Two people were killed, while two went missing in three separate incidents during heavy military operations in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.
Floods worsened in Davao region and Caraga region (Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley) since this weekend following days of continuous rains.
By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
Far from a counter-insurgency operation, the massive militarization and dislocation of communities in Surigao del Sur and the Caraga region had more to do with protecting business interests, primarily mining and energy investments. Although there is nothing particularly new in all this, the Arroyo regime had actually taken the extra step to ensure that the military would act as veritable security guards of these companies.