Hundreds of residents from Aleosan and Pikit in North Cotabato fled their homes on Monday (August 20, 2012) due to the reported presence of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). They feared getting caught in the crossfire should clashes erupt between the BIFF and government forces. Most of the evacuees are now staying at the evacuation centers in Pikit.
Fr. Peter Geremia, PIME, remains hopeful that justice for Fr. Fausto "Pops" Tentorio will be achieved despite the struggle to build up the case against paramilitary members suspected of killing his colleague. Geremia stressed that his quest for justice is not just for his fellow missionary but also for the other victims of extra-judicial killings.