Passages in Mamasapano Report by MILF prove it coddled Marwan

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SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday reiterated what most Filipinos believe — that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has been coddling bad elements, including Marwan the principal target of the PNP-SAF commandos who were massacred in Mamasapano on January 25.

He had spoken harshly before about MILF’s coddling of terrorists and its being an untrustworthy organization. He was most credible during the Senate hearings on the Mamasapano Massacre, when he presented proofs from US sources. He was among the co-sponsors of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. But after learning more about the MILF, seeing the way the Philippine panel in the peace process has been taking the MILF side, and the attempts to murder the truth about the Mamasapano massacre, he withdrew his name from the list of BBL sponsors.

President BS Aquino’s adviser on the peace process, Secretary Teresita Deles of course rose to defend her friends, the leaders and soldiers of the MILF against the accusations of the senator from Taguig.

Few could side with Deles (and President Aquino and the Chief of the Philippine government negotiating panel Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer) in the face of Senator Cayetano’s evidence. Among the persuasive documents he had were copies of intercepted e-mails between Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir (known more as “Marwan”) and his brother, who is in the United States, facing charges. The e-mail copies were among the evidence the US prosecutors had against Marwan’s brother. One of the things Marwan informed his brother about in his e-mails was the protection and aid he was getting from the MILF. One of the top MILF commanders was in control of the area where Marwan was safely hidden from Philippine military and police pursuers.


Yesterday, however, Senator Cayetano was seeing, in the very report prepared by the MILF, proof of the rebel separatist’s coddling of Marwan

Speaking over ABS-CBN’s DZMM radio, Senator Cayetano said the MILF, in several instances in the report, admitted in effect that it knew of and tolerated the presence of slain Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan in its community. This coddling of the terrorist Marwan goes against the agreement MILF and the Philippine government entered into and signed in the form of a joint communiqué in 2002. Among the terms of the truce announced in that communiqué is that the MILF would help the government capture or kill terrorists and other lawless elements.

Cayetano also said that the MILF Mamasapano Report states that they (the MILF) never gave sanctuary to Marwan and Usman (Marwan’s Filipino partner in bombmaking and in training extremist Filipino Muslims how to make bombs and blow up public places). Yet, Sen. Cayetano told DZMM, “for the first time, they (the MILF) are admitting that in 2005 they told Marwan to leave their camp and their communities.”

So, Mr. Cayetano exclaimed, the MILF took three years [from the time of the start of the truce with the government]to tell Marwan to leave!

In DZMM’s “Failon Ngayon,” the celebrated morning anchor and commentator extensively analyzed the MILF Report. He pointed out all the things the report contains that are obviously there to absolve the MILF soldiers of crimes they had committed on January 25. Ted Failon also took up the analytical comments made by Senator Cayetano, who said that the report has so many illogical and unbelievable findings and statements.

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  1. Two of the world’s most wanted terrorists who were in the territory of MILF were only just advised by MILF to leave instead of arresting them?

  2. The MILF should have asked Deles, Ferrer, Bacani and Leonen to prepare their report for their group. These 4 are already experts in this BBL issue. Not PNoy, or the report will sound more stupid than it already is.

  3. Ano pa bang proved ang kailangan,ang mga tao sa probinsya kahit sa kabilang bundok ka nakatira, magkakakilala sila,yan pang ilang kilometro lang ang layo,at sa tabi pa ng ilog!
    Sumigaw ka lang dinig ka na, kahit sa kabilang ibayo ka pa!
    Sana magbago na ang lahat para sa ikabubuti ng marami!

  4. Of course, the report of the MILF is self-serving. And why won’t they do that? First off, deceit is an integral component of their strategy.

    And they have willing supporters cum spokemen deep inside the Aquino dark territory. They are Aquino himself and his talking but not thinking heads in Malacanang, Deles, Ferrer, De Lima and late comer, Rosales of the Left masquerading as Human Rights defender biased in favor of criminals and non-state militia called MILF and what have you.