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IN ZAMBO CITY: MNLF STRONGLY OPPOSES BBL IN OIC INTERNATIONAL MEETING

APRIL 20 --The Organization of Islamic Cooperation convenes for a meeting in Davao City on Monday, April 20, 2015. On Sunday, April 19, 2015, the international group's secretary general held an extensive meeting with representatives from the Philippine government, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front. OPAPP ZAMBOANGA CITY, The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) strongly rejected the call of support to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in an international meeting, an MNLF official said. The two-day meeting by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Iyad bin Ameen Madani ended without resolution after the MNLF's open opposition to the peace process on Saturday in Davao City. MNLF's Islamic Command Council chairperson Habib Jujahab Hashim said Madani witnessed first hand the complicated issues that surround the the proposed law, stemming from the government peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a breakaway group of the MNLF. Present at the meeting were 10 MILF panelists led by chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal and representatives from the MNLF's three factions. MNLF founder Nur Misuari's group was represented by Zain Jali who is the head of the Bangsamoro Parliament and Ustadz Murshi Ibrahim, Hashim, and Muslimin Sema along with 200 MNLF leaders and commanders. READ MORE...

ALSO IN DAVAO CITY OIC chief tells MNLF rebel leaders: Unite for peace


APRIL 20 --President Benigno Aquino 3rd with Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary-General Iyad bin Ameen Madani. MALACAÑANG PHOTO
DAVAO CITY: A top-level delegation from the influential Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to set aside their differences and support the peace process. OIC Secretary-General Iyad bin Ameen Madani arrived in the country last Thursday and met with key officials of the Philippine government before flying here to preside over the Bangsamoro Coordinating Forum (BCF), where he separately met with leaders of the MNLF and MILF. The MNLF enjoys observer status in the OIC. The BCF is an OIC-sponsored body that was formed in 2014 to harmonize and settle differences between the MILF and the MNLF. The OIC played a key role in the forging of the Tripoli Agreement and the 1996 peace agreement between the Philippine government and the MNLF. It had expressed its full support to the peace process with the MILF. Madani is in the country to rally support for the peace agreement between the Manila and the MILF. His visit is the first to be made by an OIC secretary-general to Mindanao. Madani on Monday called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd in Malacanang where he expressed full support and commitment to full fruition of the peace process. READ MORE...

ALSO: BIFF men attack PNP, Army posts in Maguindanao


APRIL 20 ---Map points to Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao where suspected members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked the office of the 43rd Special Action Company on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The BIFF is a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Google Earth
MANILA, Philippines (Updated from 9:54 a.m. version) — Suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) pounded with shoulder-fire grenades and 60-millimeter mortars police and Army detachments in a series of attacks late Sunday in the district of Maguindanao. BIFF members first attacked the office of the 43rd Special Action Company with 40-millimeter explosive projectiles around 6:30 p.m. in Shariff Aguak, only a few meters away from the provincial police office, the Datu Akilan Ampatuan Camp. BIFF members crawled near the SAF encampment and fired the explosives using Vietnam War vintage M79 single shot launchers. Policemen engaged the gunmen into a firefight after the explosion, reports added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Suspected NPA communist rebels hurt 2 in roadside bombing


APRIL 20 ---Makilala town in North Cotabato. Google Maps
NORTH COTABATO, Philippines — Communist rebels on Monday detonated a roadside bomb, injuring two passerby in Barangay San Vicente in Makilala, North Cotabato. The victims, Antonio Jalamodia and Anisali Tapia, were immediately rushed to a hospital by responding policemen and barangay officials. Jalamodia was riding a motorcycle en route to the town proper when the bomb, fashioned from an explosive projectile packed with jagged metal fragments, went off. Tapia, who was standing near the spot where the roadside bomb was planted, also sustained shrapnel wounds in different parts of his body. PO2 Ritchie Gesulga, community relations operative of the Makilala municipal police, said investigators are still trying to determine the exact identities of the gunmen that perpetrated the roadside bombing. Barangay San Vicente in northeast of Makilala is near hinterlands that are known bastions of the New People's Army. Gesulga said there are indications that the NPA was behind the attack. READ MORE...

