PNoy covering up MILF’s terror links for BBL passage


OBSESSED with passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as his administration’s so-called “legacy”, PNoy is whitewashing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) links to known terrorists and terror groups, some of whom have pledged allegiance to the notorious jihadist group ISIS.

According to the ISIS Study Group, a website maintained by retired military personnel from the US Special Forces and the US armed forces’ intelligence community, National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia has directed senior National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) officials to “tone down” their assessments on linkages between the MILF and Zulkifli bin Hir aka “Marwan,” the Indonesian terrorist killed by SAF commandos during the Mamasapano raid.

“Our sources within NICA have informed us that Garcia has specifically instructed the organization to avoid airing out the truth that Marwan was receiving direct support from the MILF 105th Base Command (BC) out of fear that it would further erode support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Furthermore, our sources have reported that Garcia has been personally editing NICA assessments that were to be delivered to PNoy and members of the Philippine Congress,” the group said.

If Garcia has indeed taken to sanitizing the intelligence agency’s reports, it is treason of the highest order. He is compromising national security for the sake of deodorizing the MILF’s image, obviously with the knowledge of and/or at the behest of PNoy.

While the MILF-Central Committee (MILF-CC) might want to forge a peace deal with the Philippine government, the group says they have absolutely no control over the three MILF units that are providing direct support to the terror groups operating in the country: the 102nd, 105th and 118th Base Commands (BC),

This supposedly became more apparent with the recent death of Abdul Basit Usman, the accomplice of Marwan who managed to escape during the Mamasapano raid.

When the killing of Usman was first reported, military sources said he was killed by a military asset who was purportedly recruited from within the group of the alleged terrorist. The asset allegedly managed to recruit two fellow aides to turn against Usman, who was then targeted in an operation. The military later said the asset died with Usman when the MILF tried to collar the terror suspect.

Another version put forward by Armed Forces Chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang was that Usman was killed by his bodyguards who allegedly wanted to claim the $1-million bounty on his head. A week later, the military backtracked on its claim on how Usman was killed.

Echoing the account by MILF vice chair for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar, the military now says the MILF’s 118th Base Command planned to capture Usman and present him to the group’s Central Committee but he resisted, sparking a firefight that led to his death.

Jaafar claims Usman’s death showed that the MILF was doing its part in maintaining peace and order in areas they controlled as agreed upon in agreements it signed with the government. “Usman’s death is proof that the MILF is sincere in its efforts to strictly abide with the provisions of the ceasefire mechanism,” Jaafar added.

Even though they had nothing to do with it, the MILF’s Central Committee is now exploiting Usman’s death to soften public opposition to the BBL.

“The reason they claimed credit for Usman’s death was to save face after the 25 January 2015 Mamasapano raid that killed Marwan, demonstrate to the [Government of the Philippines] that they’re a viable partner of peace and to further the narrative that they actually control their three ‘problem children’ when in truth they don’t,” the ISIS study group said.

“If it was publicly known that the MILF-CC can’t control the elements within their organization known for providing support to terror groups, then the Philippine Congress and general public would know that the peace deal isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. After all, just how much of a success will the BBL be if the people in charge of the new Bangsamoro government can’t even police themselves?” it added.

While the MILF’s Central Committee supposedly issued an order to its commanders to “expel” terror groups from their territory, the group says this was largely ignored by MILF’s military units. This explains why many terrorists and terrorist organizations are finding a safe haven in MILF enclaves.

In the Sarangani region, the Ansar Khalifa Sarangani (AKS) – a terror group reportedly receiving direct support from Indonesian jihadists – is said to be re-establishing Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)’s training camps. Meanwhile, Singaporean JI operative Lito Ribiyah aka “Muawiyah” is purportedly hiding in the Salvo, Patatin, Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak area controlled by MILF fighters. Muamar Askali, the leader of the radical wing of the Abu Sayyaf Group which pledged allegiance to ISIS, continues to roam freely in the Jolo-Sulu area.

Legalizing the MILF’s control over the “Bangsamoro territory” through the BBL will only make the region a staging ground for terrorism.


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  1. Odnalor Obirt on

    BBL is already PERFECT. It is the perfect way to destroy the oneness and democratic system of government of the Philippines. The anti-BBL all wants peace and improvements in all of Mindanao. This can materialized if and only if there are no armed groups that always oppose and/or harass those government projects for infrastructure and businesses. The armed groups in Mindanao wants to control all natural resources in Mindanao and have powers much more than the power of the Philippine Government. Unfortunately we have a president and his advisers who cannot see the true picture of the situation.

  2. Krissy Cingco on

    Naku naman, tama na please sa paninira at pagbabaliko ng isip. Come to think of it, when it comes to Muslim Mindanao, the ANTI-BBL people, a noisy rabble rousing minority, want TO DO NOTHING about the plight of our Muslim Filipino countrymen. The simple distinction may indeed be made:

    ANTI BBL want to DO NOTHING about Muslim Mindanao.
    and Pro-BBL want to DO SOMETHING.

    Just passed the BBL, it is not prfect, but it is the beginning, it would be blueprint to peace and security.

  3. Grace Castro on

    If you don’t like P-Noy. Don’t take it out on Muslim Filipinos who are yearning for a new region of opportunity and peace and cultural diversity in the Philippines.

    We have to be thankful that there is a reformist leadership now in MILF who willingly talked peace with government (under PNOY) in last three years to build the framework for peace we now know as the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the BBL. In these last three years in fact, peace has reigned and social development projects, infrastructure projects rolled in instead of tanks and artillery. Last year the region celebrated the CAB and saw the light at end the tunnel of their desolation, they saw the CAB and anticipated the BBL to make their peace and progress permanent. SO please stop spreading hatred and wrong theories.

    There will be new beginning. They must not lose hope!

  4. I don’t think ever intended to ‘cover up’ anything. What he’s doing is his work and his obligation. He’s only fulfilling what he has promised to do or what he believes is best for the interest of the country. These speculations are irrelevant and baseless to begin with, all aimed at shutting off the idea of having the BBL passed. Sure the possibility that the BBL might not be passed in the current administration is slightly high, but it will have to be passed by the next administration. I only hope that the next administration does not pass a watered down version of the original draft of the BBL.

  5. BBL is not the solution for peace in Mindanao and will create a lot of problem if implemented. Every Filipinos should oppose BBL.

  6. Here is the thing. AT the time ninoy made a promise to the muslims, it was at a different era of our time. Abu sayaf was unheard of, Osama not yet even known. The muslims of the world was milder then. Today it is a different scenario. There was Osama who wanted to promote peace by spreading islam and getting rid of the western world which to him was a life full of sin. Suicide bombers were not heard of, maybe there were a few unknown to us but not like what we have today, nations destroying nations because of religion. Take IsraEL for instance, many of them want to give land to the Palestinians, but it is not safe because there are people whose aim is to take away the whole land. Same with us, we have to think, really think and study what is best for us as a nation, not just fulfilling a promise made by ninoy and pursued by cory, cory didn’t know anything, just to fulfill a promise,and same thing with the son. we really have to look the what ifs and the what may.

  7. P.Akialamiro on

    Comncluding from the aforementioned ‘theory’, the negotiators and Pres. BS Aquino should be tried for treason. And, since there is already a case filed against the negotiators, it should be followed up to the finish.