The Hunt for Al-Ghozi: An “Anti-Terror” Campaign that Terrorized Lanao?

In October 7-9, 2003, before the reported killing of Al-Ghozi, a “Bantay Ceasefire” field monitoring mission was conducted by the Mindanao People’s Caucus (MPC) along with local non-government organizations in areas in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. The mission looked into the pursuit operations against Al-Ghozi in relation to the July 19, 2003 GRP-MILF ceasefire, among others.

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Bantay Ceasefire Investigative Mission in Pikit, Cotabato and Pagalungan, Maguindanao

“Bantay Ceasefire 2” (an assessment of displaced communities) was held July 13-15 in fifteen villages in Pikit and Pagalungan. The assessments focused on the areas of security, human rights, education, livelihood and public health.There was special focus on assessing the impact of the declaration by Malacañang of Brgy. Inug-og, Pagalungan as a “sanctuary of peace” on 13 June 2003.

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