Sotto to MILF: Help rescue kidnap victims

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SAMAL220150928Opportunity for the former rebel group to show what it can do for Mindanao

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THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) can prove it has mastery and control of Mindanao by going after the group of armed men who abducted foreign tourists and a Filipina on Samal island, Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd said on Sunday.

According to Sotto, the MILF is now presented with the opportunity to show it can help protect the people against lawless groups in Mindanao by joining efforts to rescue the four kidnap victims who were snatched by a still unidentified group on September 2.

Authorities on Saturday said they found an outrigger in Sulu suspected of having been used by the perpetrators.

The boat was found abandoned at the coastal town of Parang town in Sulu, but authorities could not confirm if the gunmen and their victims were in the area.

“This is an opportunity for the MILF to show that they too can protect the people against lawless groups in Mindanao,” Sotto said.

Sotto’s call comes amid his programmed interpellations on the proposed Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) or the alternate version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which was authored by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate committee on local government.

Both Houses of Congress are currently deliberating the proposed law which will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) that will be initially ran by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) composed mostly of MILF members.

The BTA shall serve as the interim government of the Bangsamoro during the transition period and shall exercise executive and legislative functions.

Marcos in an earlier interview said that under the original concept of the BTA, the body will be led by and composed of members of the MILF.

This was changed by Marcos in his substitute bill and allowed other groups to have representation in the BTA to make it inclusive.

Marcos said while the BTA will still be led by the MILF, indigenous people, sultanates, council of elders, the business sector and other parties that will be affected by the enactment of the BBL can expect to be represented in the BTA.

The Bangsamoro will also have its own Bangsamoro Autonomous Regional Police (BARP) and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Regional Police Board (BARPB) which will be under the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Police Commission (Napolcom) respectively.

Since the Bangsamoro autonomous region will have its own police force under the BLBAR, it would be a welcome move if the MILF will help in going after the kidnappers and rescued to victims.

The MILF was earlier accused by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano of coddling suspected terrorists particularly Zulkifli Bin Hir, alias Marwan, who was killed in an operation launched by members of the Special Action Force (SAF) last January 25.

According to Cayetano, the fact that Marwan’s hideout was situated 500 meters from the house of MILF commander Wahid Tondoc is enough proof that MILF is helping Marwan.

He added that for Marwan to be able to stay in an area surrounded by MILF, and other armed groups it means that he enjoys their protection.

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  1. napakaganda ang statement ni sen.sotto na magpapakita ng kabutihan at sincerity ang MILF sa naturang pangyayari sa pagdokot sa tga ebang bansa. pero napakahirap naman tanggapin sa panig ng MILF alam natin ang solotion sa problema ng KAGULUHAN,at ibpang crimenal sa mindanao ay bakit ayaw ninyo susuportahan dahil sa tingen mo MR SENATOR gaganda ang pamumuhay ng BANGSAMORO dapat kasi my sabatas na ang BBL upang saganon ay maganda ang pagsosolong ng BIAF.AFP,PNP, sa pagsugpo sa mga crimen dilang sa core territoryo ng BNGSAMORO kundi entire pilipins. ang hirap syo senator napakadli mong magsabi dapt mgpakita ng ablidad ang MILF pero dimorin gusto ang pagkakaroon ng BNGSAMORO .GOVERMENT.

  2. Sotto the plagiarist, has no original idea to speak of, instead of telling MILF to help in the rescue of the kidnapped individuals, he should have told the MILF leadership to issue a ‘stand down’ order to all its’ armed militia, and let the PNP and AFP give the power to chase down these bandits, to assert the PNP and AFP supremacy as the armed forces of the Philippines.

  3. Sotto is a useless senator that talk from his ass,asking the terrorist MILF to help rescue victims when the terrorist MILF is the godfather of extortion,kidnapping and murder in Mindanao.This an insult to the PNP and AFP that they cannot do their job,thats why our country will never progress because we keep recycling this useless and crook politicians.

  4. I love your concern Tito sotto. I also know that this is a trap on milf and bbl because sotto knows that milf will not help release on these captives. Take note that these captives means millions of dollars in ransom money. Soto is not stupid and not out of touch. He is just stating the useless campaign on the BBL. He knows that M I L F a bunch of criminals. I will vote for you mr. Soto . You are a master.

    • Soto is a corrupt trapo who stole his pork barrel allocation and gave it to Napoles in exchange for kickbacks. You are right tho he is a master thief of the people’s money.

    • No verson of BBL is good for this country. Anytime you negotiate with terrorist should never prosper. I will suggest that more govt money be invested in mindanao nation building. This is the key to help our mindanao brothers which is the poorest part of our country. Give them what they need, jobs and electricity malls and decent housing.

    • One of the goals of the Original BBL is to remove corruption in the Bangsamoro Areas or lessen it to the extent that you can’t feel it like in other countries.

      Every year the government gave Billions of funds for the development of ARMM, but only 40% is used for the development, 60% goes to the pocket of corrupt officials. With the current system of ARMM, even if you give more funds it will change nothing unless we change the system and create a better one (BBL). Atleast MILF has guts fighting corruption. Unlike the government who do nothing to fight it.

  5. Tito Sotto is again showing his lack of grasp with reality.
    How can the MILF help, when it is them that are doing the kidnapping? Toink!

    • You are correct.

      in addition, we can never trust Muslims when they deal with kafirs (nonMuslims) because of their ethically accepted practice of lies and deceit (taqqiya and kitma).

      Besides, they will always side with fellow Muslims more than their countrymen. This explains why they shamelessly profess allegiance to Malaysia over the PHL govt.

      Try researching from politicalislam dot com the article “When The Jihad Comes, Whose Side Will You Be On?”

    • I agree with jose that some muslims cannot be trusted but some are good muslims , the moderate muslims. I guess what jose should qualify is milf cannot be trusted. All of them are criminals. If anybody disagrees with this statement, show me a non criminal law abiding milf and i will prove him wrong. They are revolusionaries and anti govt. How can you prove me wrong.

    • Sotto gave his pork barrel money to Napoles for kickbacks but that’s alright since stealing the tax payers is what passes for politics in the Philippines.
      Might as well vote for the corrupt trapo since being dim witted and uninformed is also normal for the voters.

    • Fyi if the information on Sotto is true, how come govt did not sue him like Enrile et al. FYI are you lying, you shuld tell the truth and whatever statements you write must be under oath so the justice system can put you to jail where you belong.

    • Senator Soto is a genius. He has introduced bills in the senate that is good for this country. He is an old guard. One has to listen to him and learn. Soto carries with him a lot of wisdom. I hope and pray that we have a lot of Soto in this country.

    • There is a complete Napoles list on the internet dim-wit, educate yourself.
      type napoles list in google.

      There were 18 senators on the Napoles List that gave their pork barrel allocations in exchange for kickbacks and only 3 opposition senators were arrested. The Aquino administration only arrest the opposition.

      After 2 years you would think people wouldn’t be as uninformed as you dim-wits.

  6. I dont know what is Sotto’s point for asking MILF help to rescue kidnap victims in Davao. Do Sotto believes that our military forces in Mindanao is nothing but just like a toy soldiers who dont know how to think & dont know how to fight or he thinks our military is in connivance w/ the kidnappers. If that is the case then we should pullout all military personnel in Mindanao especially those high ranking generals & replace them w/ MNLF/MILF.