Hold, make MILF accountable for atrocities!

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SEN. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos 2nd, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, and Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), deserve praise for suspending the public hearings by their respective committees on the BBL.

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That’s an appropriate action after the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ambushed and killed about 50 policemen who were trying to arrest two suspected terrorists in Maguindanao. Are the suspected terrorists also MILF members? Why were they hiding in MILF “territory”? Why do they seem to be enjoying MILF protection?

Based on initial comments by DILG Sec. Mar Roxas suggesting “misencounter” and “miscommunication,” I wouldn’t be surprised if the administration of BS Aquino The Last, I mean The Third, would even blame the slain police commandos for their sad fate. It did this two years back when it charged several Marine officers for the ambush of their men while trying to arrest a wanted terrorist in Al-Barka, Basilan. The Aquino administration faulted the soldiers for not coordinating with the MILF before entering the latter’s “territory.” The same issue is now being raised in the latest MILF atrocity.

In a number of columns, I wrote that the MILF could show good faith in the peace talks by surrendering the suspect in the beheading of already dead soldiers in another ambush preceding the Al-Barka incident. It did no such thing but the administration saw nothing wrong in this. Instead, it placed the blame squarely on our brave soldiers and officers.

There was no Bangsamoro yet then but the MILF was already given complete rein of their territory with the acquiescence of the Aquino administration. Things will not go any better once the MILF gets a bigger “territory,” thru the BBL endorsed by the uncaring administration. Fears that the proposed Bangsamoro substate will be off-limits to our soldiers and policemen once it becomes a reality are not completely unfounded.

I don’t know why the situation has come to this. If Erap were still president, this wouldn’t have happened. He never recognized any MILF territory and waged a vigorous successful military campaign to capture MILF camps. Now, what the MILF had lost in that military campaign ordered by Erap, it has regained thru peace talks initiated by BS Aquino The Last, I mean The Third. Worse, MILF has even got more political and economic muscles.

Senator Bongbong and Congressman Rodriguez said they will suspend all hearings on the BBL until they receive a report on the official investigation of the Maguindanao ambush.

“We agreed that in deference to those who have died, especially the policemen, we will suspend our hearings for the afternoon session and discussions on certain provisions of the Bangsamoro law going forward unless we get explanations from concerned government agencies [on the violent incidents],” Rodriguez said in a news conference.

Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, a former chief of staff of the armed forces, initiated the timely and fitting move to suspend all hearings by the House panel.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano also deserves praise for withdrawing as co-author of the BBL measure. Cayetano said the “slaughter” of about 50 policemen has led doubts to MILF’s commitments to peace in Mindanao. He said that the MILF should have shown good faith by surrendering the two international terrorists sought by the policemen.

Cayetano believes that the passage of the BBL measure in Congress has been jeopardized by the latest Maguindanao massacre. Some 13 senators have signed as co-author of the measure, enough to pass it in the 24-man chamber. If more senators will follow Cayetano’s move, and I hope many will, then the approval of the BBL that’s being avidly pushed by the administration could indeed by in jeopardy.

If I were Marcos or Rodriguez, I wouldn’t be contended with the mere receipt of an official report on the ambush by the MILF. I would demand an official apology by the MILF and the handing over pronto of the wanted terrorists by the MILF to Philippine authorities. The MILF should also be held accountable for this atrocity. Our slain heroes wouldn’t get any justice until the MILF does these things.

And if the MILF washes its hands, then the BBL should be thrown to the wastebasket where it properly belongs. The death of about 50 policemen should prick the conscience of the administration and stop giving support to a group that refuses to recognize duly constituted authorities.

Or, does the President merely consider our soldiers and policemen completely expendable?

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  1. What will happen if the BBL was approved and full autonomy was given to MILF ? Kasi even today wala pa yan some Muslim country is silently supporting them already. Eh Kung full autonomy , then they more power to ask direct help from other Muslim country to intervene in case of another war broke out with the Philippines government . Can the government stop or prevent let say Malaysia and Indonesia from sending in troop to help them . This might cause dismemberment of our country. Possibility Lang naman. So hopefully huwag mag rush sa papasa itong BBL . Pagaralang lahat na negative issued that will have a very grave consequences for the country.

  2. Why is the BS Aquino adamant on getting the MILF thier own country? Is it because the cut a deal on the Oil & Gas in that region?

  3. Nung martial law tuwinalang may pangyayari, maski na gano kali-it, binabato nang mga opposition kay Marcos ang Command Responsibilty. Ngayon wala ng bumabanggit dyan. La-os na ba ngayon yan?

  4. The BBL should be dead. The only thing that can bring it back to life is if the MILF delivers the killers for justice. Since that will never happen, it is dead. The important thing is to bring the killers to justice.

  5. BBL(BABALA) is disadvantageous
    to our country. It has yet to be approved, but the MILF seems to act.as if Mindanao is their territory
    already. Many wonder why the government is very eager to grant
    autonomy to a terrorist group.

    • Totally agree with you…it will wrong for the Philippine Government to grant Autonomous Region for BBL or MILF…after granting their request then what ‘s next…their next goal will cessation or independence that will lead to more bloodshed… enough for this circus and bury this talks forever…nothing constructive or beneficial will come out from this….creating a state within a state….dangerous game indeed,

  6. I agree 100 percent. And the hearings on BBL should never be resumed until after the MILF leaders have agreed to disarm their fighters and allow normal Philippne Republic officials to be in charge of its so-called “territories.”

  7. Alas, accountability and balls to go after this evil group. We will have more dead good soldiers and civilians if we keep the BBL law. I agree that they should surrender all their convicted and suspected killers before everyone can start a clean slate. Or better still they should behead themselves as a token of their good faith for Allah is good and it’s for the good of their faith. I see it going nowhere for they will not sacrifice their own but we could for the sake of our motherland. Peace treaty which really meant nothing to them since they have no rules to follow except their ignorant beliefs. We’ve been shedding blood and what are they doing after killing our soldiers they had to rob them too. There’s no respect to fallen comrades and yet they call themselvs soldiers of MILF. Lets us all in the valley of tears and fear no evil to end the axis of evil. We must learn the patter of which the Grand Vizier/Kara Mustafa Pasha Sept. 1683 Battle of Vienna. It’s a repeat and annihilation of mankind.

  8. here we go again, law enforcement are slaughtered and then more talk in the senate and congress and nothing happens.

    it’s not a mystery why the line for visas at the various embassies of western countries are already full by 5am.

    definitely, it’s more fun in the Philippines