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In the News (Sun 27 May 18)

  Sun.Star Network Online - Pikit offensive over in 2 days: Reyes
Reyes visited Pikit, Friday and led the flag raising ceremony in Kabalasan Complex in Pikit, North Cotabato, a stronghold base of the MILF taken over by the military Thursday.
In Thursday, the Provincial Board of North Cotabato also declared the entire province under the state of calamity due to the El Niño phenomenon and the man-made calamity brought about by the ongoing skirmishes between the Army and the MILF.
Malacañang Friday warned members of the MILF to refrain from blocking the forces of the government who are pursuing lawless elements and reclaiming the Bulliok Complex in North Cotabato.
www.sunstar.com.ph /static/net/2003/02/15/pikit.offensive.over.in.2.days.reyes.html   (1295 words)

  Bantay Ceasefire Investigative Mission in Pikit, Cotabato and Pagalungan, Maguindanao   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The mission was conducted while large parts of Pikit and Pagalungan were still underwater from rainy season flash floods in the first week of July.
Five months after the February assault in Buliok, the municipalities of Pikit, Pagalungan and even the adjacent municipality of Pagalungan remain highly militarized: two Marine brigades and the army's 40th Infantry Battalion and the MILF's 105th Base Command while local government units are recruiting paramilitaries.
The presence of troops render meaningless the March 4, 2003 declaration by the Cabinet of 15 barangays in Pikit as "zones of peace", and the well-publicized June 13, 2003 declaration by the President of Brgy.
www.iidnet.org /adv/mda/ceasefire2.htm   (605 words)

 Pikit, Cotabato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pikit is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines.
The so-called Pikit war between Muslim separatists and the Philippines army took place there in early 2003.
According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 68,455 people in 13,081 households.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pikit,_Cotabato   (76 words)

 Gov blocks total troop withdrawal in Cotabato - Mar. 02, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
PIKIT, North Cotabato -- The continued presence of the military inside Buliok Complex here remained an open question after recent conflicting reports issued by top government officials themselves regarding the pullout of Marines from this former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stronghold.
But North Cotabato Governor Emmanuel Piñol said while the military stays in the Cotabato side of Buliok Complex, they will be gradually forced to vacate the Pagalungan, Maguindanao side.
Buliok is being shared by Pagalungan and Pikit and is thinly divided by the Pulangi River.
www.inq7.net /reg/2004/mar/02/reg_4-1.htm   (447 words)

PIKIT, North Cotabato - The Army says they are running against lawless elements involved in kidnapping, bombing and terror- ism, but the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) believes otherwise, saying that the Front is the actual target of the soldiers.
The latest that they did was a big rally at the Cotabato City Plaza in December last year, protesting the plan to build the Pulangi Dam in Pulangi River, a major tributary of the Rio Grande de Mindanao, the historic biggest and longest river on the island.
Kader revealed that evacuees are not confined to Pikit but are spread among various areas of ARMM and number 51, 104 persons as of February 16, 2003.
www.yonip.com /main/articles/peace_assessment_mission.html   (3338 words)

 LANDMINE EXPLOSION PRECEDES GMA IN COTABATO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Pikit, North Cotabato, April 23, 2003 (Star) -- Four Marines were wounded when a landmine believed planted by secessionist rebels exploded inside the Buliok complex, a former rebel base in Pikit, North Cotabato at around 10:30 a.m.
The evacuees also asked the President to declare the area as a zone of peace, which Arroyo granted, and informed her of their concerns that as long as the AFP remains, there is still a strong possibility of encounters.
Before her visit to Pikit, Arroyo attended the commencement exercises at the Mindanao State University in Davao City where she assured residents that law enforcement authorities would not stop until the masterminds behind the Sasa wharf and Davao airport bombings are brought to justice.
www.newsflash.org /2003/04/pe/pe002576.htm   (352 words)

 Unexploded bombs threaten safety of Pikit - Mar. 19, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
COTABATO CITY -- The greatest fear of families displaced by recent armed conflicts in Pikit, North Cotabato has come true.
Bert Layson, OMI, parish priest of Pikit, said the incident should compel both the government and the rebels to immediately clear the areas so that civilians would be safe.
Pikit is under the jurisdiction of the 1st Marine Brigade.
www.inq7.net /reg/2004/mar/19/reg_3-1.htm   (371 words)

