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MILF rebels occupy 2 Maguindanao villages

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:55:00 08/10/2008

MANILA, Philippines–Suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels attacked and occupied two villages in Maguindanao province before noon Sunday, the eve of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elections, as fighting between the insurgents and government forces raged in nearby Northern Cotabato province, the military said.

The rebels, reportedly from the MILF’s 105th Base Command, occupied the villages of Gayonga and Labio in Northern Kabuntalan town at around 11 a.m., Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesman Major Armand Rico said.

Rebel troops were also sighted in the villages of Indatuan and Damatog in the same city, and in the villages of Upper Labas and Patindingin in Midsayap town, North Cotabato province, Rico said.

Maguindanao is one of the provinces that make up the ARMM. The governorship of the region as well as seats in the regional assembly are up for grabs in Monday’s election.

Also on Sunday, the military launched strikes in the towns of Aleosan, Pikit, Libungan, and Midsayap to flush out an estimated 500 MILF rebels from the 105th Base Command, who have seized farm lands in the said areas.

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