A disturbing image was tweeted by Al Jazeera correspondent Jameela Alindogan today showing what appears to be a heavily-armed fighter of the Islamic terrorist group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) posing next to a campaign poster of Opposition Yellowtard candidate and “vice president” Leni Robredo.
It would indeed be interesting to understand what exactly the position the Robredo camp takes with regard to the MILF. The MILF and the older more moderate Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) go way back. The origins of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as a militant breakaway group from what was once considered a more “moderate” MNLF was over disagreements with the direction being taken by the MNLF leadership back in 1977 towards renouncing its own separatist agenda in favour of a more “conciliatory” deal with Manila then, a direction which bore fruit ten years later for the MNLF.
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In January 1987, the MNLF signed an agreement relinquishing its goal of independence for Muslim regions and accepting the government’s offer of autonomy. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the next largest faction, refused to accept the accord and initiated a brief offensive that ended in a truce later that month. By one estimate the Mindanao-based Moro Islamic Liberation Front fielded around 3,000 troops.
The MILF are responsible for the massacre of 44 elite officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) in 2015. The final report of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Board of Inquiry (BOI) organised to investigate this massacre is available and can be downloaded from the official PNP website here. The massacre transpired in the midst of the execution of “Oplan” Exodus personally overseen by then president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III which aimed to “neutralize high value targets (HVTs)” consisting of international terrorists wanted by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The military fears Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) might mingle with Moro Islamic Liberation Front members to elude pursuing Philippine Army troopers in Central Mindanao.
Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs office, said one of the challenges in the all-out offensive against the BIFF was the possibility both rebel groups might reunite. The BIFF is a breakaway group of the [Moro Islamic Liberation Front] which is nearing a peace agreement with the government.
In short, the Philippines and its people, from a military perspective, have only one strategic enemy — bad armed men who kill people in an organised manner in the name of a movement or religion.
How do the members of the campaign team of Robredo feel about being supported by this nefarious terrorist group? An answer to that question is not likely to be forthcoming considering the Yellowtards’ track record of being tight-lipped when it comes to glaring inconsistencies in the underlying ideology of their dishonest “movement”. As such, one can only wait in hope that the truth is out there somewhere. For now, abangan ang susunod na kabanata.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.