MNLF exec calls for end to Moro fighting



ZAMBONAGA CITY, Philippines—The head of the Moro National Liberation Front’s Islamic Council called Tuesday for an end to fighting between MNLF guerrillas and Abu Sayyaf fighters on the island of Jolo in which in which up to 26 people have been reported killed.

“It pains me to know that we are fighting against our own people,”  Habib Mudjahab Hashim said, adding that those involved in the fighting were  legitimate MNLF members and former forces of the group that “have allied with the ASG.”

He said MNLF commander Ustadz Habier Malik’s men clashed with the group of Hadji Hajari Hassan, a former leader of the MNLF who has  reportedly joined  the Abu Sayyaf led by Raddulan Sahiron.

“What has happened is painful and sad and I am wondering what motivated the two to fight each other,” he said.

Hashim said the MNLF forces who were attacked by their former comrades did not know the terrain of the area as they came from other towns.

Hashim, however, said he received reports that Malik’s group “is now assembling back his forces for an attack.”

He said they were still awaiting word from MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari, who is in Egypt, on what to do.

Senior Supt. Antonio Freyra, Sulu provincial police chief, denied reports that Malik’s group was planning to attack the Abu Sayyaf camp when he and his men were ambushed on Sunday.

“Malik’s men were simply patroling the area they occupy,” he  said, referring to Camp Kan Masarin in the Datag village in the municipality of Patikul.

Chief Insp. William Conrad Gutierrez, Patikul police chief, also denied reports that Malik was regrouping his men.

“There were no monitored movements,” he said.

Gutierrez said that according to information gathered from the ground, at least seven MNLF members were killed and five were wounded in Sunday’s encounter. He said at least 13 Abu Sayyaf bandits were also killed.

An MNLF official on Monday said eight of their guerrillas were killed and beheaded by the bandits. Freyra said also on Monday that 18 bandits were killed in Sunday’s clash.

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  • Jose Mateo S. Boza

    NO! Don’t stop till you’ve wiped each other out! Please, we beg you, keep killing each other. At least you aren’t killing innocent Christians, for once.

  • $26606290

    Painful? Mag mefenamic ka.  Ituloy yan!

    You’ve just exposed your unwillingness to get rid of your criminal brothers. That makes you one of them. No wonder.

  • joboni96

    kailangang magkaisa ang bangsa moro

    para masipa ang imperyalista sa mindanao

  • $53950194

    Jeysus Christ!  Where are our troops?  Kasi ang mga nag aaway ay mga Muslim ay hindi na pipigilan ng Gobyerno?  These rebels have no place in this nation.  They NEVER owned camps or the likes!

  • Grin Olsson

    The Peace plan at hand is that the Moro Islamic people will be treated as an indigenous group of Filipinos that may entertain autonomy in a non-expansive territory of the Philippines. If they can not control the radical elements of the Islamic ideology where peace can not be obtained, then the government must used extraordinary firepower such as the BLU-82 to remove hostile elements from the entire region and entertain a mass population transfer of Islamists to a Muslim nation to assure the safety of all Filipinos. Such a concept in negotiations with Muslims is not new. During the reconquest of Europe, Muslims had the choice to convert to a different religion and remain or move to Africa. This was much more human that the Islamic conquest which killed all men above puberty, enslaved the women and children or forced marriages and required Christian boys to train under Muslims to kill Christians. If we can’t secure peace then it is time to bring the big bomb into the region and eliminate all of the terrorists that choose to kill their fellow man in the name of an ideology that has zero tolerance for anything other than their own when they live in a Christian value nation that affords even them to believe in God by their individual conscience so long as they allow all others the same right. That’s not too much to ask in order to avoid murdering and torturing other people. 

    • pioanonuevo

      Ano ba ibig sabihin nito FLAG AS INAPPROPRIATE?

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