From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 18): Warring clans clash anew in Maguindanao town
Residents in three villages in Datu Montawal town in Maguindanao province fled
after warring clans clashed anew in Poblacion, around 2 a.m. Friday, a former
village official said.
Abdul Pandita of Poblacion, Datu Montawal said the displaced families, mostly
from villages in Tunggol, Dungguan, and Talapas, have sought temporary shelter
at Dungguan Elementary School and Ligawasan Elementary School, both in Datu
Montawal and situated along the Datu Montawal-Pikit highway.
Pandita said the fighting started when the group of a certain Commander
Bigkog of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) attacked the position of the
private Army of Datu Andy Montawal.
Datu Andy is with a certain Medtalicop Montawal, Pandita said.
Datu Andy, records from the police said, is wanted for murder and rape
charges filed against him since 2008.
Pandita said the deployment of Datu Andy’s own Army in some areas outside the
Poblacion had angered Commander Bigkog.
He explained he happened to know Bigkog’s plan because he was once part of