• Priest gets flak for claiming payoff on SAF weapons

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga Sibugay: A Roman Catholic priest, who claimed the government paid Muslim rebels a huge amount of money to recover the firearms of slain police commandos, has been under attack in the Internet and dubbed as “a liar” and “immoral preacher.”

    “Eliseo Jun Mercado, sobra ang  kanyang pagsisindi ng apoy upang masunog ang Mindanao,” reads a post in the social media.

    “We Moros ay nagnanais ng kapayapaan. We don’t like war. We want peace. Ngunit hindi kami tatanggi ng labanan kung yan ang gusto ninyo,” the note said.

    Father Mercado, who is based in Cotabato City, claimed the government paid the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to surrender the firearms of 44 Special Action Force commandos, who were killed in a clash with rebel groups in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.

    MILF Vice Chairman Mohagher Iqbal dened the claim and said the trurnover of the weapons was a gesture of their sincerity to the peace process.

    Murad  Ebrahim, the MILF chieftain, said they paid token amounts ranging from P1,000 to P3,000 to redeem the guns from rebels and civilians.
    “They were token amounts,” he said.

    Murad said the MILF would not surrender their members involved in the gun battle with the commandos because “as far as the ceasefire was concerned, I recalled that both parties should take charge of the imposition of punishment to their own people.”

    He denied the MILF were involved in the killing of wounded commandos, which went viral in the Internet.

    “Noon nangyari yung pagbaril  sa wounded SAF, our men havealready withdrew from the area  dahil nagkaroon na ng ceasefire,” Murad said.

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    1. eltee mulawin on

      >>> Hindi pagsisindi ng apoy ang nilathala ng isnag Priest. Kasi nagkaroon na ng apoy sa pangyayari at isang KADUWAGAN AT BARABARO ANG PAGINAWANG PAGPASLANG SA MGA 44SAF.

      >>> Ang MILF at BIFF ay sadyang hindi basta magsusuko ng isang armas ng walang kabayaran. At kahit kailanman sa mga Pilipinong Muslim Rebels hindi kailanman aamin ng pagkakamali at hindi rin nila isusuko isa o ilan man sa kani-kanilang pamilya o kamag-anak na akusado o gumawa ng isang krimen. Bagkus ito ay tutulungan pa nila pagtataguin.

      >>>TAMA AT TUNAY NA TOTOO ANG LAHAT NA SINABI NI DATING PANGULO ERAP ESTRADA.

    2. The Roman Catholic priest is right. No matter how token or large the amount of money paid, those firearms and other properties were STOLEN. Nothing should be given for their return. It is a common decency; dead humans whether Muslims or Christians must be given the utmost respect. Oh I get it; maybe they don’t consider themselves “humans”.

    3. another term use is REDEEM , MEANING SINANGLA NG SAF ang mga baril doon sa MILF?

    4. the amount of 1,000 to 3,000 pesos are token amounts para isauli ang mga baril ng SAF, what is the difference between token and payment ?

    5. pag kidnapping ang bayad is for board and lodging, pag sauli ng baril ,tawag doon honorarium for safe keepping, thanks