Jonathan Barat scans the hillsides near Bentangan, southern Philippines for potential intruders.  Barat is one of four CVO militiamen who provide daily security for farmers when they work in their fields.  Although Bentangan’s predominantly Arumanen Manuvu residents once enjoyed harmonious relationships with their Muslim neighbors, the 2000 war against the MILF aggravated tensions along ethnic and religious lines, and eventually led to an influx of arms in the area.

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