(Manila Bulletin) – The military’s Western Mindanao Command (WMC) leadership expressed regret over the deaths of two children in an operation against the Abu Sayyaf in Tabuan Lasa town in Basilan and would want utmost prudence by its combat troops in running after the bandits. Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., WMC commander said collateral damage among civilians are usually inevitable in armed skirmishes but children casualties are something that they do not want to have. “I feel very bad until now. I am really very sorry over the two. They were caught in the crossfire,” Galvez said. He said the military operation was meant to capture Mubin Kulin alias Mulawin, who has been indicted before a trial court for his alleged involvement in several kidnapping incidents.