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PIA Press Release
2008/11/11

Lanao Sur kidnappings could be diversionary tactic of LMG

ICC Iligan City (11 November) -- The kidnappings in Lanao del Sur (LDS) are police matters which are being investigated by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Thus explained Lt. Col. Agane Adriatico, Civil Military Operations (CMO) Chief, G7, First Infantry Division (IID), Philippine Army, who said investigations on kidnappings are conducted by the PNP since these are as police matters.

"But we are not discounting the fact that these are just diversionary tactics applied by the lawless MILF groups (LMG), Adriatico said during a recent media briefing at the Information Command Center (ICC), Philippine Information Agency, this city.

He said bandits engage in kidnappings because they need money and it is possible that the LMG are doing it to raise funds because they are now running out of supply for their food and ammunition or they could be doing it to divert the attention of the military.

Meanwhile, he said since the 102nd Base Command of LMG leader Bravo have splintered into smaller groups, the concentration has shifted to that of the 103 Base Command under Alim Pangalian which the Army troops have uncovered in the boundaries of Wao and Bumbaran towns in LDS.

In fact, they have already engaged our troops, particularly, the 29th Infantry Battalion, PA in the area, Adriatico said.

Asked if there is a possibility that Bravo has gone to LDS, Adriatico said the 102nd Base Command of Abdullah Macapaar or Bravo is operating in Lanao del Norte and that he is still on the run and continuously hiding in Mt. Gurain along the boundaries of Piagapo and Madalum, LDS and Munai, Poona Piagapo and Tangkal in LDN.

It is the 103rd Base Command of Pangalian which is operating in Wao while it is the 101st Base Command under Abu Fais which is operating in the mountainous area of Mt. Gurain along Kalanogas and Balindong, LDS.

The recent encounter in Wao with the government troops was with the LMG of the 103rd Base Command of Pangalian, another leader of the LMG, Adriatico added. (RCA/PIA 10) [top]

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