 Save the Peace in Pikit! Peace in Mindanao Now!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Back then, tens of thousands of refugees had deluged the Pikit town center, filling the parish gym and the central elementary school, living side by side with their farm animals, creating almost impossible demands for food and hygiene.
The army said they were there to protect the civilians, but the civilians had fled to avoid the fighting they were sure from experience would begin.
The 2000 war was a destructive war whose effects last until now- there are still evacuees unable to return to their old communities, children traumatized by loud sounds and men in uniform carrying guns, mixed Moro-Christian communities broken apart.
www.iidnet.org /adv/mda/pikit-crisis.htm   (607 words)

Cotabato City, March 13, 2003 -- Military aircraft dropped 500-pound bombs on Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and pounded them with howitzers, killing 68 more guerrillas trying to retake their former enclave in Pikit, North Cotabato yesterday.
The 60-hectare complex in Pikit fell into government control last Feb. 13 after two weeks of heavy bombardment and ground offensive operations that left nearly 200 rebels dead and scores wounded.
Abaya said the occupation by the military of Buliok complex led to the discovery of documents that revealed the MILF were recruiting and training recruits for ambuscades, bombing and assassination techniques.
www.newsflash.org /2003/03/hl/hl017621.htm   (718 words)

 Irrawaddy.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The village chiefs believe they have a greater chance of being "left alone" by MILF forces if the rebels know that residents are armed and capable of defending their families, Soliman said.
Men from Pikit’s neighboring barangays either make their own guns or join vigilante groups allegedly financed by a high-ranking local official.
Pikit’s parish priest, Father Roberto Layson, says the situation is reminiscent of Mindanao during the 1960s and 1970s, when many civilians procured guns after war broke out between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front, the organization from which MILF split in 1977.
www.irrawaddy.org /aviewer.asp?a=3044&print=yes&c=e   (895 words)

 1 die, 14 wounded in Cotabato grenade attack - INQ7.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
PIKIT, North Cotabato — One person was killed while 14 others were hurt when two unidentified men on board a motorcycle lobbed two fragmentation grenades at a billiard hall here on Friday.
Pikit police chief investigator SPO4 Rudy Milagrosa said the twin explosions occurred at 2:25 p.m.
Buka Limpangan, Joven Lumagca, John and Norma Buscato, all residents of Poblacion Pikit.
beta.inq7.net /regions/index.php?index=1&story_id=61650   (331 words)

 News Summaries on Selected Topics,
The Buliok complex is a vast, marshy area straddling the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao, which the military said it captured late last week in a major offensive involving thousands of soldiers and Marines.
As of Wednesday, as much as 20 percent of the Pikit evacuees were children in the formative years, ranging from newly born infants to 6-year-olds, she said.
The campaign to overrun the complex, an MILF village near Pikit town that the military alleged to be a Pentagon gang sanctuary, resumed at 6 p.m.
www.philsol.nl /news/03/Minda01-feb03.htm   (2524 words)

 Mindanao, Philippines - Reflections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The author is the Catholic parish priest of the predominantly Muslim town of Pikit, North Cotabato province.
I have been in Pikit for five years and have experienced four major armed confrontations between government troops and the MILF forces.
With all the interim agreements, we were made to believe that both the government and the MILF were sincere in pursuing the path to peace and have decided to solve their problems at the negotiating table, not in the battlefields.
www.mcc.org /themes/mindanao/reflections.html   (707 words)

 Roundup - INQ7.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
COTABATO CITY-A policeman was killed on March 1 when he tried to grab the firearm of one of seven men who were divesting bus passengers of their money and other valuables in Pikit, North Cotabato.
Pikit police chief Andaman Dicay identified the lawman as PO1 Rey Achilar of the President Roxas town police, also in North Cotabato.
COTABATO CITY-The percentage of live birth registration remains low in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, officials of the National Statistics Office said.
news.inq7.net /regions/index.php?index=1&story_id=68455   (644 words)

