Suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members destroyed and pillaged civilian homes in M’lang, North Cotabato, early Wednesday, a military spokesman said.

About 70 armed “lawless elements” under commander Gani Saligan reportedly pillaged houses owned by Usman Calimpo, Dalot Daong, a certain Daser, and one Kayog in Brgy. Dugong around 6 a.m., Col. Leopoldo Galon, AFP Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman, said.

The materials acquired from the destroyed houses will be used in building hutments for Gani’s group in the tri-boundary of Brgys. Dugong, Buayan, and Gaunan, Galon said, citing information from the Army 6th Infantry Division.

The armed group also reportedly harvested half a hectare of rice in the area, according to the regional military spokesman.

Members of the Army 68th Infantry Battalion have been alerted for a possible clash between the groups of Saligan and one Manwang Zabel in the area. (John Roson)

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