Bombs and bullets rained on Moro communities outside Marawi

Two days after the declaration of martial law, on May 25, 2017, from 5:30am to 10pm, around 240 elements of the 39th and 72nd IBPA conducted a series of aerial bombings and fired at the Moro communities in sitios Pedtobawan, Campo, Apulan, and Centro Salat in Brgy. Salat, and in sitio Libpas in Brgy. Tuael, President Roxas, North Cotabato.

Aerial strikes were also reported in the barangays of Tangkulan, Anggaan, and Damulog in Bukidnon. These areas are at least 100 kilometers away from Marawi City. 105 howitzer cannons were mounted at Brgy. Kisupaan, Pres. Roxas, North Cotabato. More than 1,000 residents fled due to fear.

Community members spotted military choppers hovering in their area around 10am, and thereafter, around six (6) bombs were dropped. Soldiers also strafed the villagers’ houses from their MG20 helicopter and subsequently launched six (6) 105 cannons towards the community. Around 3 p.m., another four (4) bombs were dropped, another incident of strafing from its MG20 helicopter occurred and another six (6) 105 cannons were hurled at communities. At around 7pm, aerial strikes started all over again.

The bombings, as confirmed by Abdillah Makalang, barangay captain of Brgy. Salata, resulted to the death of Abdullah Mamansag, 34, farmer, Maguindanaoan and resident of the said village. Mamansag was hit by a shrapnel in his spine and his right leg was cut off after being hit by a cannon.

Two more Maguindanaoan residents of Brgy. Salata, Norhamin Taligapin, 25 and Dodong (not his real name), 14, were brought to the Amas Provincial Hospital after they were also hit by shrapnels in the stomach and chest.
In Brgy. Tuael, Pres. Roxas, N. Cotabato and Brgys. Tangkulan and Anggaan, Damulog, Bukidnon, 39th IBPA elements also went on a firing spree attacking homes of residents with 50 caliber machine guns.

Abdullah Mamansag was among the 46 victims of extrajudicial killings in Mindanao documented by Karapatan during the one-year implementation of Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao. The other community members who survived from the shooting were among the 112 victims of frustrated extrajudicial killings in the same period. Residents in the area are among the 336,123 victims of indiscriminate gunfire and aerial bombings.

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