THE Reuters report that the Manila Bulletin made its P1 banner yesterday contained very good news from the mouth of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.
The Reuters report is of the interview Manuel Mogato had Saturday with Murad in the latter’s HQ in the MILF’s Camp Darapanan. It begins with the rebel group head’s statement that the January 25 “clash” between government PNP-SAF commandos and MILF armies has eroded MILF trust in the Aquino government.
Why MILF now trusts Aquino government less
The first half of the Reuters report details reasons why Murad says he and his fellow MILF leaders’ trust in the Aquino government “has been affected.”
He told Reuters that what happened was not a “misencounter.” It was really a planned government attack on the MILF.
Reuters quotes Murad as saying, “We are studying to see if the approval of the police operation came from the highest level of government.”
But we are sure that when Murad said that he already knew that the PNP-Board of Inquiry Report released on Friday states that the go-signal for Oplan Exodus was in fact given by de facto President BS Aquino himself.
MILF will continue peace talks with post-Aquino administration
It’s the latter part of the Reuters report that contains the good news. This was correctly made the drophead “MILF rebels willing to work with next gov’t–Murad” under the Bulletin banner “Trust in government eroded.”
Murad’s statement that his rebel and separatist organization will work for a peace deal with the next government after that of the BS Aquino administration is very good news because it negates dire warnings made by some politicians. These are the ones who belong to the Aquino camp in the House of Representatives. They are persons who slavishly echo the thoughts and words of Aquino’s Peace Process Adviser Sec. Teresita Deles and the government’s negotiating panel chief, Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, and their cohorts.
They warn that, if the Bangsamoro Basic Law is not passed at once, war would break out in Mindanao because the MILF will resume its war mode before the ceasefire.
The people who say these statements—that MILF’s Chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal has denied in the Senate hearings —are blackmailing our congressmen and senators into railroading the passage of the original BBL bill which contains so many unconstitutional provisions. The bill is the one proposed by the MILF, slightly amended by the OPAPP and personally brought to Congress by de facto President Aquino.
The good news in the Reuters report are in the following paragraphs:
“ ‘Based on our findings, it was not a mistaken encounter,’ he [Murad] said, adding the police [PNP] saw his group as an enemy.
“ ‘They attacked our community and our forces.’
“But he said the rebels were committed to the peace process and would work with a new government if the talks went beyond the end of Aquino’s term, in June 2016.
“The president’s political capital is dwindling and there’s a possibility the (autonomy law) will not be passed on time,’ Murad said as uniformed guerrillas stood guard.
“‘The next president, whoever is elected next year, is bound to implement the peace agreement.’
“But he warned that the MILF would not accept watered down autonomy.”