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PIA Press Release
2008/08/29

Army troops clear some barangays in Kato's base command

Koronadal City (29 August) -- The Army's 6th Infantry Division recovered improvised explosive devise (IED) during clearing operations at Barangay Takanalipao, Mamasapano in Maguindanao on August 26, 2008 while running after Amelil Umbra Kato, the commander of the lawless MILF's 105th Base Command.

Operating troops of 75th Infantry Battalion recovered in the area three plastic bags containing gun powder, live ammunition nitrate placed in a plastic bag, a tube of C4, four RPG ammunitions, three rifles grenades, six live M203 rounds and an alarm clock. Explosive experts believe that these recovered war materials are used in fabricating IED.

The 6ID troopers are scouring through the areas to arrest Kato for various criminal offense charged against him ranging from murder, robbery-in-band, arson and others.


PGMA gives cash assistance to wounded soldiers

Five wounded personnel of the Army's 6th Infantry Division, received cash assistance offered by Her Excellency President Macapagal-Arroyo through Presidential Management Staff (PMS) represented by Ian Lucero in a simple ceremony held at Camp Siongco Station Hospital (CSSH) at Barangay Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Shariff Kabunsuan on August 27, 2008.

The recipients were Sgt. Valerio Calasang, Cpl Joan Caro, Pfcs. Ronald Agonton, Nur Abdurahim and Loius Limayog. They received P50,000 each. They were wounded in action during the height of military operations against Amelil Umbra Kato, the commander of the MILF's 105th Base Command who is subjected for manhunt operations for his various criminal offenses committed in North Cotabato Province.

Major General Raymundo B Ferrer, 6ID chief, who assisted in handing over the checks to the wounded soldiers said "These valiant soldiers risked their lives to restore peace and order in areas where Kato sow terror and violated the rights of the innocent resident "

The 6ID started the military operations on August 15 when Kato denied the ultimatum of the government for him and his group to vacate the 15 barangays in North Cotabato. It resulted to the massive evacuation of the residents.

The 6ID troopers are raking through the areas to arrest Kato for various criminal offense charged against him ranging from murder, robbery-in band, arson and others. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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