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Kauswagan, MILF raids and Querubin


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:56:00 08/27/2008

Filed Under: Mindanao peace process, Military, Armed conflict

Kauswagan will be forever etched in my mind. Upon learning of the recent attacks by the so-called ?MILF Lost Command,? my recollections went back eight years ago.

That afternoon of March 18, 2000 in Iligan City, my wife and I finished our business meetings early. We had planned to go around the city before boarding a ship for Cebu City. The ship was scheduled to leave at 7 p.m. But when we arrived at 4 p.m. at the famous Caf Hermoso, a bed-and-breakfast place where we were staying, our gracious host, Terry Umali Hermoso learned from her friends from Kauswagan that there was fierce fighting in their town. Her friends, who were nuns, claimed that their convent was taken over by the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Because of this, Terry convinced us to take an early dinner and had her driver bring us to the pier much earlier. She didn?t want us to stay in Iligan City a minute longer. Only one town separates Kauswagan and Iligan. Kauswagan is only a few kilometers southwest of Iligan, along Iligan Bay.

Back in Manila, I learned that the heavy fighting led to the capture of the MILF Camp John Mack (Abdullatef), headquarters of the 303rd Brigade, 3rd Field Division of the MILF, commanded by the notorious Abdul Rahman Macapaar, alias Commander Bravo. The capture was due to the bravery, gallantry and patriotism of the officers and men of the Marine Battalion Combat Team 1, Philippine Marine Corps and Philippine Navy.

For his leadership and acts of conspicuous bravery, gallantry and patriotism above and beyond the call of duty, the commanding officer who led his 116 men in routing the estimated 800 fully armed MILF men at Camp John Mack earned for him the coveted Medal of Valor. At that time, he was a lieutenant colonel?like Lt. Col. Angelo Benitez who died from the hands of the same MILF group headed by Commander Bravo. The former should at this very moment be in the thick of battle, preserving the gains of our fragile democracy as a marine general. It is not meant to be because he continues to languish in confinement.

Who knows what is going on in the mind of Col. Ariel Querubin at this moment?

JERRY A. QUIBILAN, Crusaders for Peace, Prosperity, Unity & Love (via email)



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