• Page Views 1232
  • Senator Chiz Escudero said he was puzzled why it took the Moro National Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) about six to seven hours to order its combatants to stop firing at the elite police force despite having knowledge that these were government troopers.

    Escudero raised this observation at the Senate hearing conducted earlier today by the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs with the Committees on Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, and the Committee on Finance, to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the January 25 Mamasapano clash that killed 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and injured about over dozen others.

    During the Senate investigation, Rashid Ladiasan, head secretariat of the MILF’s Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH), said that they received the information about the clashes between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.. Reports, however, showed that MILF fighters stopped firing past noon that day.

    At this point, Escudero asked: “Why did it take six to seven hours before the MILF instructed their men to stop firing? They only stopped when everyone was dead.”

    “We have an ongoing peace talks, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front already knew that the troops they were firing at were from the government. Why didn’t they stop firing?” Escudero pointed out.

    According to Ladiasan, lack of coordination and communication constrained the MILF from immediately carrying out a ceasefire.

    The senator also asked Justice Secretary Leila De Lima if the peace agreement would affect the course of seeking justice for the slain SAF troopers and hold MILF fighters responsible for the deaths of “Fallen 44” accountable, in accordance with the law.

    “Ma’am, just to clarify, correct me if I’m wrong, as a lawyer and secretary of justice, a peace agreement does not and will not change our criminal laws? The peace agreement does not grant amnesty?” Escudero asked.

    De Lima replied: “The fact that there is a peace agreement does not affect the power of the state to enforce its laws.”

    Escudero also recalled the incident in 2011 when 19 soldiers were killed by the MILF during clashes in Al- Barka in Basilan – an incident that he insisted should be raised in the peace talks between the government and MILF negotiators to ensure accountability.

    Share

    Related Post

    Related Blogpost

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 21 February 2019
      7 hours ago No comment

      PAL eyes Baguio flights

      Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is eyeing flights to-and-from Baguio City once the Loakan Airport reopens, the country’s chief economist said. “According to CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines), which was present during our meeting [last Thursday] at the Loakan Airport, the airport needs improvements for safety purposes, ...

    • 21 February 2019
    • 21 February 2019
      8 hours ago No comment

      Sharon Cuneta Canada Tour on March 1!

      Related

    • 21 February 2019
      8 hours ago No comment

      Bea Alonzo declares 2019 her ‘year for change’

      Kapamilya actress Bea Alonzo has declared 2019 as her “year for change,” telling herself she should get rid of her insecurities so she can “live more.” In her Instagram account on Sunday, Bea posted a photo of herself wearing a blue bikini in Coron, Palawan and shared how she ...

    • APL DE AP donated eye machine to Pampanga
      21 February 2019
      8 hours ago No comment

      Apl.de.ap donates retinal camera to Pampanga hospital for visually impaired kids

      Apl.de.ap of hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas continues to inspire with his advocacies including curing blindness and visual impairments in the country. Apl.de.ap, Allan Pineda Lindo in real life, was born clinically blind in Sapang Bato, Pampanga, and only got treatment for his eye condition in the United States ...

    %d bloggers like this: