No factory for MILF weapons

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REP. Rodolfo Biazon of Muntinlupa City on Sunday dismissed allegations that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been assembling firearms in its own weapons manufacturing factory in the mountains of Mindanao.

Biazon expressed disbelief over the claim of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on the existence of the alleged weapons factory, pointing out that even the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which has the legal status and funding to produce weapons, could not do it.

“That is very difficult to believe. Why? [Because] even our own arsenal cannot produce their weapons, especially sophisticated weapons. Puwede silang mag-manufacture niyan pero iyong pugakang (crude shotgun),” Biazon, a former Marine general and former Armed Forces chief before becoming a senator for three terms, said.

“If the Armed Forces have to buy their firearms and ammunitions, how can the MILF produce something that our own arsenals cannot?” he added.


On Thursday, Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments that is tackling the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, insisted that a substitute Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is necessary to strengthen the decommissioning of MILF arms and weapons, which he alleged were made locally.

“Maybe Senator Marcos is receiving information from someone. But to me, my position on the manufacturing of weapons is simply practicality. If your arsenal cannot produce the weapon, how can the MILF produce it?” Biazon said.

On June 16, the MILF turned over some 75 high-powered and crew-serve weapons and decommissioned 145 of its combatants to the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) as concrete proof of their sincerity to end conflict and bring lasting peace in Mindanao.

Biazon said he would ask Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law of the House of Representatives, to allow discussions on issues that need to be explained further about the proposed bill when Congress resumes sessions on July 27.

“I think this debate is important to be followed by media so that the issues can be explained to the people. And these differing positions need to be developed into a consensus so that a law can be passed,” he explained.

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6 Comments

  1. Marcos is just riding the whole BBL issue. Puro allegations. Let us just move forward and about time to hear Mindanao. Yes to BBL!

  2. Lies are not enough to cover the truth. I hope Marcos will stop looking for an excuse. Instead, focus on meeting his deadline of the amended bill. He might as well do his job that throw false allegations to divert people’s attention.

  3. Charlie Lopez on

    No truth to Marcos’ allegations MILF weapons decommissioned are “paltik”

  4. Darling Lapreza on

    Marcos gross irresponsibility spreading false information undermining the peace process and BBL. That’s on top of sitting on the bill and dribbling it. He thinks nothing of millions of Muslim Filipinos who live in desolation and war and neglect.

  5. Was there really any truth behind the allegations of Marcos? It only showed his gross irresponsibility in spreading false information and accusations.

  6. Marcos just keep on throwing false allegations against BBL and MILF. He’s just dribbling this bill. It seems like he doesn’t really realize how important this is to the people in Bangsamoro. This is for their future and he should stop using this issue for his own intentions!