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Villagers displaced by gunfight in Maguindanao del Norte

COTABATO CITY --- The police and military have urged the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to disengage and reconcile two of its groups that clashed on Monday morning in Maguindanao del Norte, causing the displacement of about a hundred villagers. The two groups figured in running gunfights for about four hours in Linib and Tinindanan areas in Barangay Bugawas in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, the local police stated in a report on Tuesday to Brig. Gen. Allan Nobleza, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Lt. Col. Esmael Madin, chief of the Datu Odin Sinsuat Municipal Police Station, and officials of the Maguindanao del Norte Provincial Police Office identified the leaders of the feuding groups as Commanders Salim and Adam, who has more than 30 followers each, armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers. Evacuees from the conflict-torn villages are convinced the hostilities were related still to the October 30 synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, where both groups had favored candidates. Talks are spreading around Datu Odin Sinsuat and in this city hinting that the incident, which affected more than 30 families, could be connected to the gun attack on Monday morning in the same barangay that resulted in the death of two residents, Juhaimen Ube and Mistah Alon and left four others wounded. The slain duo, who were attacked while on their way to a polling site, campaigned for certain candidates for barangay elective posts, according to their relatives. They are both related to members of one of the two groups that clashed in Linib and Tinindanan on Monday, according to traditional community Moro leaders. Army Major Gen. Alex Rillera, commander of the 6th Infantry Division, said he has directed their units in Datu Odin Sinsuat and nearby towns to secure Barangay Bugawas to prevent a repeat of Monday’s skirmishes in the area. The two groups scampered away when they sensed that soldiers backed by armored combat vehicles dispatched to secure Barangay Bugawas were closing in......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarNov 7th, 2023

Marines operate skills training center in former MILF bastion

The Marines now operate a livelihood skills training center for villagers in the former main enclave of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front which is surrounded by municipalities in Maguindanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Cotabato provinces......»»

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Moro clan members resolving conflicts after Cotabato gunfight

Members of the Sinsuat clan in Cotabato and in Maguindanao del Norte, made estranged by hostile politics, are optimistic that they can still reunite despite Tuesday’s gunfight that marred their reconciliation dialogue. It left a policeman dead......»»

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Bong Go assists Talitay displaced workers

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, in coordination with Mayor Sidik Amiril, provided assistance to residents of the Municipality of Talitay, Maguindanao del Norte on Monday, 23 October. Go’s outreach staff joined a distribution activity at the Talitay-covered court and provided snacks, masks, and vitamins to 268 indigents, particularly displaced workers. They also gave away shirts, balls for basketball and volleyball, a mobile phone, and shoes to select recipients. The beneficiaries also qualified for livelihood support from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) after they have completed DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program. "Patuloy po tayong magtulungan upang mas mapabuti pa ang kalagayan ng ating mga disadvantaged at displaced workers. Magkasama tayo sa layuning ito na makabuo ng mas maginhawa at mas matatag na lipunan para sa lahat ng Pilipino," he said. To ensure that those who reside in rural areas lacking job opportunities are taken care of, Go also filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 420, which seeks to offer temporary employment to eligible members of low-income rural households who are ready to perform unskilled physical labor for a period of time if enacted into law. Meanwhile, Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, shared his continuing efforts to bring government health services closer to Filipinos. He encouraged the beneficiaries to make use of the Malasakit Centers if they are in need of assistance in settling their hospital bills. “Kung mayroon po kayong karamdaman, halimbawa masakit ang dibdib ninyo, at kailangan n’yo pong magpaospital at kailangan n’yo pong magpaopera sa Davao o sa Maynila sa Philippine Heart Center, magsabi lang po kayo. Tutulungan ho namin kayong magpaopera, pati pamasahe po ninyo tutulungan ho namin kayo,” Go said. Within Maguindanao del Norte, Malasakit Centers are housed in Sanitarium Hospital in Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato Regional and Medical Center in Cotabato City. Residents of Maguindanao del Sur can access the Malasakit Center at Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in Shariff Aguak. “Ang target po ng Malasakit Center ay ma-cover ang inyong billing. Kaya huwag po kayong mahihiyang lumapit sa Malasakit Center dahil para po yan sa inyo, mga kababayan kong Pilipino. At ngayon po, meron na po tayong 159 na Malasakit Centers sa buong Pilipinas na handang tumulong po sa inyo,” he said. As a one-stop shop where poor and indigent patients can access government medical assistance, the Malasakit Center was initiated by Go in 2018 and institutionalized under Republic Act No. 11463 in 2019, a legislation he principally sponsored and authored. The center is home to various agencies including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), ensuring accessibility to medical assistance programs. Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, has also supported several projects in the province, including the construction of public markets in Buldon and Matanog; and the construction of a multipurpose building in Matanog. The post Bong Go assists Talitay displaced workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 26th, 2023

Thousands displaced in BIFF, AFP encounters

More than 10,000 villagers have been displaced in Maguindanao since Thursday following encounters between soldiers and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.....»»

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Marcos names Maguindanao del Norte governor’s son to Bangsamoro parliament

Jamel Macacua fills the vacancy in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority left by his father Abdulraof, who was appointed as the governor of Maguindanao del Norte in 2023.....»»

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Maguindanao del Norte cop nabbed for gunrunning

A policeman and his alleged cohort were arrested in this city on Friday for the illegal sale of guns......»»

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Foreign help for seaside peace road project sought

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7 missing as pirates take over boat carrying smuggled cigarettes

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P2.7-M worth imported cigarettes seized in Maguindanao del Norte

Vigilant merchants and policemen on Sunday intercepted a truck carrying P2.7 million worth of imported cigarettes in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao del Norte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2024

6 Dawlah Islamiya, 2 Reds surrender in Maguindanao del Norte

Six Dawlah Islamiya terrorists and two New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered and turned over their guns in Upi, Maguindanao del Norte on Monday......»»

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Six Dawlah Islamiya terrorists and two members of the New People’s Army turned in assorted firearms and explosives and pledged allegiance to the government in Upi, Maguindanao del Norte on Monday......»»

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Development plan for MILF’s former main bastion gains support

Town mayors around the erstwhile iconic main enclave of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Maguindanao del Norte are ready to help push forward Malacañang’s 20-year development plan aiming to transform the area into an economic hub......»»

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Conflict-stricken villagers in Agusan del Norte get farm machinery from ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross has provided post-harvest facilities to 107 marginalized families in Cabadbaran City in Agusan Del Norte to boost their agricultural productivity, badly stifled by armed conflicts in their villages......»»

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Teduray teacher overcomes discrimination to champion peace through education

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2 motorcycle thieves, shabu dealers face raps in Maguindanao del Norte

Two men tagged in 13 motorcycle thefts and known for distributing shabu in isolated barangays in Maguindanao del Norte are now both detained, awaiting prosecution......»»

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