[In the news] Bumbaran villagers flee, seek refuge in Talakag – MindaNews.com

Bumbaran villagers flee, seek refuge in Talakag
By Walter I. Balane
January 23, 2012

 MALAYBALAY CITY -An estimated 100 persons fled sitios Kahayagan and Katipunan in Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur due to clashes between armed groups of alleged bandits and farmers in the area, Nestor Macapayag, mayor of neighboring town Talakag, Bukidnon told MindaNews Sunday noon.

Macapayag said residents sought refuge in Sitio Tigason, Barangay Dominorog, in his Talakag town following the firefight between the armed groups at around 9 a.m. on Friday morning.

He said Jojo Pesigan, a member of the farmers’ group, was killed.

Bumbaran is a town bordering Talakag, Bukidnon.

Maj. Duphar Chris Cuaresma, chief of police of Talakag town reported in an SMS to Col. Rustom Duran, Bukidnon police director that a certain Mama Orak, allegedly a bandit, led some 40 armed Maranaos in the clash with armed settler-families.

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