NEWS: MILF’s “dormant” Pantukan camp also watched- police

aug 25

Text messages on MILF attacks to Boringot false

Madaum not likely an MILF entry point- Chiongkee

Although the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s camp in Pantukan is described by the military as “dormant’ but nevertheless it is also being watched just in case.

Regional police spokesperson Chief Inspector Querubin Manalang Jr., in one news report over the weekend, bared that ”there are also MILF units in Madaum, Tagum and in some parts of Davao Oriental” but he discounted that the possibility that nearby MILF units could launch attack to Davao City.

Earlier, AFP vice chief of staff Lieutenant General Cardoso Luna said that the other MILF camps being watched, especially those in the Davao Region, which are considered as dormant besides the one in Pantukan are located in Tarragona in Davao Oriental and Sarangani in Davao del Sur.

He identified the MILF areas in the Cotabato-Maguindanao area as well as those in Lanao provinces as the most active these days.

But Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy defused talk that the Madaum could be an entry point for MILF attack saying that it is mostly populated by Kalagan Muslims whom he long knew to be peace-loving and “mababait” (good) people.

Madaum is where the Uy family hailed from since when the father of the governor and City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy arrived in the city and had his residence and trading business there with a lot of Muslim sukis until they moved in to the city proper in 1980.

Gov. Uy said that the Kalagan Muslims at Madaum had in effect adopted his father as one of their own while the latter stayed long in the place and as they cared for his father, who first arrived as a stranger Chinese merchant in the place populated by Muslims. “Palangga nila si Papa”.

He added he grew up there until when he was twenty something and had learned of the good ways of the Muslims which he said allowed to even speak the Kalagan dialect.

As this developed, Sidlak’s police sources said as “false and untrue” the text messages the circulated last Friday about armed attacks being carried out by MILF in Comval like the gold mining area in Boringot, Compostela.

Chief Inspector Manalang also said that in their 24-hour monitoring they have not yet seen any MILF troop movements and sightings in the region.

Manalang described the likelihood of MILF attack to Davao City as “very slim” adding that the MILF could not match yet the superior firepower and number of personnel of the police and military.

Aside from the round-the-clock monitoring, the police has also increased its number of mobile checkpoints.

Earlier, Tagum City Police Superintendent Dario Gunabe said that the city’s 100-strong police have been doing their best to ensure the safety and security of the city populace and are always ready to counter terrorist threats in the wake of the MILF attacks in Lanao, Cotabato and Sarangani provinces.

Meanwhile, listed in the annexes to the aborted Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain ((MOA-AD) between the Government of the Philippines and the MILF are all the 13 barangays of Pantukan including the poblacion that are subject to territorial ancestral domain claims by the MILF and are subject for inclusion to the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) through a plebiscite, 25 years after the signing of a Comprehensive Agreement with the MILF.

Pantukan’s 13 barangays are Araibo, Bongabong, Bongbong, Kingking (poblacion), Las Arenas, Magnaga, Matiao, Napnapan, P. Fuentes, Tagdangua, Tag-Ugpo, Tambongon, and Tibagon.

These are under Category B or the ” Special Intervention Areas which refer to conflict affected areas outside the BJE which shall be the subject of special socio-economic and cultural affirmative action implemented by the Central Government pending the conduct of a plebiscite not earlier than twenty-five (25) years from the signing of the Comprehensive Compact to determine the question of their accession to the BJE.” These are subject to further negotiations by the two parties.

In all, Davao Region has 32 barangays subject for inclusion in JBE thru a plebiscite, but it has none in Davao del Norte.

Gov. Uy opposed the inclusion of the entire Pantukan saying that it was a “foolish idea” made without consultations with the Pantukan people (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News with various reports)

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