Posted by: JWP | 02/01/2010

Army, police, Islamic rebels searching for Ampatuan cash up to P4billion

Army, police, MILF searching for Ampatuan money

By Ramon Tulfo Philippine Daily Inquirer 02/02/2010

The military says members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are frantically digging for firearms and ammunition reportedly buried by the Ampatuans in different places in Maguindanao.

The MILF is reportedly aided by remnants of the disbanded private army of the Ampatuans in digging for guns and ammo.

More than 400 militiamen loyal to the Ampatuans have joined the MILF, their former enemy, in retrieving the clan’s arsenal, according to the Armed Forces.

C’mon, guys, tell that to the Marines!

The military, police, MILF and remnants of the Ampatuans’ private army are not after the guns and ammo, but caches of money of the Ampatuans.

It’s a free-for-all, finders-keepers kind of search.

Don’t be surprised if the combined military-police search groups shoot it out with the MILF-Ampatuan militia over the money.

A very reliable source in the intelligence community said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered a search for the Ampatuans’ money estimated at between P2 billion and P4 billion.

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ARMM political clans into ‘lootable resources’

NewsBreak Online Written by Frankie Llaguno 12/01/09

They use elective positions to earn from illicit trades, with Palace blessings

What will the Ampatuan and other clans lose if clan members fail to get elected to key positions in the 5 provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the coming elections?

Aside from power, there are the fund transfers between the central government and ARMM in the form of internal revenue allotments or IRA amounting to P2.23 billion in 2006 alone.

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