MILF Atrocities

Government should talk peace only with reasonable and respectable armed groups or it could end up looking dumb, like what the Arroyo administration is viewed with the way the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is acting. The attacks on villages in North Cotabato and recently Lanao del Norte also caused untold suffering on people in the area.

One can interpret the latest atrocities the MILF committed two ways: the MILF leadership does not have control over some of its commanders or the attacks are actually part of the rebel groups’ strategy of forcing the signing of the contested Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on ancestral domain. Either way, the group is not a good party to a peace talk.

MILF vice chairman for political affairs Ghazali Jaafar said attacks by a group led by Umbra Kato on North Cotabato and by another group led by Abdullah Macapaar a.k.a. Bravo on Lanao del Norte were a result of their dissatisfaction over the stalled agreement. If so, how much more destructive would they be if the Supreme Court totally junks the MOA?

The biggest indictment against the MILF is the trail of atrocities its commanders left in North Cotabato and Lanao del Norte, which included murder of unarmed civilians, hostage-taking, burning of houses, destruction of plantations, looting of properties, etc. This reduced the MILF to a bandit gang or terrorist group not worth negotiating with.

A reasonable and respectable rebel group like what the MILF is portraying itself to its patron, the Organization of Islamic Conference, should at least have knowledge of international humanitarian law. It must understand that there are rules to be followed to protect victims of armed confrontation. That separates the bandit from a true rebel group.

Article 4 of Protocol II (Protection of victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts of the Geneva Conventions states:

“1. All persons who do not take a direct part or who have ceased to take part in hostilities, whether or not their liberty has been restricted, are entitled to respect for their person, honor and convictions and religious practices. They shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction. It is prohibited to order that there shall be no survivors.

“2. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the following acts against the persons referred to in paragraph I are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever: (a) violence to the life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular murder as well as cruel treatment such as torture, mutilation or any form of corporal punishment;

“(b) collective punishments; (c) taking of hostages; (d) acts of terrorism; (e) outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment, rape, enforced prostitution and any form or indecent assault; (f) slavery and the slave trade in all their forms; (g) pillage; (h) threats to commit any or the foregoing acts.”

There are compelling reasons, therefore, for the Arroyo administration to stop negotiating with the MILF until: a) it controls its field commanders; b) it shows its sincerity in the negotiations by punishing commanders Kato and Bravo and the others who committed the recent atrocities; and c) it conducts its war in a civilized way.

(This came out on August 20, 2008 in my “Candid Thoughts” column in Sun.Star Cebu)

8 Responses to MILF Atrocities

  1. pinoyapache says:

    what if elements from “our side” created that scenario…to derail the peace process or perhaps to profit from war? all stones should not be left unturned when looking for shadows…

  2. Renato Pacifico says:

    MILF attrocities? NAH!!! The Association of Coin-Operated Pekeng-Peryodistas is to blame. WHAT???? Yes, they are to blame. Remember when Coin-Operated Pekeng-Peryodista Ces Drilon was kidnapped? The ASSoc of Coin-Operated Pekeng-Peryodistas decided to hold a news blackout because it might anger MILF or Abu Sayaff????

    Ha!ha!ha!ha! Well, they did angered MILF and Abu Syaff because they published Ces Drilon Kidnapping which these so-called rebels relish publicity. Ha!ha!ha! COIN-OPERATED PEKENG-PERYODISTAS DON’T HAVE LOGIC.!!!!

    Lucky we have the 5th Estate to watch and correct the so-called 4th Estate.

  3. Renato Pacifico says:

    Does anyone know why I didn’t get password to pekeng-columnista Ellen Tordesellas? Because I was sooo embarassingly critical to the logic of our proud and arrogant pekeng-peryodista. THAT’S FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The pekeng-peryodistas has FREEDOM TO BE DUMB AND STUPID. Fortunately, for these coin-operated pekeng-peryodistas majority of the Filipinos are dumb and dumber.

    So Filipinos are Dooomed and Dooomer

  4. Renato Pacifico says:

    MILF & Abu Sayaff relish publicity. They’d proudly parade and line up all decapitated heads for the press to see. Coin-operated-pekeng-peryodistas jostled to get a good shot at those heads swarmed with flies.

    Here comes Ces Drilon kidnapping. The coiin-operated-pekeng-peryodistas decided to hold news blackout so as NOT TO ANGER ABU SAYAFF.

    Ha!ha!ha! What do the coin-operated-pekeng-peryodistas think of 99.99% of Filipinos, STUPID?

  5. Renato Pacifico says:

    FACT: Terrorism is bad for the economy.
    FACT: Ayala doyen of business
    FACT: Glorietta Explosion
    FACT: CIA, Mossad and Chinese and Australian intelligence agencies came to Philippines to invistigate. Because they too are worried. And aside, Filipinos are not intelligent enough to invistigate.
    FACT: CIA, Mossad and Chinese and Australian invistigators found that it was methane build-up
    FACT: NBI said it was component of consumer toothpaste that made the boiler explode. NOW THIS IS REALLY FUNNY FROM FBI-ACADEMY-TRAINED LAWYER/INVISTIGATORS. If these NBI are stupidendously dumb I wonder how much IQ the rest of the Filipinos have.
    FACT: Pyroteknik-expert Ayala insisted it was terrorist bombing. So, therefore, Terrorism is good for economy. ha!ha!ha! AND WHERE ARE THE COIN-OPERATED PEKENG-PERYODISTAS normally ascerbic, acidic toxic redicules. NONE. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.
    FACT: Makati Business Club (mostly tisoys and tisays) was worried about Ayala’s angle. They also invistigated. THERE NEVER WAS ANY PEKENG-PERYODISTAS DOGGEDLY covering MBC’s findings. I THINK POOR PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES DON’T KNOW UNTIL NOW THE RESULT OF MBC’S FINDINGS.
    FACT: Philippine Supreme Court will decide on SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS of Mossad and FBI and Austrlian and Chinese agencies. WHAT? SCIENCE IS ABSOLUTE. WHY DO WE NEED SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE WHETHER methane is methane that exploded. DUH!!!!! WERE THERE COIN-OPERATED PEKENG-PERYODISTAS REDICULING THE SUPREME COURT???? NAH! ZERO! ZILCH! NADA!

    BASTA TISOY AT TISAY AND KONTRA HILOM!!!!! It’s either hilom kasi nabili na or hilom takot.

    WHERE IS THE PROUD “THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD?”

  6. Renato Pacifico says:

    TERRORISM IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY! It seems according to Ayala. And the pen is so silent.

  7. Renato Pacifico says:

    FACT: Mayor Isjani lives in Abu Sayaff infested area
    FACT: FBI-Academy-trained-PMA-graduate accused Major Isjani and son for pocketing some of the ransom money.
    FACT: Double crossing Abu Sayaff gets you killed.
    FACT: Stealing from Abu Sayaff gets you killed.
    FACT: Until now Mayor Isjani is still alive.
    FACT: Coin-Operated-pekeng-peryodistas either cannot connect the dots or just so stupid to connect the dots
    FACT: Coin-operated-pekeng-peryodistas didn’t redicule the FBI-Academy-Trained-PMA-graduate Superintindent if ever they were able to connect the dots
    FACT: Why would coin-operated-pekeng-peryodista redicule the hen that lays the golden egg. Meaning, why would would they hit a news source?

    The pekeng-peryodistas are dumbing the filipinos.

    I look at peryodista profession as a noble profession. I look at them as literatis and intelligent. They let the Filipinos down.

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