Aquino’s mistrust of the MILF caused the Mamasapano fiasco – MCPA

January 30, 2015

By MCPA
Philippine police commandos load body bags containing the remains of SAF members killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, on January 26, 2015.

Philippine police commandos load body bags containing the remains of SAF members killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, on January 26, 2015. Image from AFP

President Aquino’s insincerity and treachery in the Moro peace process are all over the bungled PNP Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) operation against Marwan and Usman, FBI-tagged high value terrorists in Southeast Asia, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on 25 January.  He was fully aware that the PNP-SAF major operation dubbed “Oplan Wolverine” will be conducted inside MILF territory and within the perimeter area of three of the MILF Base Commands, yet Aquino deliberately disregards to inform the MILF leadership about it. It was an utter disrespect of the established protocols of the GPH-MILF peace agreement. It was Aquino’s naked treachery on the MILF he calls partner in achieving just and lasting peace in Mindanao.

President Aquino’s insincere peace initiatives and mistrust of the MILF have grave implication to the Moro and non-Moro peoples’ efforts to bring just and lasting peace in Mindanao.  The Mamasapano fiasco foments the general public’s unfair anger, if not hatred, on the MILF. Bias against the Moro people runs high which will seriously affect public support for peace in the south and degrade the just and legitimate aspiration of the Moro people for genuine self-determination.

The Mamasapano fiasco also weighs down on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) now being deliberated in Congress for enactment that will establish the Bangsamoro region in 2016.  His men and allies have become vocal in questioning the MILF authority and de facto power in Maguindanao and one of the proposed core Bangsamoro territories in the BBL. The fiasco opens opportunities for anti-Moro legislators to further dilute, if not reject, the BBL.

Aquino’s sympathy with the fallen 44 officers and enlisted men of the PNP Special Action Force is hypocrisy!  His call on the Filipino people, including the MILF, to continue supporting the Moro peace process and the BBL is empty and full of lies.

The interfaith people’s organization Moro-Christian People’s Alliance (MCPA) is in solidarity with the families of the SAF and MILF victims of the botched “Oplan Wolverine”, the Aquino-sanctioned counterterrorism operation of the PNP-SAF.

The MCPA calls on the Moro and non-Moro people, including the police officers and men involved in the Mamasapano operation to hold their commander-in-chief accountable for this tragedy, and to stand against the Aquino regime and expose its insincere and treacherous peace initiatives.###
 
 
Reference: Antonio Liongson, National Spokesperson, 09058248028