“We’re still at war.”
That is precisely the reply of Mohagher Iqbal, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel, to the Senate’s invitation for him to attend its committee hearing on the recent Mamasapano encounter.
“The MILF remains a revolutionary organization,” Iqbal said in his letter to Sen. Grace Poe, explaining why he or the MILF could not be a part of the Senate inquiry.
The rebel group is conducting an “independent” probe.
How true? Moro-moro may be.
It just goes to show that the MILF does not recognize the authority of the government at all, not then and not now.
If the MILF would not even cooperate to shed light on the massacre of 44 policemen in Mamasapano, how can Noynoy’s administration expect this armed group to respect the laws of the land when it gets control of the Autonomous Region in the Muslim Mindanao under a new Bangsamoro autonomous region which is really a substate?
The barbaric murder of SAF troopers, which they claim as a “mis-encounter,” shows they cannot even honor and observe the ceasefire agreement with the government.
Inevitably, the manhunt for Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan which Noynoy and Alan Purisima maliciously, illegally and plotted led the SAF troops to a virtual death trap. Note that Purisima is suspended from police service!
Now, Iqbal stressed that until the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is enacted and a new ARMM, the MILF remains a revolutionary organization.
So, it is clear now that the MILF has taken Noynoy for a ride on a sham peace deal, while it strengthened its lawless army during a supposed ceasefire.
Iqbal’s statement has fueled even more outrage by the spread of a video recording of the merciless execution of a wounded SAF officer who survived hours of gun battle.
MILF leaders have done nothing but to justify the atrocities committed by MILF and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
They have continued to recruit and train their guerillas and have threatened to avenge the death of their folk hero, Marwan.
We are still at war against each other, MILF declares.
So be it!
In defense of the Constitution, the government forces must now stand up to the challenge and bring on the war to those who ask for it.
Kill the BBL nonsense, abandon ceasefire and retake control of Mindanao.
It has come to our attention that since November last year, various medical equipment ordered and purchased by the Department of Health (DOH) has remained unpaid.
Small contractors have been asking for the payment of medical equipment deliveries, which are now being used at different public hospitals.
DOH-operated national hospitals include Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, San Lazaro Hospital and Fabella Hospital, and many others.
For some reason since Dr. Janette Garin took over as acting Health Secretary, the DOH has run amiss on its obligations on transactions, which the department entered into in accordance to government procurement regulations.
If the DOH could settle a P100 million obligation with contractor Medical Center Trading for medical supplies, then it should be able pay what it owes small contractors of medical equipment.
The DOH budget could not have run out just because Garin has employed three lawyer consultants and one in-house accountant.
We are hoping that the irregularities that went on at DOH during the previous administration would not recur under Garin’s stewardship.
Or would it because Garin’s leadership is doomed to fail?