ZAMBOANGA - A member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was killed in an encounter with government forces in Basilan Tuesday dawn, the military said.
Capt. Roy Vincent Trinidad, chief of staff of Joint Task Force ZamBaSulTa (Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-tawi), said soldiers were conducting an operation against the Abu Sayyaf Group in Masola, Isabela City when they were attacked by several armed men.
The troops fought back and held on to their defensive position until the enemies withdrew.
In the morning, they found the body of an MNLF member near the area of the enemies' position.
According to Trinidad, 104th Brigade commander Col. Rolly Bautista coordinated with the chairman of Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities, Brig. Gen. Carlito Galvez, to inform the MNLF about the incident.
The MNLF signed a peace agreement with the government of the Philippines in 1996, paving the way for the creation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).