Posted by: JWP | 01/31/2010

Massacre suspects private army have joined up w/ Islamic rebels

AFP: Ampatuan CVOs have joined up with MILF

By Rose Tamayo-Tesoro (The Philippine Star) Updated February 01, 2010

BULUAN, Maguindanao, Philippines – More than 400 militiamen loyal to the Ampatuans have joined the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in racing against government troops to retrieve the clan’s arsenal buried in various parts of Maguindanao, the military said yesterday.

Army Maj. Randolf Cabangbang told The STAR members of the Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) implicated in last year’s Maguindanao massacre had linked up with the 106th MILF Base Command.

“In exchange for firearms and pledge to help them locate and unearth the buried firearms of the Ampatuans, the MILF under the 106th Base Command in Shariff Aguak are now protecting the Ampatuans’ militiamen,” he said.

Intelligence reports said the MILF forces are led by Commanders Adam and Itim Ampatuan, close relatives of Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., principal suspect in the Maguindanao massacre.

Cabanbang said the MILF fighters belonging to the 106th Base Command were able to recover more than 300 high-powered firearms believed owned by the Ampatuans in the hinterlands of Shariff Aguak with help from the militiamen.

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