From the Mindanao Examiner (Feb 24): 3 killed in Basilan ambush
Three people were killed in ambush in the troubled province of Basilan in the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines, an army spokesman said.
Capt. Jefferson Mamauag, of the 1st Infantry Division, said the jeep was travelling in the village of Bohe Baca in Tipo-Tipo town when gunmen attacked the vehicle with automatic weapons.
He said one passenger was also wounded in the ambush believed to be connected to a clan war. Those killed in the attack have been identified as Amir Saribin, 21; Halim Randa, 18 ; and Hadji Alih Ibrahim, 38; and the wounded passenger as Haber Cuevas, 25.
Mamauag, quoting a report from Lt. Col. Cristobal Julian Paolo Perez, commander of the 18th Infantry Battalion, said the jeep – owned by Hakim Tahil – was heading to Lamitan City when the attackers opened fire on the passengers.
“Rido is likely motive of the attack,” Perez said.
Rido is the local term for clan war or family feud, which is not uncommon in Basilan, just several nautical miles south of Zamboanga City.
Perez said troops retrieved the corpses in the area after they cleared the village and handed them over to their respective families. Authorities are investigating the attack to determine who were behind the ambush.
Commissioner Melanio Ulama, of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) representing the indigenous peoples delivered his message during the opening program.
Datuan Magon, United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc (UNYPAD) Deputy Secretary General for Administration, explained the contents of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its four annexes. He told the participants that the results of the consultations will be submitted to the BTC as reference in drafting of the BBL.
Magon was accompanied by Baisanie Macabuat, UNYPAD_National Women Affairs Committee; Hamsa Landangan-UNYPAD Central Mindanao Regioanal Secretary; Julfikhar Samsaraji-UNYPAD Western Mindanao Coordinator; Solaiman Pagaruan UNYPAD Provincial President for Tawitawi.
Some of the issues raised concerns the welfare of the youth; expansion of scholarship grants to deserving youth, justice system for IPs, and Shariah Law for Muslims; strict implementation and compliance of environmental protection and development; and the control and/or elimination of discotique pub-houses/ktv bars that lure women into prostitution.
The consultation was spearheaded by eight organizations with the Theme: “Building Peace in Mindanao through Public Participation in Governance”.
The eight program partners were MindaNews, Bangsamoro Leadership & Management Institute (BLMI), United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), Mindanao Business Council, Mindanao Association of State Colleges & Universities (MASCUF), Teduray Lambangian Women’s Organization (TLWOI), Nisaa ul Haqq Fii Bangsamoro and The Asia Foundation (TAF) as associate partner.