COTABATO CITY: A 16-year-old civilian named Saat Manadal of Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao is still fighting for his life days after he was hit by stray bullets at the height of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) and police encounter on Sunday.
Manadal underwent surgical operation Thursday to remove bullets form his chest and remained at the intensive care unit of the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC).
Manadal’s sibling told DXMS Radyo Bida that they were fleeing early Sunday morning but his mother directed his brother to return to Tukanalipao to save the family owned carabao.
As he was trying to save the carabao, he was hit by stray bullet on his chest. The bullet was extracted Thursday.
Badruddin Langalan, 21, was killed when hit by stray bullets during the fire fight. His wife, Sarah, 19, recalled he went to Tukanalipao to charge his mobile phone but did not return since.
On Monday, she learned that he died and was buried. His remains were recovered with his hands hogtied.
Meanwhile, about 1,324 families or about 7,000 individuals remained in evacuation centers in Mamasapano town center.
Displaced families have received aid from government relief agencies.
About 300 police special action force members swooped down a terrorist’s lair in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano early Sunday to get Malaysian bombing experts Zulkifli Bin Hir alias “Marwan” and his Filipino cohort Abdul Basit Usman.
Police officials have confirmed Marwan was killed and his hand, some reports say finger, was cut for DNA tests. Usman managed to escape although wounded.
The fighting which lasted for eight hours left 44 SAF members, 11 MILF, five BIFF and a civilian. PNA