ALSO: Int’l humanitarian law violation eyed vs MILF; De Lima looking for additional liability of suspects in Mamasapano 'murders'


APRIL 24 ---Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. DOJ/file
- The recommendation to file criminal charges against the 90 Muslim rebels involved in the Mamasapano killing has been deferred in order to look for additional liability of the suspects under international law, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday. “I asked the team to reexamine the applicability of the IHL and determine if there could be possible offenses under the IHL for the crimes committed,” De Lima said, referring to International Humanitarian Law. De Lima said she has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s special fact-finding team to reconsider their findings on the criminal liability of Moro rebels and private armies in the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) policemen in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. The DOJ team has recommended the filing of direct assault with murder and theft against 90 gunmen of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and armed civilians. In their 225-page report, the probe team did not recommend any charge for violation of Republic Act No. 9851, or the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity. READ MORE...

ALSO: AFP clueless on Usman, BIFF attendance at Kato’s funeral


APRIL 23 --Marwan's protégé bomb expert Abdul Basit Usman sighted in funeral of BIFF leader Ustadz Ameril Umbra Kato 
Despite ongoing operations to neutralize him, wanted bomb expert Basit Usman, along with leaders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, managed to attend the burial of Ustadz Ameril Umbra Kato, the founding leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), more than a week ago in Maguindanao. Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said that the military intelligence received information that Usman was sighted at the burial of Kato. “He attended the burial of Ameril Umbra Kato. He is still in the area of Central Mindanao,” said Kakilala at a press briefing yesterday. READ MORE...

ALSO: MILF disputes DOJ report's conclusions on the Mamasapano clash


APRIL 24 ---(MILF) vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar 
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar on Thursday contested the findings of a Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Mamasapano clash, especially the conclusion that some members of the MILF committed murder.
“Unang, una po, hindi po sinadyang patayin ng mga combatants ng Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (or BIAF, the MILF's armed wing) ang mga SAF-PNP (Special Action Force-Philippine National Police) na napaslang sa engkwentro sa Barangay Tukanalipao sa Mamasapano,” Jaafar explained during an interview on GMA News TV's “Quick Response Team”. “Sapagkat ang nangyari po dun ay pumasok ang SAF-PNP to carry out a police action, pero hindi po ito na-coordinate sa ceasefire committees ng MILF at GPH na siyang nararapat, sapagkat ito ang sinasabi doon sa provisions sa ceasefire agreement,” he added. The MILF, in its own report on the Mamasapano clash, had concluded that the SAF violated the ceasefire agreement by not coordinating properly before the police operation was carried out. READ MORE...


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MNLF opposes BBL in OIC international meeting


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation convenes for a meeting in Davao City on Monday, April 20, 2015. On Sunday, April 19, 2015, the international group's secretary general held an extensive meeting with representatives from the Philippine government, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front. OPAPP

ZAMBOANGA CITY, APRIL 27, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Roel Pareño - The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) strongly rejected the call of support to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in an international meeting, an MNLF official said.

The two-day meeting by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Iyad bin Ameen Madani ended without resolution after the MNLF's open opposition to the peace process on Saturday in Davao City.

MNLF's Islamic Command Council chairperson Habib Jujahab Hashim said Madani witnessed first hand the complicated issues that surround the the proposed law, stemming from the government peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a breakaway group of the MNLF.

Present at the meeting were 10 MILF panelists led by chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal and representatives from the MNLF's three factions. MNLF founder Nur Misuari's group was represented by Zain Jali who is the head of the Bangsamoro Parliament and Ustadz Murshi Ibrahim, Hashim, and Muslimin Sema along with 200 MNLF leaders and commanders.

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Hashim said the official stand of the OIC is that the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the BBL is a partial implementation of the Tripoli Agreement and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement.

Hashim told the OIC that the Tripoli accord is an international agreement and dissolving it is tantamount to a violation of the principle of international law.

He explained that MNLF members were asked by the OIC to support the stand.

"So I spoke first before the OIC secretary general," Hashim said. "I said, 'While you are convincing us to support your position the problem is the Philippine government, the MILF don't recognized or admit that their agreement is a partial implementation of the two previous agreements, so we cannot support that stand'."

He said the OIC secretary general was surprised to learn about the GPH and MILF position on the two previous agreements with the MNLF "which stand to be abrogated once the BBL is signed."

"So nagkaroon ng problema ang OIC and the meeting ended without signing of any letter not even sworn statement," he added. The OIC, meanwhile, will elevate the contents of meeting to its foreign ministers on May 28 in Kuwait, according to Hashim.

"So from the legal point of view, as a matter of fact, we question this before the Supreme Court. So we are presenting the case before the OIC if they can do something," Hashim said.

