From ABS-CBN (May 15): 2 NPAs killed in encounter in Gingoog City
Two suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in an encounter with government troops in Sitio Mangilit, Barangay Bal-ason, Gingoog City.
Lt. Col. Jose Leonard B. Gille, commanding officer of 4th civil-military operation, said the still unidentified men may have been members of the Guerilla Front 4B, North Central Mindanao Regional Command of the NPA.
Recovered from the scene were two M-16 rifles, Gille said.
According to Gille, they received information about the presence of NPA members in the area prior to the encounter.
Gille said the NPA members killed may have been responsible for the ambush on former Gingoog City Mayor Ruth Guingona in 2013.
Guingona survived, but 2 of her aides died.
Aside from the native inhabitants who trooped to the venue to listen to the speakers, Village Chairman Fernado Barneso, Sr. and members of the barangay council also attended the activity. Other participants also include members of the local MILF committee. The dialogue started with a du’a followed by the message of Chairman Barneso.
He said, “Actually we respect and are supportive to the proposed Bangsamoro but we would like also to fully understand the features of CAB, the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the four Annexes so that we can also help in enlightening our people to avoid confusions and misunderstanding of the peace agreement”.
Al Haj Suharto, MILF Maguindanao Information Committee Provincial Director clarified the issue of going to war with someone, groups of people or government in the Islamic concept. “In Islam you’re not allowed to fight without solid reason except defending yourself from oppression or cruelty in order to attain justice and have peace”.
Professor Esmael Abdula delved on the peace process expounded on the FAB, highlights of CAB and the four annexes. Abdula is currently the Chairman of the Campaign and Mass Mobilization, Sub Committee on Information, Committee on Information and member of the Steering Committee of Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) at the same time the institute’s training officer.
Abdula pointed out that the roots cause of the Mindanao conflict were foreign and local colonizations of the Moro homeland that marginalized our people and devastated the region. “This isn’t a conflict between Muslims and Non-Muslims; it’s a fight against oppression,” Abdula said further.
Listening to the presentation of Abdula, the participants became aware of the Mindanao problem and the benefits the inclusive Bangsamoro region can provide or offer to the people. They instead asked on how to resolve local conflict in the barangay and appealed to have similar dialogue that will involve other residents of Barangay Nangi.