• Don’t blame MILF – Iqbal

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    THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) should not get all the blame for the killing of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao because there were other groups present in the area when the police force came under attack, Mohagher Iqbal, chairman of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), said on Thursday.

    Iqbal who attended the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano tragedy, said the MILF is conducting its own investigation to determine if any MILF member violated the rules of conduct. He pointed out that the SAF also fought other armed individuals belonging to different groups including the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), local militias and private armed groups.

    “The delicate task of finding out who did what, especially the reported atrocities, cannot be immediately blamed on the MILF. That would be unfair. We need to investigate,” Iqbal said. The MILF, he added, also supports the call for the creation of a truly independent group that would conduct a fair and impartial investigation of the incident.

    At the same time, the MILF official denied claims that the organization is conniving with the BIFF.

    “We are committed to peace. We have been in negotiations with the Philippine government for 17 years. Each of the agreements we signed with the Philippine government is testament to our commitment to pursue our objectives though peaceful means,” he added.

    JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA

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    3 Comments

    1. Carl Cid Inting on

      I cannot blame the MILF because savages will always behave like savages. I blame Aquino, Deles and Ferrer for kowtowing to these savages and giving away Philippine sovereignty and territory, Filipino lives and Filipino taxpayers’ money to these savages!

    2. Iqbal is awfully desperate trying to distance MILF from this murders of SAF troopers, of course MILF is to be blamed, because the slaughter of the special police force happened in a territory that MILF is claiming to be under their control.

      With rogue elements roaming under your watch, it does not excuse MILF from not keeping control of their territory. Iqbal is as dumb as a door knob not to implicate MILF, he together with Aquino cannot lead if that is their argument to the case. A great leader takes control of the situation, and does so to avoid a confrontation and loss of life.

      Besides, the moro rebels as a whole are all terrorist, the original MNLF splintered into small sets of terrorist, just so they can always point their fingers on other terrorist to avoid blame, a tacit tactic employeed by terrorist organizations world wide, when in fact their only aim is to create chaos and anarchy in any society.

      Iqbal should be brought to Hague, to answer a crime against humanity.