 Senators Profile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Pendatun offered from 6,000 to 10,000 Filpino officers and men composed of the reserve officers of the Legion of the Philippines, of which he was the adviser and spokesman, and veterans who served under him in the guerilla army during the Japanese occfupation, to serve in beleaguered South Vietnam.
General Pendatun was a descendant of Sharif Kubungsuan, son of the Sultan of Jahor, Malaya and the first ruler of the Empire Province of Cotabato with the title of Sultan as Maguindanao.
He completed his elementary and high school education in Cotabato, obtained his Associate in arts degree in 1934 and Bachelor of Laws degree in 1938, both from the University of the Philippines, and passed the bar examination also in 1938.
www.senate.gov.ph /senators/former_senators/salipada_pendatun.htm   (474 words)

 PIA News Releases
PIKIT, Cotabato (22 Jan) -- Farm yields have tripled since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Japanese deputy chief of mission Akeo Egawa inaugurated the newly-completed the 4.8-billion yen Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project, also known as Mal-Mar Irrigation Project in Gucotan, Pikit, Cotabato and Kilangan in Pagalungan, Maguindanao on November 19, 2003.
The project, which the President dubbed as "a showcase for peace and development in Central Mindanao," is designed to 10,840 hectares of farmland, approximately half the size of the entire Camiguin Island or the entire Batanes Island, in the towns of Pikit, and Carmen, Cotabato and Pagalungan and Pagagawan towns in Maguindanao.
The diversion dam was inaugurated in September 2001 by President Arroyo in Carmen, North Cotabato.
www.pia.gov.ph /news.asp?fi=p040122.htm&no=10   (514 words)

Pikit is located 78 kilometers north of this city.
Responding elements of the Army's 40th Infantry Battalion engaged the rebels in a four-hour running gun battle, killing four of them and wounding six others while four combatants of the 40th IB were slightly wounded in the skirmishes.
The bloody incidents in Columbio and Pikit towns were preceded by the MILF's attack on Barangay Itao in South Upi, Maguindanao where they killed a villager, a certain Ted Mangula, and wounded two militiamen, identified as Gerry Compeza and Ignacio Diwan.
afp-cmo.tripod.com /articles-1999/2000-12-01-11-dead.html   (517 words)

 UP FORUM Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
In an unhappy reunion of sorts, people from Pikit were reunited with refugees they met and broke fast with three years earlier.
Pikit, Cotabato was declared by government a peace zone a few days after it dispersed the MILF in its Buliok camp along Pulangi river.
The government-declared Pikit peace zone has subverted the very essence of peace zones as community-based initiatives and as no-arms zones since government forces remain stationed in the area.
www.up.edu.ph /forum/2003/Mar03/pulitika.html   (1666 words)

 A Call to Defend Life
We found out in conversations with government soldiers in Camp Abubakar in Matanog, Maguindanao and in Barangay Rajamuda in Pikit, North Cotabato, that they long to go home, to have a nice warm bath, they long for good and tasty food, they long to see their loved ones.
The fact-finding mission was prompted mainly by the “combat coverage” of the conflict by many journalists, mostly from national and international outfits that failed to focus on the “people aspect” and the root causes of the war.
It was also in answer to a challenge posed by Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato to the journalists to present Mindanao in correct and factual perspective.
www.ccjd.org /articles/call.html   (1296 words)

 Socsargen Region News - PIA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
COTABATO CITY (25 Nov.) -- The Rural Bank of Cotabato (RBC) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines - Microenterprise Access to Banking Services (RBAP-MABS).
Cotabato City (7 Nov.) -- Deputy Presidential Assistant for Mindanao V. Ley Leyretana yesterday warned the public of an impostor using the Office of the President.
COTABATO CITY (23 Oct.) -- A Malacañang official has on called on resident not to raise fears or be jittery following media reports about the bio-chemical materials allegedly recovered by the authorities from the Jamaah Islamiya (JI) safe house along Don E. Sero street here over the weekend.
www.pia.gov.ph /regions.asp?regnum=12   (374 words)

 G.R. No. L-31501   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
During the hearing the Comelec examined, in the presence of the counsel for both parties, the copies for the Provincial Treasurer of the election returns for the 23 precincts of Nuling and 15 precincts of Pikit which were questioned by Sinsuat as having been tampered with.
15 of Pikit, Cotabato among those to be used by the Board of Canvassers in the recanvass, and the opposition of LP candidate SALIPADA K. PENDATUN in his Memorandum dated January 12, 1979, the Commission RESOLVED to deny the Motion for lack of merit.
The 22 election returns now in question are the copies of the election returns corresponding to the Provincial Treasurer of Cotabato, which the latter official submitted to the Board to be used in the canvass.
www.lawphil.net /judjuris/juri1970/jun1970/gr_31501_1970.html   (12767 words)

