative, Incorporated in Madamba town also in Lanao del Sur.

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The army under the 51st Infantry Battalion (IB) escorted the TV 5 crew while another troop under the 65th Infantry Battalion posted as route security team standing by in Bacayawan, Marantao.

Macasero said at 4:10 p.m. the army on standby in Bacayawan had engaged in a firefight against some MILF members in the area that resulted in hitting Private First Class Julius Galle in his buttocks.

Galle was able to fire back hitting Jabier Macagaan also known as Kumander Carabao who was carrying recoilless propelled grenade (RPG) launcher.

Galle said while they were on standby there was someone riding a motorcycle who posed as a barangay chairman and kept on coming back to their area until the soldiers noticed people surrounded them and saw someone carrying an RPG pointed at them.

"I immediately grabbed my firearm and fired five times until I hit the man carrying the RPG," Galle recalled.

He said the 51st Battalion sent its reinforcement and whose driver PFC Richard Castillo was hit in the legs; Corporal Jumer Dagohoy was hit in is head while attending to a wounded colleague.

The wounded soldiers are brought to a hospital in Iligan City. The firefight lasted for an hour.

Macasero has been coordinating with the ceasefire committee to prevent escalation and retaliation while the investigation is ongoing.

"Perhaps, there might have been misinterpretation of our presence there on that day and triggered by peace spoilers," Macasero said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 13, 2014.

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