MILF works with gov’t to secure communities in Mindanao, says Palace official

January 28, 2014 11:19 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — With help from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the national government is convinced that it has enough capacity to prevent rebel groups from wreaking havoc in Mindanao.

After the signing of the final annex of peace agreement with the MILF last Saturday, members of its splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were reported to have attacked Maguindanao, alarming civilians.

While the military and the police are conducting joint law enforcement operations to serve arrest warrants against BIFF members, a Malacanang official said Tuesday that the MILF has already been of assistance.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a Palace briefing that with the MILF’s help, there is now “enough capacity to respond to the challenge coming from the BIFF.”

“According to the Philippine Army, the MILF are part of the operations to secure their communities and prevent entry of BIFF elements,” Coloma said.

“They (MILF) are the ones conducting the patrol, they are the ones looking for suspects with warrants of arrest when there was an encounter,” he added, this time in Filipino.

He also said that according to reports, one of the goals of the MILF was to impede the entry of BIFF in MILF communities.

“We are being proactive so that there will be no more worsening of the situation,” Coloma said, assuring that parties involved could continue to ensure peace and order.

He explained that was still the primordial duty of the national government to maintain law and order.

“(The) government’s efforts are on winning the peace in Mindanao,” the PCOO chief said. (PNA)

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