 In the News
The leadership of both the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Department of National Defense (DND) were at first categorical that the intensified military operation launched on February 11 was after a small band of the kidnap-for-ransom Pentagon Group taking refuge in MILF camps.
Later, they declared that MILF Chairman Hashim Salamat was in Pikit, North Cotabato leading in the massing up of MILF forces.
Since then, the war in Pikit, North Cotabato have expanded to pocket battles in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, including terrorist bombings as far as Davao City and South Cotabato.
www.ipd.ph /features/july_2003/changing_logic.html   (1659 words)

COTABATO CITY - A board member in Maguindanao province survived an armed attack on his house by suspected Muslim Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels, an Army official reported Thursday.
Earlier on the same day in Pikit town, Col. Isagani Cachuela, Army's 602nd Infantry Brigade commander, said wounded Cpl. Juanito Estoque of the 40th Infantry Battalion was conducting a routine foot patrol with other soldiers around 7:30 p.m.
Buliok complex is situated inside the 220,000 hectare Liguasan Marsh in the borders of Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces, was MILF's former lair that fell in the hands of government after February 11 war in Central Mindanao.
www.rantburg.com /poparticle.php?ID=21257&D=2003-11-14&HC=1   (495 words)

 A Call to Defend Life
In Barangay Rajamuda, in Pikit, North Cotabato, the community school was virtually turned into a military barracks while some houses became the soldiers' sleeping quarters.
The community mosque bore bullet holes while a large portion of the wall was ripped off due to a bomb explosion nearby.
In Sitio Kilabao, in Carmen, North Cotabato, the war prevented the farmers from tilling their lands, and eventually harvesting crops.
www.philsol.nl /A00b/Minjourn-Free-jul00.htm   (1205 words)

 ABS-CBN Interactive
Roberto Layson, OMI, of Pikit, North Cotabato, Mayor Ramon Piang Jr.
Religious leaders become builders of thick walls rather than builders of bridges of reconciliation as they "tend to protect their own doctrines, dogmas, religious communities." Since he was assigned in Pikit in 1997, Father Layson has experienced five wars.
Pikit became a place of "constant war, sporadic peace." Initially, his parishioners didn’t quite understand why they, as Christians, should be reaching out to Muslims and indigenous peoples.
www.abs-cbnnews.com /storypage.aspx?StoryId=12058   (1485 words)

February 14) here in Pikit, and the women and the elderly evacuees, the common response to the question on why they fled their villages is: "Because the soldiers came.”
It was Marcos who organized the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA) to spearhead, among others, a study on the potentials of the marsh that covers four provinces in Mindanao.
Late last year, the groups staged a rally at the Cotabato City Plaza, protesting the plan to build the Pulangi Dam in Pulangi river, a major tributary of the Rio Grande de Mindanao, the longest river in Mindanao.
www.bulatlat.com /news/3-3/3-3-whatwarfor.html   (1278 words)

 Sun.Star Davao - Moro women slam gov't stance on MILF in Pikit
The Khadidja assailed the government for promising to draft a peace agreement with the MILF while continuing the conduct of military offensives in Cotabato, which the group says has already devastated the lives of thousands of MOro people.
Presently, a reported 24,742 people from nine barangays in Pikit and one barangay in Pagalungan, Maguindanao have been displaced and housed in evacuation centers in Pikit town since last Tuesday's fighting in North Cotabato.
They said they refuse to agree with the government in its apparent support to the US in their aggression to Iraq, because such act means that Filipinos are signing our own death warrant.
www.sunstar.com.ph /static/dav/2003/02/14/news/moro.women.slam.gov.t.stance.on.milf.in.pikit.html   (297 words)

 gem winner
One example of the dynamic impact of the MGP on the community can be found at the Pikit Central Elementary School, located in the municipality of Pikit, North Cotabato, Mindanao, an area that has been the scene of intermittent armed conflict since 2000.
Even as teachers, parents, and others in the Pikit community worked hard to complete the library project, several additional education support activities have been initiated.
Also, PTCAs in nearby towns which witnessed the success of the library project in Pikit have been inspired to initiate similar projects of their own.
www.bergerphilippines.com /gem_winner01.htm   (395 words)

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