Wounded MILF 'Child Warrior' in Government Custody

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Wounded MILF 'Child Warrior' in Government Custody


MAITUM, Sarangani - An armed alleged "child warrior" of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), wounded and captured in a recent firefight, has been taken into custody by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), a military officer said.

"The boy is recuperating and has been turned over to the PSWDO for proper care," said Lt. Col. Ferdinand Budeng, commander of the 28th Infantry Battalion (IB) based in Maitum.

"The capture of the child warrior belies the claim of the MILF that they are not using children in combat operations," Budeng said.

He said the 16-year-old MILF combatant, whose name was withheld, was captured when 28th IB troops under 1st Lt. Roberto Maduli overran late last month an MILF 105th base command outpost at Sitio Kadapukan in Barangay Tuanadatu here.

He said the boy, who was wounded in his right thigh, was armed with a caliber 45 pistol with two magazines and 14 rounds of ammunition.

The "child warrior" was immediately brought to the Maitum Emergency Hospital for initial treatment.

The boy was later transferred to a hospital in General Santos City for further treatment.

While in General Santos City, he was under the care of the PSWDO and given medical assistance up to his discharge with counseling for him and his family.

However, his rehabilitation after treatment is still under study by the PSWDO. …

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