From Tempo (Feb 13): Mom hurt in NPA attack
A 32-year-old working mother was hit by a stray bullet when some 15 heavily armed members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked a military detachment in Barangay Anitapan, Mabini town, Compostela Valley province, at about 3:15 p.m., Wednesday.
The Army’s 10th Infantry Division (10th ID) reported that the detachment was manned by members of Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU).
The victim, identified as Lucrisia Lisondra, a resident of Purok 2 in Anitapan was hit in her right butt and was immediately rushed by the members of Peace and Development Team (PDT) of the 71st IB to the Regional Hospital in Tagum City for treatment, the report added.
Lt. Vergel Lacambra, chief of the public affairs office of 10thID said that Lisondra was gathering firewood when she heard gunshots.
She immediately ran towards the direction of her house to get her children for safety when she noticed some blood on her legs.
It was then that she realized that she was hit by a bullet from the attacking NPA rebels, the report added.
Lt. Col. Dennis Tanzo, commander of 71st IB, condemned the recent NPA attack that wounded a working mother.
The rally participants also contributed money, mostly coins for the families of the eighteen (18) martyred combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who perished in misencounter with members of the PNP-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) last January 25 at Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
“Puro na lang ba yung SAF-44 ang pinaguusapang tutulungan, paanu naman ang mga naulila ng namatay na 18 MILF members?” lamented one elderly participant, who refused to be named”.
“Kahit pa piso-piso lang we can gather sufficient amount to help the families of the martyred MILF fighters and civilians. They are “shaheeds” (martyrs). They died for us and the Bangsamoro,” rally emcee Hadji Acmad Lao said upon seeing a group of students being given their “baon” (food provision).
“Hindi natin kaya yung millions na binigay sa SAF 44 pero gusto nating ipahiwatig sa mga pamilya ng ating mga “Shaheed” na hindi natin sila nakakalimutan”, Lao added.
The mammoth crowd that caused traffic congestion in the city was composed of students, professionals, women, MILF supporters and members, government retirees, businessmen, local politicians and even peace supporters coming from as far as coastal town of Malabang (Ranaoragat) that had to travel for 2 hours to reach the venue.
Various speakers took turns urging Congress and Senate to hasten the enactment of the BBL into law and not to let the Mamasapano misencounter derail it.
“Our stand in local government remains strong in supporting the programs of President Benigno Aquino III and the immediate approval of the BBL” said one mayor who requested anonymity.
One speaker even quoted the words of BTC Chair Mohager Iqbal, “the BBL is the sum of our hopes and dreams. It may mean nothing to you. But it is the whole world to us. It is what we got. It is what we only have.”
In an earlier published statement, twelve (12) Muslim solons led by Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong renewed their commitment of support to President Aquino in finding meaningful, lasting and sustainable peace and urged their colleagues in the chamber not to let the incident in Mamasapano affect the enactment of the proposed Bangsamoro Law.