From InterAksyon (Aug 2): Army corporal wounded in Zamboanga del Sur skirmish with armed men
A report from the field said Saturday that a Philippine Army corporal was wounded in a firefight with armed men at a remote village Zamboanga del Sur.
The Philippine National Police Operations Center at PNP General Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City said the encounter took place at around 8:25am at Sitio Kamanse, Brgy. Tuburan, Tigbao, Zamboanga Del Sur.
The report said that elements of the Philippine Army's 14th Division Reconnaisance Company (DRC), led by a certain Lt. Gelapia, chanced upon two armed men suspected to be communist rebels belonging to the Western Mindanao Regional Party under Ka Nathan.
An exchange of gunfire ensued between the two sides lasting for about 10 minutes, resulting in one army trooper, identified initially as Cpl. Saklian, sustaining a gunshot wound.
The report said the suspected rebels quickly fled towards the hinterland while the soldier was brought to the nearest hospital medical treatment.
Troops of the 14th DRC together with the 2nd and 3rd Maneuvering Companies of the Regional Public Safety Company 9 conducted pursuit operations against the fleeing armed men.
The meeting aimed to presents the movement’s ultimate goal in a form of courtesy call to the leadership of MILF before its full blown operations.
Mr. Abdulnasser M. Ales, the YBGM Secretary General said that the movement aims to initiate actions and exert possible means to popularize massive support of people from all walks of life for the success and rightful implementation of the Bangsamoro government. A copy of the concept paper prepared by YBGM about its program and goals was provided by the team to the Chairman.
“This endeavor is in line with the struggle of the Bangsamoro”, Chairman Murad replied.
“It is very timely now that what we really need at this stage of struggle is to gain the support of the masses,” he added. According to the chairman, there are number of organizations existing nowadays (The Youth organization, the Non-Government Organization, Civil Society Organization, and among others).
“If these organizations could be managed very well, be united and agreed among themselves to have common understanding and the same directions towards peace, then they are of big help to this struggle, but if otherwise, then, they might just cause great destruction,” he said.
Considering the ultimate goal of this movement it is directly fastened to this great challenge, thus it could be pacified In shaa Allah.
“It is impossible for you to converge as one organization but it is possible to unite your ideas and actions into one and same direction in accordance to the struggle of the Bangsamoro,” Chairman Murad further emphasized.
“Proper coordination is highly encouraged to all of you, make this Central Committee office as center of your coordination,” Chairman Murad added.
Moreover, chairman Al-haj Murad gave an updates on the status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to the visiting team (YBGM).
He said that the draft BBL crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) was diluted by the President’s legal team. But we have nothing to worry about, because BBL is just to transfer the signed agreement into law. All major provisions in the BBL are just culled out from the signed agreement (FAB, 4 annexes, addendum and CAB).
“So what is signed is signed and that cannot be modified. Some of the supplies provisions of the BBL can be modified but not the major one,” he added.
“What Mr. President made on the BBL is just a comment, it is not a modified version, everyone has the right to comment, and it is only up to the author if he accepts the comment or not,” he pointed out.
The MILF Chairman provided more detailed updates before the participants but declined to elaborate more.
YBGM is a movement created in support to the establishment of the Bangsamoro government through advocacy and action to reach out to the people within and outside the Bangsamoro territory regardless of faith, beliefs, tribal, social and political affiliations.