Lawmaker shrugs off MILF threat of keeping arms

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THE House of Representatives won’t give in to threats from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of stopping its decommissioning of arms in the event that a watered down Bangsamoro law is passed, according to a lawmaker.

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Rep. Gary Alejano of Magdalo party-list made the stance after the MILF issued a statement saying, “Both the House and the Senate versions of the BBL have seriously unnerved or mutilated the right leg and amputated the left leg, so much so that if it is not restored would render the Bangsamoro entity inutile. For sure, the MILF will reject it outright, and worse the various aspects of the normalization process including decommissioning of its weapons and combatants will come to a halt.”

“A respectable and strong state should not be cowed by such [kinds of]threats from anybody because the state is mandated to look out for the welfare of the people,” Alejano, a former Marine captain, pointed out.

Under the peace pact inked with the government, the MILF decommissioning of forces will be in four phases: the ceremonial turnover last June, the turnover of the 30 percent of arms after the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro law, the turnover of additional 30 percent upon finishing the plebiscite (60 percent combined) and the 100 percent turnover once the Bangsamoro Region is created before the May 2016 elections.

These phases will be executed when there is a significant progress in implementing the peace agreement because the proposed Bangsamoro law is the fruit of the peace deal.

“If the state will give in, that would mean that it is weak, and it [shouldn’t] be the case,” Alejano said.

The MILF particularly lamented the amendment in the proposed Bangsamoro law, which gave Bangsamoro inhabitants limited access to the revenues derived from the natural resources within the Bangsamoro Region.

Alejano then argued that the MILF should show sincerity that it is willing to work with the government for peace.

The proposed law for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region has been derailed because majority of lawmakers has been ignoring the passage, especially after it was learned that the MILF was involved in the killings of 44 Special Action Force members in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January even after a peace agreement between the government and the MILF was inked in March 2014.

“We can see how sincere the MILF is with their next steps. First things first, they need to understand that the Constitution should be followed in passing a proposed Bangsamoro law,” he added.

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  1. the hell with MILFs if they want to go back to war so be it. this time we really have to wipe them out including the BIFF and Abus. keep no prisoners. they can also be a good target practice for our new jet fighters.