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PIA Press Release
2008/10/23

2 barangay officials missing in Kalamansig, SK

ICC General Santos City (23 October) -- Two barangay officials of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat were reportedly kidnapped on Monday (October 20) by armed men believed to be members of lawless Moro Islamic Liberation Front group (LMG).

Town Mayor Rolando Garcia identified the missing officials as barangay chairman Manan Magartas and barangay kagawad Abdul Tingao.

According to him, the two boarded a vehicle in barangay Sangay, Kalamansig at around 7p.m. when it was suddenly halted by armed men who forcibly took the officials to still undisclosed location.

Police and the victims' families are still figuring out the motive of the suspects and locations they could possibly be held in captive.

PIA SarGen learned that earlier in the weeks, a certain Commander Boyet harassed the barangay killing 4 innocent civilians and burning at least 14 houses.

Government authorities identified Commander Boyet as LMG member.

With the incident, the local government reported at least 900 families left their homes in Kalamansig for fear they may be caught up in the fight between the military and the LMG.

The police and the military have forged strong alliance and collaboration to secure the areas from further LMG's attack, it was learned.

According to police here the carnage may stem from a land conflict between the Muslims and Illonggos in the area.

To boost police personnel, 6th Infantry Division Commander Major General Raymundo Ferrer had ordered the deployment of military troops in the area to help police contain security threats that drove civilians to seek shelter at evacuation centers. (PIA SarGen) [top]

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