Gov’t, MILF Condemn ‘Barbaric’ Killing of 9 Moros in North Cotabato

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By EDD K. USMAN

(SDN) — “BARBARIC!” (emphasis, SDN).

That’s how the government described the killing of nine Moros in Kabacan, North Cotabato.

“This barbaric attack shows the great lenght these lawless elements will go through to sow fear, anger and discord among the people,” the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said in a statement reaching SDN — Science & Digital News.

OPAPP, headed by Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, “condemns in the strongest possible terms the armed attack” perpetrated by still unidentified men or group on August 29.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (also) raised its voice against what it described as a “massacre.”

Through the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (MILF-BIAF), the group which is now running the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), condemned “the masscare of defenseless Muslims using high powered firearms in broad daylight in a provincial road.”

BIAF Chief of Staff Sammy Al Mansoor issued the statement.

Al Mansoor said “BIAF will ask the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a through and impartial investigation of the tragic incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

“Flower base” and other reactions

His statement was shared on Facebook by Abdulraof Macacua, eliciting many reactions.

One reaction from Abukhalid Pagapak, said in part: …”there are many Moros who are mercilesssly gunned down, yet only a resolution condemning these incidents was done by BARMM.”

Another comment by Yusuf Salendab Kiga in Maguindanaon tongue, translated: “The saying is true. Give them power in order to become weak. Our (Moro) leaders have become flower base. They don’t have teeth anymore. Very sad truth.”

More commenters said one of those “massacred in Kabacan was an MILF (member) under National Guard.”

On the other hand, OPAPP called for “sobriety and restraint” among Filipinos, saying “the government will leave no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators of these dastardly acts to justice.”

Galvez’s office also emphasized the peace mechanisms such as the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG). It added the CCCH and the AHJAG are now in close coordination with authorities investigating the killing.

In case anyone forgets, the MILF and the government had signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) back in March 2014. The CAB led to the establishment of the BARMM now being governed by the MILF with its chairman, now BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim.

It also led to the decommissioning of MILF combatants and their weapons. (✓)

 

 

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