"I told the OIC that notwithstanding the fact that the 1996 peace agreement will be abrogated with the signing of the BBL, then I told them we are for the peace process but we are against the appeasement process," he added.

Hashim noted how Philippine government has allegedly been trying to divide the MNLF itself.

"So to the MILF, it is a peace process; to the MNLF, it is appeasement process. It is a policy of accommodation and fraction. This is leading now to the MNLF capitulation," Hashim said.

In a statement Monday, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said the OIC formally reaffirmed its support to the Bangsamoro peace process and express optimism over its success despite the recent government encounter with MILF.

Madani said he was encouraged by the "sincere desire and serious effort" displayed by all parties to reach a conclusion.

Madani also expressed his hope that the "political process will continue."

"We had an agenda that includes the peace process that is taking place now – the CAB and the BBL," he said. - with Camille Diola


MANILA TIMES

OIC chief tells rebels: Unite for peace April 20, 2015 10:54 pm by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER AND AL JACINTO SENIOR CORRESPONDENT


President Benigno Aquino 3rd with Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary-General Iyad bin Ameen Madani. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

DAVAO CITY: A top-level delegation from the influential Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to set aside their differences and support the peace process.

OIC Secretary-General Iyad bin Ameen Madani arrived in the country last Thursday and met with key officials of the Philippine government before flying here to preside over the Bangsamoro Coordinating Forum (BCF), where he separately met with leaders of the MNLF and MILF. The MNLF enjoys observer status in the OIC.

The BCF is an OIC-sponsored body that was formed in 2014 to harmonize and settle differences between the MILF and the MNLF.

The OIC played a key role in the forging of the Tripoli Agreement and the 1996 peace agreement between the Philippine government and the MNLF. It had expressed its full support to the peace process with the MILF.

Madani is in the country to rally support for the peace agreement between the Manila and the MILF. His visit is the first to be made by an OIC secretary-general to Mindanao.

Madani on Monday called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd in Malacanang where he expressed full support and commitment to full fruition of the peace process.

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“We are pleased to acknowledge this expression of support,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told reporters.

In a statement, the OIC–formerly the Organization of Islamic Conference–said it was encouraged by the “sincere desire” and the “serious effort” displayed by both the MILF and MNLF and the Philippine government in the peace process.

“We feel on both sides the sincere desire, and the serious effort to reach a conclusion [in the peace process]. We are optimistic. We are supportive,” Madani said.

He announced that the OIC will invite representatives of the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum to the 42nd OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Kuwait on May 27.

In a news conference at the Senate, also on Monday, the OIC official expressed hope that the bloody Mamasapano clash would not affect the peace process.

“In a process like this, we all have to expect some hiccups as unfortunate as this tragedy might be and we fully agree that it should not distract us,” Madani said.

He added, “We think it is an unfortunate event. We have expressed condolences to all those who lost their lives and to their families.”

The matter was not discussed during the meeting.

Senate President Franklin Drilon noted that there was no occasion to discuss the Mamasapano incident during their meeting “because this is a completely a separate issue from our desire to put in place the BBL [Bangsamoro Basic Law].”

When asked if Madani’s meeting with lawmakers is putting pressure on Congress to pass the BBL, Drilon said it should not be seen that way.

“[His visit to the Philippines] is part of his itinerary. He came from Malaysia to get inputs from the Malaysian government, which, as you know, played a critical role in the peace process,” he added.

“[Madani’s] presence is certainly a manifestation of their support, and he has expressly said that they are supportive of the CAB [Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro] and of the passage of the BBL. He realizes that it is a very critical process so their hope is that we as a people will see through the passage of the BBL and the success or the completion of the peace process. The passage of the BBL is part of that,” Drilon said. WITH JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA


PHILSTAR

BIFF men attack PNP, Army posts in Maguindanao By Dennis Carcamo and John Unson (philstar.com) | Updated April 20, 2015 - 5:14pm


Map points to Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao where suspected members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked the office of the 43rd Special Action Company on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The BIFF is a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Google Earth

MANILA, Philippines (Updated from 9:54 a.m. version) — Suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) pounded with shoulder-fire grenades and 60-millimeter mortars police and Army detachments in a series of attacks late Sunday in the district of Maguindanao.

BIFF members first attacked the office of the 43rd Special Action Company with 40-millimeter explosive projectiles around 6:30 p.m. in Shariff Aguak, only a few meters away from the provincial police office, the Datu Akilan Ampatuan Camp.

BIFF members crawled near the SAF encampment and fired the explosives using Vietnam War vintage M79 single shot launchers.

