From the Philippine Star (May 5): Soldiers, NPAs clash in Zamboanga
Government troops clashed with suspected New People’s Army (NPA) collecting so-called permit to campaign fees from candidates in a town in Zamboanga del Norte Friday morning, military officials said yesterday.
Villagers informed the soldiers, who are members of the 10th Infantry Battalion, on the location of the NPA rebels, said Capt. Jefferson Somera, spokesman for the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.
Somera said the firefight, which lasted for one and half hours, occurred in the hinterlands of Leon Postigo town.
Lt. Col. Leonel Nicolas, commanding officer of the 10th IB, said they recovered a 357 magnum revolver, three sacks of food stuff, medical equipment and 50 rounds of live ammunition for M16 at the scene.
The program was aimed at enhancing the leadership of Bangsamoro Youth in the locality and instilling on them Islamic wisdom so that they shall become future good and trusted leaders for the Bangsamoro.
The participants came from various barangays of the municipality of Kiamba who actively participated in the whole day activity. They brought with them their own food provisions.
The participants were impressed and enlightened on the topics delivered by the resource speakers, Sheikh Mukhtar Musa (a master of Philosophy in Islamic Studies, Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations, and Bachelor of Arts in Usuluddin in Pakistan) and Sheik Alimuddin Glang, a hafiz and graduate of Islamic Shari’ah.
The program was supported by the MILF political Committee and Committee on Dawah and Masajid Affairs in the said municipality, assisted by the Associated Youth for Good Governance (AYGG), Inc .As a whole, the program was a complete success due to the efforts by organizers and support from partners in the community.