• MNLF tagged ASG to sabotage peace process

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    The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have now tagged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) to sabotage the on-going Bangsamoro peace process in Mindanao, a peace activist said on Wednesday.

    Peace activist Jun Aparece said that a “reliable source among the groups” revealed that the recent bombings in Mindanao are actions by the MNLF and the BIFF, motivated in derailing the on-going peace process in the region. President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier confirmed reports that the three groups have banded to disrupt the peace negotiations in Mindanao.

    “The recent bombings are handy work of those who oppose the MILF peace talks,” Aparece said through a text message. “We learned that several ASG members joined MNLF. These ASG members could be utilised by this MNLF faction to execute the bombings and discredit [and]frustrate the MILF peace talks which is gaining positive strides,” Aparece added.

    He identified two terrorist-turned-witnesses that participated in the recent attacks. Robin Sahiyal and Jul Ahmad Ahadi, earlier detained in suspicion of being high-value ASG members, were released in February upon the recommendation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) for mistaken identity and lack of probable cause.

    They are among the 18 released after the DOJ dropped the criminal charges against them.

    The two witnesses then testified a month later against human rights advocate Cocoy Tulawie, tagging him as the alleged mastermind of the 2009 assassination attempt on Governor Sakur Tan of Sulu province.

    The source said the Sahiyal and Ahadi are now active members of the MNLF faction, along with other ASG members, and are currently operating in areas near Marawi City. TITUS EDISON CALAUOR

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