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MANILA, Philippines—A high ranking official of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) died, MILF political affairs chief Ghadzali Jaafar on Friday announced.

Aleem Abdul Azis Mimbantas suffered a stroke and died at 10:25 p.m. on Thursday, Jaafar told reporters by phone.

“With sadness, we announce the untimely demise of Vice Chairman Mimbantas,” Jaafar said. “The MILF mourns this passing of a senior member of the MILF Central Committee.”

Reports of Mimbantas’ death spread like wildfire here Friday and in other parts of Mindanao.

MILF officials earlier declined to confirm the reports, saying they were still awaiting confirmation from his family in Butig, Lanao del Sur.

But a source close to Mimbantas’ family said the rebel official was traveling home to Butig from this city on Thursday when he showed signs of a heart attack.

“He was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital but he died along the way,” said the source, who requested anonymity.

Mimbantas was reported to be 65 years old.

Jaafar earlier told the Inquirer that Mimbantas died in his sleep inside Camp Palestine in Butig, Lanao del Sur.

Mohagher Iqbal, the MILF chief negotiator in peace talks with the government, said the rebel group will make a formal announcement on Mimbantas’ death after getting “official word from his family.”

Abul Alibasa, a Maranao youth leader, described Mimbantas’ death as  cause for mourning among the Bangsamoro.

He described the rebel leader as “hero in the Bangsamoro struggle for self-determination.”

“We join the Bangsamoro people in mourning the death of a hero,” Alibasa said.

Alibasa said he and other Moro youth leaders were going to Butig on Friday “to pay our last respects to an influential figure in our self-governance quest.”

In Muslim custom and tradition, the dead should be buried within 24 hours.

Mimbantas, is a native of Masiu, Lanao del Sur.

Mimbantas, who was educated at the Al-Azhar University in Egypt along with many senior MILF leaders,  was previously rumored to be the next MILF chief. He was vice chair for external affairs when Salamat Hashim died in 2003.

When Murad Ebrahim, then vice chairman for military affairs, was named MILF chief after Hashim’s death, Mimbantas was appointed in his stead.

Reports from Richel Umel, Ryan Rosauro and Edwin Fernandez, Inquirer Mindanao; and Frances Mangosing

Originally posted at 11:42 a.m.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leon-Yobar/100002513487017 Leon Yobar

    History tell us that muslims are not in good faith in any treaty since 1751 up to now so why deal with them, history tell us also that mindanao is not part of the Philippines why not create mindanao as a separate state

    • generalproblem

      thats a big No WAY

      • redpula

        they are no longer asking for a separate state but autonomy, in my opinion it is better to appease our fellow filipino than appeasing a greedy country and violator of international law

      • generalproblem

        what?

    • 18C0501

      creating mindanao as a separate state??? yan nga ang gusto ng mga MUSLIM dahil sa kanila daw ang mindanao. yan ang palagi nilang sinasabi. kaya nga cla ng rerebelde. at kahit balibaliktarin mo cla, walang mangyayari dahil sadyang mahilig lng talaga cla sa mga kathang isip.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leon-Yobar/100002513487017 Leon Yobar

        Only the true Mindanaoan can solve the muslim insurgency, we know our culture our people and our language. Mindanao must be a separate state and we can improve more than Singapore!

      • murtson

        Mindanao must separate from the Philippines under a inter-tribal management. Look how Malacanang response to the brownout in the island. So pathetic!

        Taiwan is only 5/8 in size of Mindanao. Singapore is just as big as one of its province. It is being controlled and duped by imperialist Manila. Someone should start the campaign for the separation. Otherwise, it will remain as stagnant and corrupt as the Malacanang- led government.

        Mindanao can become a better place and country if it separates from the Philippines. The stupid bastards in Malacanang are doing nothing for the island’s progress. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TVUT7G6UCDC5DCL3XXFNCOAV6U Montse

      OMG, don’t give Mindanao. i am a native there. These people are harrassing  the non-muslims. The muslims are only few, that’s why they are so noisy.

