MILF won’t go back to war –Marcos

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DESPITE the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)’s objection on the substitute bill for the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., remains confident it is not reason for the organization to spark another insurgency in Mindanao.

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During his “Youth Forum on the Bangsamoro Basic Law” speech held at the University of Perpetual Help in Las Piñas City Tuesday, Marcos said he is convinced that MILF truly wants peace.

Marcos, who is the chairman of the Senate committee on local government and sponsor of the Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), believes that the organization [MILF] is sincere in trying to find ways to bring peace in the region.

“They (MILF) do not want to return to war. They do not want to continue the fighting. They want to have lives that are normal that are within the mainstream of the Philippine society,” Marcos said in response to the question asked by a student.

He added that he has enough confidence in the MILF as partners in peace despite their differences in ideas.

Marcos also noted that the BLBAR, and whatever objections the MILF may have towards it, could help attain peace in the region

“All the changes and all the amendments that we made, all the proposals that we have included are borne of logic and of sound reasoning,” Marcos said.

“It’s been a rocky road but I think at this point in time we can be confident that our counterparts in the MILF and for that matter the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) are desirous of peace,” he added.

Marcos, however, admitted that he could not say the same about the other armed groups such as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other splinter groups that may be formed in the future.

He said it is because the groups have rejected all calls by the government for peace.

“How we will deal with that is another very thorny issue, but we will have to deal with it because until it is dealt with, we cannot say that we have achieved peace in Muslim Mindanao,” Marcos pointed out.

He also noted that the process of decommissioning, which was not included in the draft BBL but inserted in the substitute bill, would also help in maintaining peace in Mindanao.

 

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  1. Kuya Ferdi, you sound and talk like your dad. No offense but safe playing when truly inside you and I know including the pips in Mindanao region that there’ll be no peace except when they’re all asleep. Look at the feud between Israel & Palestinian – was there any peace after Arafat died? It’s been a long battle between Christian & Muslim and it was never about love & peace. It’s whoever own Mindanao makes them 90% in control of the Philippines. Both geographically and strategically, you have the defense & wealth in by itself. You will only find peace after they all rested. Thousands of people have died for such a cause when they could have just went to sleep instead of living the ideology of peace. One faction believes in forgiveness while the other believe in killing as a means. Kuya Ferdi, it’s not going to happen parang bringing back the havoc you’ve inflicted among us while you were growin up with the most powerful man in Asia. You have the most expensive toys and fleet of cars to follow you when you want to grab some coffee in Makati. You’re nothing but a brat and piece of cloth from the loins of your greedy and vengeful father. So, peace be with you and you only while the muslims continue to kill my fellow brothers in Mindanao that gets unreported. Why don’t you and your family return what your folks stole and resign from the government. Surely, the billions taken can buy lots of peace among the poor.

  2. Herman P. Hondojare on

    Dear Senator Marcos,

    You are the true leader and defender of our Philippiune Constitutuion.

    God Bless You.

    keep it up and be our OWF defender and keep guiding us.

    Thank you