From Tempo (Aug 9): 1 dead, 3 hurt in Agusan gunfight
A member of Special Cafgu Active Auxiliary (SCAA) was killed while three other soldiers were wounded when a gunbattle erupted between the security force of a tree plantation and heavily armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels at Stand 32, Purok 7, Barangay Zillovia in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur, the military said yesterday.
Maj. Christian C. Uy, the Army’s 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division spokesperson, identified the slain SCAA member as Carlito M. Perez, Sr. Wounded were Cpl. Adul A. Sadjael, Pfc. Viermie A. Polinar and Cpl. Roberto A. Tejeros.
Uy said the SCAA force was conducting security patrol in the tree plantation when harassed by some 30 NPA rebels.
“Our reinforcing ground troops also believed that they inflict undetermined casualties on the enemy side during the more than 30 minutes heavy gunbattle,” said Uy.
The rebels are members of Guerilla-Front Committee 88 of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee, he said.
The group arrived at the hotel lobby at 11:30 in the morning and proceeded to the negotiation venue at about 2:00 in the afternoon.
“We want to give them energy so that they can stay the course and be able to finish the last hurdle before their homestretch thereby arrive at an agreeable and acceptable Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL),” said one of the CSO leaders.
“BBL now and thank you for your hard efforts for peace” were the main words spread out by the group in the negotiation room.
The group developed a song that was sung before the members of the GPH and MILF peace panels with the presence of the Bangsamoro Transition Commissioners, members of the International Contact Group and Third Party Monitoring Team.
In an interview with Bailing Mantawil, Executive Director of the Bangsamoro Women Action for Development, Inc. (BWADI), at the same day but she was not part of the CSO group that came to peacefully push the panels, she said: We have got tired of waiting, and I don’t trust anymore the government.
“It’s better for the MILF peace panel to already get out of the room as they cannot get something out of that as the GPH peace panel has always been trying to change most of the agreed provisions to suit to the Philippine Constitution,” she said.
“Anyway, they have already been done with crafting the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL),” she added.
“If Bangsamoro Question can’t be resolved these days, Jihad will just be continued by the young Bangsamoro and passed on to the next if still not resolved; this Jihad must continue until the full exercise of Bangsamoro Right-to-self determination be finally achieved, and this should be considered by the Bangsamoro as a way of life,” she furthered.
The developed songs sung by the group conveyed a message of hope and called on both parties to be strong enough in continuing talks and have BLL come up in this marathon meeting.
“BBL must be tonight as tomorrow is too long; we can’t wait for it.”
The group has the plan to come back this day to extend flowers to peace panels as symbol of hope and they will give them energy drinks so that they will never be getting tired despite difficulties they have experiencing along the discussions.