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MILF tells Reds to respect its struggle



OZAMIZ CITY—Breaking its silence, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has asked communist rebels to respect its own struggle for self-governance over predominantly Moro-populated areas in Mindanao.

“We hope this appeal will not be like a voice in the wilderness,” said a recent statement posted on the official MILF website.

It noted that it avoided being dragged into a verbal tussle with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) because it is not beneficial to either of them.

But the MILF said it was forced to respond in order to put a stop to the “one-way verbal assault.”

The MILF, which is about to wrap up 16-year peace negotiations with the government, pointed to the 44th anniversary statement of the CPP last Dec. 26 as having “criticized the MILF bitterly,” particularly its decision to forge with the Aquino administration the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

The communist leadership found this move not different from the action of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in 1996—surrender.

“In crucial provisions of the agreement, the MILF submits to the authority of the oppressive state based in Manila and gives up the possibility of seceding and establishing an independent Bangsamoro state,” the CPP statement read.

“Essential points for four annexes on transitional arrangements and modalities, power sharing, wealth sharing and normalization … confirm the submission of the MILF to the sovereignty and constitutional processes of the Manila government,” it further said.

The CPP claimed that the provisions on normalization “subject the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the MILF to decommissioning while allowing the continuing presence (of government) troops in Bangsamoro lands.”

With the MILF supposedly pacified, the communist rebels said the erstwhile rebel group could be used “for the political and economic purposes of Manila and Washington.”

Later incidents saw the CPP using the “MILF analogy” to explain its position vis-à-vis that of the government.

In a Jan. 4 statement dealing with some issues surrounding its synchronized Yuletide ceasefire with the government, the CPP warned the government that communist rebels, unlike the MILF, cannot be tricked into submission to its political authority.

“In the case of the MILF, the Aquino government has even attempted to further subject it to the GPH authority by trying to renege on one of the key points in the framework agreement in insisting on appointing the chair of the yet-to-be-formed Transition Commission,” the CPP further said.

In response, the MILF said it “finds the Aquino administration a real partner in peacemaking.”

“We do not intend to defend or glamorize the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the four annexes … The agreement will prove its correctness or incorrectness in the course of time,” it stressed.

The Moro revolutionaries appealed to the CPP “to give the MILF the benefit of the doubt whether its decision to sign the framework agreement with the Manila government would redound to the benefits of our people, or it is a doomed exercise.”

The MILF explained that the current agreement is far different from the one forged by the MNLF in 1996.

“We appeal to the CPP not to judge the MILF and its policies and decisions on the basis of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology… The MILF and the CPP are coming from two different points,” the group said.

“The CPP believes in armed struggle as the sole route to people’s liberation, while the MILF gives armed struggle and nonarmed struggle almost equal footing in freeing the Bangsamoro from bondage,” it added. Ryan D. Rosauro, Inquirer Mindanao


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  • Platypus09

    Again, booo to the communism.

    These communists will never win. They are the ones manipulated by the stupidity of their arrogant leaders even to the point of wasting their lives and democratic rights. How can they let their lives ruined by these non-sense leaders? These bandits don’t make sense either.

    To these bandits, GET A LIFE..!!!

  • Markov Chain

    Mas bibilib ako sa cpp puke na mga yan kung papatayin nila ang mga kurakot na lider ng gobyerno. Sasali ako sa inyo. Pero sa tingin ko ang balak ng mga pukeng ito ay mag lider lideran din at maging mas kurakot pa sa gobyerno. Pwe!

    • Bonggebongge

      Nadale mo chong…mga pekpek talaga yang mga yan…

  • Loggnat

            If and when the MILF takes the rein of their autonomous region, they will be a fair target for the CPP-NPA group. The MILF better get that in their head because once they take over, they are the establishment that the NPA is sworn to take down and destroy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYOOV4G4NWE3DFFO5ZFW4DQE7Y Woo Hoo

    if i were a local communist, i would begin to wonder whether my “comrades” basking in the luxurious retired life in europe still has my best interests in mind…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    So the government can also ask the communists to respect its struggle for a democratic rule for the rest of the country? How ridiculous can we get?

  • Mux

    Respect? These MILFers want respect? All they want to do is kidnap, extort so they can get rich! What respect? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    it’s a good thing the MILF finally got into some acceptable form of agreement with the central government..while the commie guys are still extorting, and harrassing the countryside, in the guise of “fighting” a revolution…  

  • $8278216

    Kayong mga CCP ginagamit lamang ninyo ang mga kabataan at ang kahirapan upang maka kuha ng kasapi. Hinde papayag ang masang pilipino sa style ninyong bulok at mga corrupt. Wala naman kayong pinag iba sa mga bulok na mga politico. Kaya magsi uwi na kayo sa inyong mga pamilya at isipin ang kinabukasan ng inyong mga mahal sa buhay ,Baket hinde na lamang ninyo ipaglaban na maging legal ang inyong partido upang makasli,marinig ang inyong mga tinig at makatulong kayo sa pagpapaunlad ng ating bayan, o gumaya sa ating mga kapatid na muslims sa pagpili ng katiwasayan? hwag kayong maging swapang o guwaya sa china at russia dahil ni sa panaginip hinde ito mangyayari dito sa MAHAL NAMING PILIPINAS.

  • Bonggebongge

    CPP-NPA…mga U LO L….

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    mga kaka

    bigyan natin chansang
    magtagumpay
    ang bangsa moro peace and development

    stronger pilipino
    stronger resistance

    to u.s. imperialism and recolonization

    and

    to hegemonistic  intsik switik sea/islands grabbing and
    control of pilipino economy

    go on with your struggle
    to oust the recolonizing imperialists



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