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MILF Sabotage Blamed for Mindanao Blackout

Suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas blew up a power transmission line and toppled at least five power pylons in Lanao del Norte late Wednesday, leaving about 18 million people in Mindanao in darkness. Electricity was restored yesterday morning as the government power utility firms fired up emergency generating stations. Military Southern Command (Southcom) spokesman Lt. Col. Daniel Lucero said Muslim rebels used mortars and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) in toppling the transmission pylons of the Abaga substation in Baloi town around 11:25 p.m. “Rounds of mortar were fired and the nerve line was hit, sending the whole Mindanao in total darkness,” Lucero said. No casualties were reported in the attacks, which blacked out the key Min-danao cities of Davao, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Butuan and Malaybalay, said Max Adiong, operations chief for Mindanao of state-run National Power Corp. (Napocor). Iligan — a city of about 300,000 people — was not affected, but Adiong said 90 percent of Mindanao was without electricity for most of the night. Full Story

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