MILF men clash with ex-comrades in Maguindanao

By ALI G. MACABALANG

COTABATO CITY

Active members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) clashed with their former comrades in a gunfight in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Monday, Oct. 12, leaving at least one fatality and three wounded, the military reported on Wednesday.

The Zamboanga City-based Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), citing a report from the Maguindanao-based Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID), said the protagonist groups were led by one Ben Tikaw  and a certain Salik Kiko.

“According to the report, Salik Kiko is a delisted member of the 118th Base Command of the MILF while Ben Tikaw is a member of the 105th Base Command,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., WestMinCom Commander.

The warring groups figured in six-hour trade of bullets at Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano town that led to the death of one Alimudin, a member of Kiko’s group, Gen. Vinluan said in a statement sent to the Philippine Muslim Today.

Three followers of Tikaw were wounded in the armed skirmish, Vinluan said.

“We are still waiting for the results of investigation as to why these two groups clashed,” he added.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, 6ID chief and Joint Task Force Central head, said he had immediately deployed personnel from the 33rd Infantry Battalion in coordination with the local officials and the PNP to closely monitor the situation.

“We also established checkpoints along provincial roads to preempt spill over (of the fighting) to populated areas,” Gen. Uy said.

Barangay Tukanalipao is the scene of the bloody armed skirmish between terrorist-hunting elements of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police and armed residents purportedly belonging to the MILF and the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Jan. 25, 2015.

The incident, which drew public outrage that led to a Congressional thumb down of a bill establishing an MILF-led autonomous region, let 44 SAF members killed alongside dozens of MILF combatants and civilian residents. (AGM)

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