Policemen engaged the gunmen into a firefight after the explosion, reports added.

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Senior Supt. Rudelio Jocson, Maguindanao's provincial police director, said no one was hurt in the shelling, but the incident caused panic among villagers residing in houses nearby.

The bandits escaped hastily as SAF commandos tried to approach them from different directions.

Shoulder-fire grenades and B-40 anti-tank rockets also rained around a roadside detachment of the Army's 2nd Mechanized Battalion in Salibo, Maguindanao at about 7:00 p.m. Sunday.

The attacks came just after the BIFF's new figurehead, Esmael Abubakar, most known as "Bongos," warned to avenge the deaths of companions killed in the military's February 28 to April 3 offensive against them.

Among the group's fatalities in its four-week face-off with the military were senior guerilla commanders Yusoph Abisalih and siblings Salahudin and Norodin Indong.

Bongos assumed the leadership of BIFF last week following the demise of its founder, the Saudi-trained Imam Ameril Umbra Kato.


PHILSTAR

Suspected NPA rebels hurt 2 in roadside bombing By John Unson (philstar.com) | Updated April 20, 2015 - 7:15pm


Makilala town in North Cotabato. Google Maps

NORTH COTABATO, Philippines — Communist rebels on Monday detonated a roadside bomb, injuring two passerby in Barangay San Vicente in Makilala, North Cotabato.

The victims, Antonio Jalamodia and Anisali Tapia, were immediately rushed to a hospital by responding policemen and barangay officials.

Jalamodia was riding a motorcycle en route to the town proper when the bomb, fashioned from an explosive projectile packed with jagged metal fragments, went off.

Tapia, who was standing near the spot where the roadside bomb was planted, also sustained shrapnel wounds in different parts of his body.

PO2 Ritchie Gesulga, community relations operative of the Makilala municipal police, said investigators are still trying to determine the exact identities of the gunmen that perpetrated the roadside bombing.

Barangay San Vicente in northeast of Makilala is near hinterlands that are known bastions of the New People's Army.

Gesulga said there are indications that the NPA was behind the attack.


PHILSTAR

Int’l humanitarian law violation eyed vs MILF; De Lima looking for addiitonal liability By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 24, 2015 - 12:00am


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. DOJ/file

MANILA, Philippines - The recommendation to file criminal charges against the 90 Muslim rebels involved in the Mamasapano killing has been deferred in order to look for additional liability of the suspects under international law, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday.

“I asked the team to reexamine the applicability of the IHL and determine if there could be possible offenses under the IHL for the crimes committed,” De Lima said, referring to International Humanitarian Law.

De Lima said she has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s special fact-finding team to reconsider their findings on the criminal liability of Moro rebels and private armies in the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) policemen in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

The DOJ team has recommended the filing of direct assault with murder and theft against 90 gunmen of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and armed civilians.

In their 225-page report, the probe team did not recommend any charge for violation of Republic Act No. 9851, or the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity.

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They said the law is inapplicable in this case, citing the existing ceasefire agreement between the government and the MILF.

De Lima did not agree, and cited the possibility of preparing charges under both the Revised Penal Code and RA 9851 as she deferred action on their recommendations.

“The perspective of the team is that the charges should match with the testimony of the eyewitness and that there should be no duplicity. But there is no duplicity when there are elements under the IHL present in other set of evidence,” she pointed out.

De Lima said she told the seven-member team led by Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera to submit a legal memorandum on this issue after several days.

She said she would await the position of the team before she could order a formal preliminary investigation on the case.

The DOJ report only covers the cases of 35 slain SAF men who belonged to the 55th SAF Company that engaged the MILF and BIFF fighters and armed villagers in the cornfields of Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano.

The cases of the nine other slain police commandos from the 84th SAF Company in Barangay Pidsandawan, as well as five civilians and 18 MILF fighters who were also killed during the clash, would be subject of further investigation by the team that was given two more months to complete the probe.

De Lima also directed the team to investigate further the involvement of US military personnel in the Jan. 25 encounter.

She revealed the key witness “Marathon” mentioned that there were two Caucasian-looking fatalities during the clash between members of the elite SAF and armed men in an attempt to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan.

“The team said that circumstance on what exactly was the participation of the US cannot be ignored,” she stressed.

