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    *51 months after the Maguindanao Massacre: Grave site complex will turn into economic zone for banana export , one more suspect arrested

    *By: Ferdinandh Cabrera
    March 22,2014

    Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao--- A day before the 51st month of Maguindanao massacre, another suspect with a bounty of 250,000 pesos was arrested by joint police and army operation in this town.

    Around 5:45 in the morning today, troops from 45th Infatry Battalion, 1st Mechanized brigade, Maguindanao police and Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of ARMM swooped into hiding place of Kominie Inggo, one of the suspects of Maguindanao massacre in Barangay Sapakan, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

    He was caught without a single fire shot, though he is armed he has no time to resist when immediately surrounded by government operatives , a warrant of arrest was shown to him.

    While operatives were searching in his house, An M-14 riffle with one clip of ammunitions was found. During the inquest proceedings, he admitted he was the man in the picture from the rouge’s list of Massacre suspects.

    CIDG personnel brought him immediately to Cotabato City for the proper filing of case.

    But aside from law enforcements, anniversary commemorations, another turn of events will change the landscape from the freedom landmark of the grave site.

    A -15 hectare of cavandish banana plantation is soon to rise in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman surrounding, the place which is only used to be known on gruesome Maguindanao massacre has now turn into an agri-economic zone.

    The eerie of sorroundings will still be the same, but not anymore on a barren land, instead a greener and more active economic activities will happen after a promising multi-million investment poured by Malaysian investors.

    On Friday, a memorandum of agreement was signed in behalf of the land owners,municipal government of Ampatuan, provincial government of Maguindanao, Malaysia’s Univex and its local counterpart Al Mujahidun Agro Resources Development Inc. (ARMADI).

    This was also served as the launching of the project which planting is expected to start on rainy season of July.

    “ As a primary victim myself and now serving as the province as their governor, we wanted the people to remember that we have no desire for bloody revenge but we are transforming the nightmare from that place into a worthy to be remembered uplifting the lives of the neglected poor residents of Moro and indigenous inhabitants from that place”, according to Governor Esmael Mangudadatu who was the guest speaker of the launching.

    Mayor Rasul Sangki Jr., the town mayor and a star witness of the massacre said the coming of the project will surely change the image of their town, majority of the lands that will be covered by the banana plantations are owned by the Sangki clan.

    Investors Gonzalo Ordenana and Michael Coote, representing Malaysia’s UNIVEX, signed an enabling memorandum of agreement (MoA) with local counterparts Ed Balliser and Abdulwahid Sumaoang of the Al Mujahidun Agro Resources Development Inc. (ARMADI).

    “Our investors are Muslims too and they are generous that they decided to invest here, to bring hope to people, around 2000 new jobs are coming”, Ornadena said.

    A Halal banana processing plant, a Science and Technology school for Halal, a hospital, a huge warehouse and playground, a big mosque and other facilities are set to be built to describe the place as Muslim economic hub.

    The investors would initially open 6,000 hectares of the project target coverage with a capital of US$2,800.00 per hectare, and offered priority employment preference for members of families owning the lands, the governor said.

    Makmod Mending Jr., secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries who witnessed the signing rite, describing the joint-venture as an “added boost” to the government’s P2.4-billion agricultural projects lined up for the region this year.

    He learned that some of the project-covered lands are owned by families of combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    He said, the venture is complementing government’s efforts in mainstreaming members of the MILF, whose leadership is set to sign with the Aquino administration their final compact agreement on Bangsamoro ICAB) in Manila on March 27.
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