AVOIDING MILF

Text Brigade with the Teachers

Thursday, October 20, 2011 (My third day in Tabuk, the other side of  Olutanga Island. I arrived here last October 18 for my 4-day round of masses in our 7 chapels. During the night, we stay in the houses of our chapel leaders.)

7 AM – received text from a parishioner from the opposite side of the island: “dre lalong lumalapit sa dagat ang mga putok ng baril. Ayon sa info, the MILF already asked for help sa mga kasama sa  Labatan. (N.B. Last Saturday, October 15, 2011 – A clash broke out between the combined police and military forces and around 50 fully armed MILF rebels around 2:45 p.m. at Sitio Talaib, Labatan Village, Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay province. This place is very near Olutanga Island, we could hear the exchange of gunshots and blasting. Since Labatan is just at the opposite side of the island, we decided to push through with our masses.)

9:30 AM – had my wedding mass in St. Francis Xavier Chapel – Tumalog.

11:30 AM – Lunch.

1:30 AM – Prepared for my mass at Mabuhay Agro-National High School. Suddenly, the barangay captain came and informed us that the mayor ordered that I, together with my escorts as well as the teachers, be pulled out immediately because many troops of MILF arrived in the next barrio (parang Cubao-Ortigas lang).  Naghahanda na rin ang mga ito for reinforcement sa MILF troops who were fighting in Sitio Talaib.

Mga Estudyante Bumati pa sa mga Teachers

We were cautioned not to pass by the next barrio since passing there is already “very risky and dangerous. Baka ma-hostage pa kayo kasama ang mga teachers.”

On the Way to Turco Pier

We did not waste any time. When all the teachers were ready, we also trooped to Turco, where a boat took us to Poblacion Mabuhay. Like a scene of a movie, we became so uneasy when at mid-sea, the boat suddenly stopped.  Despite the rising tension, I could not take my eyes off this child who innocently smiled at me.

The Smiling Child

4:03 PM – Thank God, a boat filled with cafgus assisted us (sigh of relief!). We reached the Poblacion safe and sound.  I could not forget this day. Thank you, St. Michael the Archangel! Thank you Lord for keeping me safe!

The Teachers -- sa Kabilang Bangka

We Arrived at the Poblacion Safely

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19 thoughts on “AVOIDING MILF

  1. ingat po kayop palagi pads! habang binabasa ko to kinakabahan ako! kala ko may kapupuntahan ang timeline haha!

    Thank God you’re all safe!

  2. Hi. father fiel. ill pray always for your safety during your journey around the isla. mession to spreed the world how God is Good for all of US. pero may takot din ako sa lahat not only for you . lahat nakatira sa naturang lugar(olutanga) lalo din sa pamilya ko. but one thing i always did. is Prayers can make life change………….Doble ingat father. hoping na magkaroon ng kapayapaan sa lugar natin at sa puso natin.

  3. Hi Padz, thank God! You’re all safe! Pero I am so curious about MILF… Anong motive nila para pasukin ang Island? Ang liit nga LNG ng Olutanga bkit dyn pa!

  4. Thank God po at all-safe kayo Father. Nasa prayers ko po ang inyong kaligtasan sa inyong pagtupad sa inyong misyon sa inyong mga parishioners. God Bless po!

    Gusto ko po pala ang picture ng ‘The Smiling Child’.

  5. Thank u father for sharing this,habang ngbbasa po ako nito prang andyan din ako,na fi feel ko ung tensyon,but to the smiling child it made smile also.Ingat po kayo dyan,sana maging maayos na lahat.God is with us…

  6. hello. i was fascinated with he experience.truly God is present. I would like to share this to my class in Catechetics since im discussing challenges in the third millennium most especially in our context. Hope u cud send me the same in my e-mail add: xionez_gut@yahoo.com.

    Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam…

    Anna of John XXIII Catechetical Center-Davao City

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