In its report made public last Wednesday, the DOJ team said the Mamasapano clash “was murder all the way and around when the MILF, BIFF and the (armed civilians) crossed the river over to the cornfield to finish off the dying members of the 55th SAF command, by means of gunshots to the head and other parts of their bodies.” –With Christina Mendez


TRIBUNE

AFP clueless on Usman, BIFF attendance at Kato’s funeral Written by Mario J. Mallari Thursday, 23 April 2015


Marwan's protégé bomb expert Abdul Basit Usman sighted in funeral of BIFF leader Ustadz Ameril Umbra Kato

Despite ongoing operations to neutralize him, wanted bomb expert Basit Usman, along with leaders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, managed to attend the burial of Ustadz Ameril Umbra Kato, the founding leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), more than a week ago in Maguindanao.

Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said that the military intelligence received information that Usman was sighted at the burial of Kato.

“He attended the burial of Ameril Umbra Kato. He is still in the area of Central Mindanao,” said Kakilala at a press briefing yesterday.

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Asked why government troops failed to capture Usman, Kakilala replied “we just got the information after the fact…we got the information after the burial.”

Kato died last April 14 due to cardiac arrest. He was buried hours later in Barangay Kateman, Guindulungan, Maguindanao.

Aside from Usman, Kakilala said that other BIFF personalities were present during the burial.

Among them were Esmael Abubakar, alias Commander Bungos, newly-installed leader of the BIFF, and BIFF spokesman Abu Misry.

Kakilala admitted that the military would need time to get Usman, one of the three targets of Operation Plan (Oplan) “Exodus” launched by Special Action Force last Jan. 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. “It would take time but we are focused on getting him,” said Kakilala.

At the same time, Kakilala belittled the recent atrocities launched by the BIFF in Central Mindanao.

“They are purely harassments and not deliberate attacks,” said Kakilala. “It’s not really a serious threat…there is no intention to deliberately attack or overrun the detachment or even to close in,” he added.

Earlier, the BIFF attacked military installations wounding several soldiers.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

MILF disputes DOJ report's conclusions on the Mamasapano clash April 24, 2015 12:54am


(MILF) vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar on Thursday contested the findings of a Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Mamasapano clash, especially the conclusion that some members of the MILF committed murder.

“Unang, una po, hindi po sinadyang patayin ng mga combatants ng Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (or BIAF, the MILF's armed wing) ang mga SAF-PNP (Special Action Force-Philippine National Police) na napaslang sa engkwentro sa Barangay Tukanalipao sa Mamasapano,” Jaafar explained during an interview on GMA News TV's “Quick Response Team”.

“Sapagkat ang nangyari po dun ay pumasok ang SAF-PNP to carry out a police action, pero hindi po ito na-coordinate sa ceasefire committees ng MILF at GPH na siyang nararapat, sapagkat ito ang sinasabi doon sa provisions sa ceasefire agreement,” he added.

The MILF, in its own report on the Mamasapano clash, had concluded that the SAF violated the ceasefire agreement by not coordinating properly before the police operation was carried out.

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The MILF report went on to say said that if the SAF had coordinated with the MILF, “the unfortunate and tragic encounter could not have happened and the primacy of the peace process between the GPH and MILF safeguarded.”

A total of 67 people died in the encounter, including 44 SAF police officers, 18 MILF fighters and five civilians.

In its report, the DOJ said the SAF was justified in not to coordinating with the MILF before the operation, as doing so could have compromised the secrecy and success of the SAF operation - “Oplan Exodus”.

Theft or the spoils of war

The DOJ also recommended the filing of murder and theft charges against 90 people who are members of the MILF, its splinter group the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and private armed groups (PAGs).

However, Jaafar argued that the MILF had merely acted in self-defense during the encounter, and that there were no elements of premeditation or conspiracy for the killings to be considered as murder.

Jaafar also pointed out that the weapons taken from the SAF police officers in the course of a firefight could not be considered as theft. “Meron na pong mga ibinalik ang leadership ng MILF na mga armas, kabilang ang mga armas ng SAF- PNP. At yung mga armas na yan na nakuha ng MILF ay hindi po pagnanakaw na matatawag yun, sapagkat sa giyera, ang tawag po diyan ay war booty at sa Islam ang tawag diyan ay ganima, at hindi po pagnanakaw,” Jaafar said.

Jaafar also denied that the MILF leadership had refused to have its members interviewed for the DOJ probe. “Wala po kaming natatanggap [na interview request]. Hindi po namin alam na mayroong request ang alin mang investigating team galing sa Manila na gustong kausapin ang ilan sa mga leaders ng MILF,” Jaafar said. — Elizabeth Marcelo/DVM, GMA News


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