09 August 2010
Datu Piang, MAGUINDANAO- The Local Government Unit of Datu Piang conducted validation and assessment on displaced families due to fighting between the two commanders of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). This effort was done to determine the exact number of displaced persons temporarily sheltering at Gumbay Elementary School and those who sought refuge to their relatives here.
August 6, 2010, these IDPs have moved to Datu Piang Poblacion at around 2:00 in the afternoon brought about the brewing conflict between local MILF commanders Abunawas of 104th base command and commander Adzmi of 106th base command. On the following day at around 11:30 am the fire fight between the groups flared-up.
As to the result of validation, the LGU is planning to share it with different concerned agencies especially to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for appropriate assistance once the collation of data is finished and the immediate needs of the displaced families are identified.
The 29th Infantry battalion set up a booth inside Datu Gumbay Elementary School evacuation center to validate the number of the displaced families and monitor their movements while at the displacement site. As of august 08, 2010, they have listed 89 IDP families from barangay Alonganen, 63 families from barangay Balanaken and 194 families from barangay Liong.
According to MTB’s source who requested anonymity, the elements of the 29th IB are continuously validating the number of IDPs arriving and those IDPs in the house-based setting. They have started their monitoring and listing since last Saturday and opened their booth from 8:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon and during night times from 7:30 to 11:00 they are having a film showing in the nearby stage inside the campus to entertain the IDPs.
To date, based on our interview with some of the IDPs they still are hearing exchanges of fires in the area but a little bit minimal compared to last Friday. There is also unverified report of two combatants killed in action (KIA) that belongs to commander Abunawas forces.
They also said that there are 29th IB troops based in sitio Kinudal, Balanaken adjacent to barangay Liong and barangay Alonganen observing the situation. # (EGM)