  • generalproblem

    yan isa isa na silang kinukuha ni lord ang babait kasi nila eh hehehehe. sana kuni na sila para tahimik na sa mindanao

  • Bulagas

    baka susunond na si pwenoy……… para naman umunlad na tayo

  • kismaytami

    Sweet!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    may their tribe increase (those who fill fall asleep forever).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Rams/1826483848 James Rams

    paging Pnoy – noynoying ka pa ba?/ – di mo ba nabasa eto: mayron silang; Camp Palestine in Butig, Lanao del Sur !!!

    samantal – tayo binibenta natin ang campo natin.. sa bulsa lang napunta!
     
     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRLWUTE6TYKA332DDUG5E2YGUQ Sandiego

    ok wannabe spaniards, but it’s not the muslims you brainwashed, conquered people should be worried about….china is coming to take your land, and nothing you can do about it, thanks to your wonderful government in manila who pockets every cent instead of investing in the country. your country can’t even afford rubber bullets, no navy ships(and your an island nation), no jets, how do you plan on defending your country?? oh that’s right beg america your masters for help…how do you plan on paying the americans back?? you great government has no money….oh that’s right do what you always do, give your women to the americans, that’s your best currency….you people are pathetic and low…by the way you don’t own mindanao and to think about it you don’t even own the philippines, that was gifted to you by america.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MYSV36GGQ44VTCTNICYWDKSE5Q Dipaloloko

      another noisy, uncivilized chink who thinks he’s all-knowing

      • kismaytami

        tsekwang-tsekwa mag-Ingles…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IWSC74JRY6R3OJ6DO4XJUWECS4 paranoid_penguin

      if you cannot say it very well in English….say it in your own language!….your a shame of your race!!….lol

      • murtson

        “you’re”…  not “your”… lol.

  • kismaytami

    Best news of the day.

  • daniboy2012

    moderator how can you allow this Sandiego comments and not my previous comments ..I just want  to rebuke his repugnant and mean spirited comment….

  • Palparan

    Good news ito…

    yung ibang MILF, kelan kaya mamatay?

  • generalproblem

    langhiya itong mag milf na ito. lumalaban sa sa gobyerno pag mamatay na sa ospital din ng gobyerno pupunta hehehe. malamang nilason na yan ng mg adoctor dun at nurse para bawasan kahit papano ang ang mga milf. a big thanks to the doctors sa ospital na pinagdalhan. paano ba naman di ma stroke yan apat ang kinakakama. kaya dumadami ang muslim eh dami asawa.

  • daniboy2012

    peace be upon to our mujahideen…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y74B6RY5N37I5JG2KAFGKGFPFA F**kinMO

     As devout Muslims continues to wreak havoc upon innocent people, it is high time for the nominal (moderate) Muslims with civilized conscience, who have reservations / doubts about Islam, to study Islamic texts carefully to understand what Islam truly stands for and consider whether it is worth embracing it as their faith, their guide to life. It’s certainly better to be an infidel and free human than being a hypocrite, which is safer for all of humanity too.

  • sagbotgamot

    “…sa isang bulaklak na malagas ay may isang libung bulaklak na tutubo!” Mabuhay ang Bangsamoro!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leon-Yobar/100002513487017 Leon Yobar

    For generation of politicians i dont see any serious agenda for Mindanao only false hope and the only way is to separate as a state and we will prove that we can do more than what the imperial manila leaders yet mindanao can progress more than singapore.

  • murtson

    Pinoy must go and attend the wake of his friend MILF Jaafar whose group he rewarded with 5 million pesos. But the Ampatuan massacre victims, not a single cent of sympathy. O-ts-tic.

  • murtson

    Mindanao must separate from the Philippines under a inter-tribal management. Look how Malacanang response to the brownout in the island. So pathetic!Taiwan is only 5/8 in size of Mindanao. Singapore is just as big as one of its province. It is being controlled and duped by imperialist Manila. Someone should start the campaign for the separation. Otherwise, it will remain as stagnant and corrupt as the Malacanang- led government.Mindanao can become a better place and a prosperous country if it separates from the Philippines. The stupid bastards in Malacanang are doing nothing for the island’s progress. 

  • murtson

    East Timor did it. Mindanao can do it too.

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