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Armed men fired upon a passenger vessel carrying registrant voters in waters off Maluso, Basilan, early Monday, killing a woman and wounding two others, authorities said.

Colonel Ramon Yogyog, commander of the Army’s Special Forces in Basilan, identified the fatality as Nurhiba Ahamad, 46, and the injured, Hadja Patricia Kadil, 46, and Awina Ahamad, 35. All three are residents of Tabuan-Lasa town.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. in waters between Calang Canas and Tamuk Island.

Senior Supt. Alex Lineses, Basilan provincial police director, said the ML Marlboro was ferrying 300 to 400 passengers, some of them registrant voters, from Zamboanga City to Tabuan Lasa when it was fired upon by men on two other boats.

The gunmen, only estimated to be four or more because of the darkness, were seen carrying an M16 rifle attached with an M203 grenade launcher as well as an M14 rifle.

“I can only suppose that the armed men thought the boat was carrying ‘flying voters’ because of the ongoing registration here,” Lineses said in a phone interview.

“Akala siguro nila hakot, pero mga legal registrants ‘yun… kasi registration ngayon, alam mo naman uso ang hakot,” he said.

Lineses said the voters registration has so far been proceeding normally since it started on July 9.

“May kaunting decrease (in registrants), pero ine-expect natin na marami pang magre-register kasi hanggang July 18 pa naman ito,” he said. (John Roson)

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Abu Sayyaf members ambushed a rubber cooperative truck in Sumisip, Basilan, early Wednesday, leaving six people, mostly rubber tappers, dead and 22 others injured, authorities said.

Colonel Arthur Ang, commander of the military’s Task Force Basilan, said five of the slain were workers of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative (TARBIDC) and the sixth was a militiaman.

Twenty of the injured are also rubber tappers while the other two were members of the Special Civilian Active Auxiliary (SCAA), he said.

Five of the fatalities have been identified as SCAA member Larry Mangaran Sr., and rubber tappers Dante Binondo, Bonifacio Estequia, Albert Parang, and Loreto Jeneney Jr.

Injured were militiamen Leo Pacure and Adjad Lidjaman and TARBIDC workers including Felessimo Padlio, Roseller Timtim, Armado Polonio, Juanito Puguy, Rey Sundung, Elmer Limbin, Rogelio Mata Jr., Marlon Pungutan, Dante Jeminez, Allan Pascua, Junie Aligay, Jolly Lipapa, Renevier Rabacca, Robert Payusan, Juniver Motocan, Bonifacio Dagodog, Dennis Donaire, and Roniel Limbim.

The incident occurred around 6 a.m., while the rubber tappers and militiamen were traversing the Circumferential Road in Brgy. Sapah Bulak, on a TARBIDC truck.

“The truck was ferrying rubber tappers to a plantation when it was strafed,” Basilan provincial police director Senior Supt. Alex Lineses said.

Members of the SCAA, who were then escorting the rubber tappers, engaged the 10 fully-armed bandits in a brief firefight before the enemy withdrew, Capt. Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said.

The attackers are believed to have been led by Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Radzmil Janatol, whose group the militiamen encountered near the TARBIDC compound in Sitio Campo Dos, Brgy. Tumahubong, just on Tuesday, Caber said. (John Roson)

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Six people, including three children, got killed while eight others, most of whom are minors, were injured when armed men detonated dynamites and fired at civilians in Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur, Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Senior Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela, Zamboanga del Sur provincial police director, identified the fatalities as Daylin Daano, 25, and her son Daryl, 2; Raquiel, 28, and Rex Langhay, 9; Henerita Bayombon, 11; and Jun Banghulot, 62.

Those injured, aged 2, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, and 37, were brought to different hospitals because of blast wounds, bullet wounds, and hack wounds.

About 10 fully-armed men led by Amie Andi opened fire at residents of Sitio Bihing, Brgy. Tininghlanag, around 4:30 p.m. then fled towards the northwest, Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said in a text message Thursday night.

Reached by phone Friday morning, Gucela said the attackers also used dynamites and hacked the victims.

“Apat na bahay ito na pinasok ng mga armado, hinagisan ng dynamite tapos ini-strafing nila. After ng strafing tinaga pa, pati mga injured may mga tama ng taga,” Gucela said.

Most of the victims are relatives of militiaman Dencio Tayabag, who recently guided troops in an operation against “lawless elements,” Cabangbang said.

The February 11 operation, which saw Tayabag guide members of the 5th Infantry Battalion and Lapuyan’s Bantay Bayan, resulted in the death of Samang Andi, leader of the lawless elements and a brother of Amie Andi, according to military.

“Lawless group ito na kung minsan ay affiliated sa Abu Sayyaf,” Gucela said.

Members of the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion, PNP Regional Public Safety Battalion, and Provincial Public Safety Company have been sent to pursue the attackers who are still believed to be in Zamboanga del Sur.

Police stations in the adjacent towns of Margosatubig, Vicenzo Sagun, San Miguel, and Kumalarang, on the other hand, were placed on “heightened alert” and told to be on the lookout for the gunmen.

“Hindi na nagtaas ng alert ang provincial police kasi isolated ito dun sa iisang lugar, pero ‘yung apat na police stations naka-heightened alert,” Gucela said. (John Roson)

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