About 300 gunmen of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, known as BIFF, attacked the Pigcawayan village of Malagakit, resulting in the displacement of hundreds of residents.
The Philippine government on Tuesday started the Catholic church-backed process of decommissioning members of the country's largest Muslim rebel group.
The process was bringing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front a step closer to its goal of self-determination, after more than four decades of fighting. But the effort still must contend with Christians who are anxious about a proposed law that would create a self-governing region in the country's Muslim-majority south.
Recently inducted to the College of Cardinals, Orlando Quevedo is likened to Pope Francis in the way he leads by example and keeps close to the people. He also has a long history of fighting oppression and abuses during periods of conflict in the Philippines.
Some Catholics in Cotabato are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the recently signed preliminary agreement between the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group.
While welcoming the end of fighting that has claimed more than 120,000 lives and displaced millions more over 40 years, Christians in the region are awaiting details of the deal and said they want an explanation about what the future holds for them.