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'Sightings’ of MILF rebels haunt Lanao Norte

August 22, 2008 2:07am

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Rumored sightings of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels haunt Lanao del Norte and Iligan City.

The sightings even threaten Lanao del Norte's Mindanao Civic Center complex (MCC) in Sagadan village in Tubod, the province’s capital.

Media workers billeted at the MCC Hotel Wednesday after a day's coverage in several evacuation centers in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte were informed by a man claiming to be a member of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (Pacer) about the reported sighting of MILF just two kilometers away from the hotel.

The police officer then briefed the journalists as well as other hotel guests on what to do in case the rebels attack the complex.

Journalists as well as other hotel guests and employees got assurance that they were safe, and that soldiers from the 35th Infantry Battalion constantly patrol the vicinity.

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of Iligan City residents were in panic following rumors that MILF prepared to attack the city. - Sun.Star Davao

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