MANILA, Philippines — A radical commander of a new Muslim rebel
faction warned Wednesday of retaliation if his jungle-based forces in
the southern Philippines come under attack from government troops or his
former guerrilla group.
Ameril Umbra Kato said he ordered hundreds of his men in his
mountain stronghold in Maguindanao province to take defensive positions
after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ended Tuesday. Insurgents
traditionally refrain from engaging in hostilities and government troops
limit offensives during the fasting month.