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Friday, August 10, 2012
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Two riding-in-tandem motorists attacked an evacuation center in Barangay Labu-Labo in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Killed on the spot was identified as Mananbeda Santo, village councilman of Labu-Labo. Police also identified the wounded victim as Sittie Tambongalan Kendatu, 54, an evacuee from Barangay Limbuay, also in Shariff Aguak.
Dr. Tahir Sulaik, head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Maguindanao, said the victims were standing outside the Labu-Labo Elementary School when the suspects, onboard a motorcycle, peppered them with bullets.
Sulaik said the barangay official died on the spot while Kendatu suffered multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of her body and was brought to Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in Shariff Aguak proper for treatment.
Kendatu, according to Sulaik, is still in critical condition.
"This is a very unfortunate situation. The attack happened in an area where the evacuees were supposed to be safe and secured from any attack from the warring groups," said Sulaik.
The Labu-Labo Elementary School housed at least 136 families, all from Limbuay, data from the IPHO said.
Sulaik said that based on their monitoring, the armed fighting, which started on Monday, resulted to the evacuation of at least 4,259 families or 23,426 individuals from five affected towns in Maguindanao.
Most of the evacuees are women and children.
Data from the IPHO said that of the more than 23 thousand internally-displaced persons (IDPs), 702 were pregnant mothers.
In nearby Columbio town in Sultan Kudarat province, authorities recovered the body of a still unidentified male, an hour after they exchanged fires with a group of bandits in Barangay Telapaz, Wednesday.
Senior Inspector Teng Bacal, chief of the Columbio Municipal Police Station, said they were on their way to the village to search a suspected hideout of a lawless group when they were ambushed by still unidentified gunmen.
The exchange of fires lasted for an hour, Bacal said.
When the firing ceased, Bacal said they tried to scour the area and discovered the body of a still unidentified male they hinted as a member of the group that ambushed them.
None among the government forces was killed nor hurt during the encounter.
The body was brought to the Tulunan Funeral Homes in Tulunan town in North Cotabato.
Authorities believed the armed men were members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, armed wing the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement, which is a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 10, 2012.