Hundreds of residents left their homes as the death toll rose to 14 in a clash between a Filipino-Muslim group and a powerful Filipino-Muslim political family, days after they met to iron out a disagreement over a road project and fishing rights on a community lake in the southern Philippines, sources said.
Fourteen were killed in Tenok village, Maguindanao, as Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and followers of Esmael Mangudadatu, governor of Maguindanao clashed after they failed to implement an agreement they had forged in Davao City, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr. told theStar.
In response, the MILF revived the newly-established MILF Task Force Tenok; Mangudadatu recalled a reconciliation committee. Members of these two parties had met in Davao City two weeks ago, to iron out their differences on the ongoing development in Tenok, MILF's Eid Kabalu told theStar.
The aim of the two parties is to reconcile MILF commander Tauting Salendab and the Mangudadatu family, Kabalo said.