2 hurt in Pigcawayan firefight

Arianne Apatan and Noel Elvena, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 30 2018 05:25 PM

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato—Two people were wounded in a firefight between 2 armed groups here on Friday morning.

The wounded were identified as Ibrahim Samama, who allegedly escaped from the North Cotabato District Jail, and a certain Bruds.

They are affiliated with the Sampillo brothers' group, which was involved in the firefight against the group of a certain Commander Badrodin Mamalinta, also known as "Bads," of the 105th Base Command of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The Sampillo brothers are alleged drug lords with standing warrants for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, according to the military and police.

The clash was reportedly due to a "rido" or clan war, the military said.

The military has deployed soldiers from the 34th Infantry Battalion to the area to monitor the situation.

No locals were evacuated out of the area as of posting time.