• Another alternate truth: Mamasapano staged?

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    FIRST, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) put forward the alternative truth that aides of Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, rather than the SAF commandos, killed the international terrorist. To their surprise, President Benigno Aquino 3rd bought the line and went so far as to broadcast it in a media forum at one newspaper.

    When the preposterous claim provoked much anger from the SAF and the Philippine National Police (PNP), and widespread anger and hostile commentary, President Aquino beat a hasty retreat, and declared that the exact opposite happened: the raiding SAF commandos in truth and in fact killed Marwan, and cut off his finger for identification by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US.

    What provoked the angry reaction was the one-two punch of Aquino casting doubt on the accepted version of the incident, and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal mouthing the blatant lie that Marwan’s aide killed him.

    The collusion of the president and the MILF in impugning the memory of the slain SAF commandos was too much for everyone to bear. And we all made this known to PNoy in no uncertain terms. He would have faced disobedience and rebellion in the ranks of the PNP and the AFP had he not reversed himself.

    Another abomination and untruth
    With the wounds from this ugly episode still fresh in our minds, there now comes another abomination and untruth, courtesy once again of our peace partner, the MILF.

    The group says that the Mamasapano incident/massacre that took place last January 25 was deliberately staged in order to derail the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. Had the incident not happened, the law would have been passed because the legislature was all set to approve it.

    In an editorial posted on the MILF Web site “Luwaran,” the rebel group charged that while President Aquino was fully committed to the primacy of the peace process, there were spoilers who worked to stop the BBL from passing. They substituted the Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), to stall the legislation.

    They named Congressmen Celso Lobregat of Zamboanga City as the leader of the spoilers in the House.

    They also criticzed Sen. Bongbong Marcos for leading the opposition to the BBL in the Senate, and substituting his own version of the proposed bill.

    It is both troubling and farcical that nine months after the incident, there are those who cling to the notion that there is an alternate version of what happened in Mamasapano.

    With this new alternate truth being floated by the MILF, we must hope that President Aquino will be similarly quick in tamping it down. It makes no sense for the SAF to mount the operation against Marwan for the purpose of stopping passage of the BBL. Remember that Oplan Exodus was Aquino’s baby.

    To build a future together
    After banishing this new alternate tale, it will be better for Congress, the Aquino government and the MILF to join together in effecting the passage of a constitutional and workable law for an Autonomous Bangsamoro Region.

    This will find support among our people if presented properly and earnestly.

    This is within the realm of the possible because all sides want peace in Mindanao and all want an enabling law that will unleash the full creativity and potential of Muslim Mindanao.

    The hard reality is this. Tragedy happened on January 25 in Mamasapano, and it took many lives, of PNP-SAF commandos and rebels alike.

    The challenge now is to transcend this reality and build a future together.

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    1. apolonio reyes on

      A Muslim friend once told me ” Even if I treat you like a brother, don’t trust me, as we, Muslims, are allowed by our religion to be traitors even to our brothers”. So Pnoy beware of Iqbal & Co. for they will Shout To Hell another ” Alternative Truth ” about Mamasapano when you step down of Malacanang.

    2. to Mr Vic Penetrate:the Muslim rebels are on to KFR again. the MILF ABUS BMORO are one and the same

      to Mr HarrisMD:
      it took time before you realized that Malaysia-Sabah have created and financed the Muslim rebels since the time of Marcos. this is to weaken us, the Philippines to prevent us to re-Claim SABAH. MALAYSIA’S ultimate goal is to annex MINSUPALA MINDANAO SULU PALAWAN

      ONLY ESTRADA HAS THE GUTS TO STRIKE BACK.

      WE ALREADY HAVE AN AUTONOMOUS REGION FOR MUSLIMS. THEY JUST USED THE FUNDS TO ARM THEMSELVES.

      THIS NEW LAW WILL GIVE TH MORE FUNDS TO BUY ARMS, HEAVY ARMS, WE GAVE THEM AN AUTONOMOUS REGION, BUT THEY WANT THE WHOLE MINSUPALA

      NASA INTERNET LAHAT YAN. READ TIGLAO AND THE MANILA TIMES

    3. let’s go by forensic on this.
      let us take a good second look at the Marwan Picture.
      is it digitally altered? can that arm in the foreground be another layer in Photoshop and was just digitally added? what about those legs all around. are they wearing regular SAF combat fatigues ? Perhaps US issued tropical fatigues? MILF? BIFF?
      but wait, Marwan is literally caught with his pants down. kakatawa sana if not for the fact that so many lives were lost and for what?

      my conclusion: it was a love triangle. because clearly Marwan was caught with his pants down.
      what was that about propaganda? if you want to BS, then make the biggest BS of all.

    4. Discussing the issue of the MILF and the peace process, we should not exclude the role of Malaysia. A conspiracy theory of mine is that Malaysia is out there to annex the whole Mindanao, thru the rebel groups. It should be noted that the MNLF group of Nur Misuari, the first recognized revolt for an independent Mindanao was fueled and armed by Malaysian authorities. Despite that deliberate invasionist act, if not declaration of war, by Malaysia, it still managed to enter into the “peace” negotiation process with the MILF. We should examine a lot of things, including where Nur Misuari runs whenever he is hunted in the Philippines. Malaysia continuously aided these rebel groups and for what obvious reason?: Annexation of the whole island of Mindanao. Is it also coincidence that their prime minister is being haunted by multi-million dollar corruption allegation. Where did the money go? Why is P-noy so very much wanted the BBL despite its obvious unconstitutional provision? Did he receive or promised anything from Malaysia?

    5. Why can’t Pres. Aquino ask the MILF for help in searching for the Samal kidnap victims, as Sen. Sotto asks?

    6. BS Aquino is just too Coward to admit his Blunder !
      His afraid of what will happen to him once his out of his position come election day . His
      either Exiled or end in Jail!