Miguelito Maglangit, an MILF collaborator is detained just outside the town of Iligan, North of Cotabato in Mindanao, Philippines. He was identified by neighbours of leading the assault by members of the MILF rebels on the towns of Barangay Bantar and Libertat on 18th August 2008.

If found guilty he will be executed by the military.

Renegade members of the MILF reportedly under the leadership and direction of Commander Bravo in North Cotabato launched a series of attacks on local villages resulting in the death of 21 civilians and a further 2 military personnel murdered when their vehicle was ambushed outside the town of Barangay Bantor.

The first attack occurred at approx 04.00am local time with the ambush on the local vehicle, MILF rebels then moved through the village fo Barangay Bantor burning15 houses and killing 7 unarmed civilians. 35 members of the village were forcibly abducted and taken as hostages into the surrounding forest. 

At approx 04.30am the MILF attacked the town of Barangay Libertat, destroying up to homes and killing a further 14 civilians.

Violence began after a deal to expand the Muslim autonomous zone was blocked by the Philippines Supreme Court. Rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) occupied some 15 villages in the region triggering a retaliatory assault by the Philippine army involving heavy artillery and air support.
 (image by Jason Tanner)
Miguelito Maglangit, an MILF collaborator is detained just outside the town of Iligan, North of Cotabato in Mindanao, Philippines. He was identified by neighbours of leading the assault by members of the MILF rebels on the towns of Barangay Bantar and Libertat on 18th August 2008. If found guilty he will be executed by the military. Renegade members of the MILF reportedly under the leadership and direction of Commander Bravo in North Cotabato launched a series of attacks on local villages resulting in the death of 21 civilians and a further 2 military personnel murdered when their vehicle was ambushed outside the town of Barangay Bantor. The first attack occurred at approx 04.00am local time with the ambush on the local vehicle, MILF rebels then moved through the village fo Barangay Bantor burning15 houses and killing 7 unarmed civilians. 35 members of the village were forcibly abducted and taken as hostages into the surrounding forest. At approx 04.30am the MILF attacked the town of Barangay Libertat, destroying up to homes and killing a further 14 civilians. Violence began after a deal to expand the Muslim autonomous zone was blocked by the Philippines Supreme Court. Rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) occupied some 15 villages in the region triggering a retaliatory assault by the Philippine army involving heavy artillery and air support.
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