Pols wooing MILF get turned away, says Iqbal

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Chief MILF negotiator Mohaqher Iqbal

COTABATO CITY—The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) chief peace negotiator said here “a lot” of politicians had been courting the rebel group to bolster their candidacies among the Moros.

“A lot of politicians have been wooing the MILF for support in the 2013 midterm balloting,” said Mohagher Iqbal in a radio interview on Thursday.

Iqbal, however, did not identify the politicians or the positions they were aspiring to.

But he said the MILF turned them away as the group’s policy of nonintervention in elections remained in effect despite it having signed a preliminary agreement for the establishment of a Bangsamoro government.

Iqbal said the MILF instead told the politicians to support the peace process because their positive stance could convince Moro voters to support their political bids.

Make it a priority

“[They should make it one of their] priority issues during the campaign period,” he said.

Iqbal said that while the MILF as an organization maintained its policy of not endorsing any candidate, it was not preventing its members from casting their ballots.

He said the rebel group had also made it clear to politicians that they could freely campaign in MILF territories at anytime, without having to shell out money for a “revolutionary tax.”

Iqbal said the MILF’s only interest these days is the success of the peace negotiations.

Beside security forces

This was also why, he said, the MILF would help to ensure that the balloting would be peaceful and orderly.

He said MILF guerrillas would be deployed alongside soldiers and policemen to help maintain the peace during the elections.

“In cooperation with the government and its military and police units, the MILF will help ensure safe and fair elections,” he said.

Iqbal said the MILF believed a peaceful balloting would also help the peace process.

In the past, the peace talks were repeatedly threatened by clashes, a number of which occurred during election season.

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  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    kilala nyo kung sino sino iyong mga politicos/party na “BOMB MILF”

  • kismaytami

    Saan naman kaya ang sunod na bobombahin ng mga teroristang ito?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rasol.abbas Rasol Abbas

    kismaytami.. huwag kang maghide ng pangalan. at dahan dahan ka sa pananalita mo. masama yan talaga.Karamihan, gusto ang kapayapaan, ikaw lang hindi gusto, Still treating them terrorists? why?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rasol.abbas Rasol Abbas

    ANG TUNAY NA TERORISTA, MANDOROKT, AT SINDIKATO AY ANG MGA TAONG NAGBITAW NG MASASAMANG SALITA SA KAPWA TAO, NA NAG ALYAS AT HINDI PARIN IPAKITA ANG LITRATO. KUNG HINDI KAYO DUWAG SA PANANALITA NINYO AGAINST SINO, ILAGAY NINYO YONG COMPLTE NAME AT TUTOONG PICTURE NINYO.THIS ONLY YOUR PROVOCATIONS?

    • Mamang Pulis

      ang terrorista ay ABU SAYAAF. Mga lost command ng MILF/MNLF. Mga ex bodyguard ng mga kasama mo sa gimba. hindi mga forumer dito….

  • virgoyap

    This is a wise decision for the MILF not to intervene in dirty politics.

  • eltee2012

    >>>HANGGANG NGAYON HINDI PA INILALANTAD AT INIHAHAYAG ANG TOTOONG BASEHAN AT NAGING CASHSUNDUAN SA PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT NG GRP AT MILF.

    >>>AT ANO ANG KANILANG (MILF) PANININDIGAN SA SABAH ISSUE?
    >>>BAKIT SILA NAKIPAG-CASHSUNDUAN O NAKIKIPAG-CASHSUNDO SILA (MILF) SA GOVT NI NGUYNGOY ? SAMANTALANG MAY UMIIRAL KASALUKUYAN AT ITO AY NASASAAD SA BATAS NA “ARRM” or whatever acroname.

    >>>BAKIT HINDI NILA KASAMA SA ANUMAN AGREEMENT ANG GRUPO NG MNLF?
    >>>ANG TUNAY BANG LAYUNIN NITO AY HATI-HATIIN SA “STATE” ANG MINDANAO? AT ANG BANGSAMORO GOVT NA NAIS NG MILF AY MANANATILING SAKOP AT REPUBLIKA , BANSA, AT PAMAHALAAN NG PILIPINAS? AT HIGIT SA LAHAT MAGPAPASA-ILALIM AT KIKILALANIN NILA ANG KAPANGYARIHAN NG SUPREME COURT AT ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES?

    >>>KUNG LAHAT NA KATANUNGAN NA IYAN AY WALANG POSITBONG SAGOT ANG MILF, TAMA LAMANG NA IHINTO AT HUWAG IPAGPATULOY ANG ANUMAN “AGREEMENT”.

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