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Ameril Umbra Kato, seated, the commander of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the breakaway faction of the largest Filipino Muslim rebel group, is interviewed by the media inside his rebel stronghold in Maguindanao province in southern Philippines. AP/Nickee Butlangan

Malacañang sees the breakaway of a hard-line commander from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as a cause for concern if this is officially confirmed by the Muslim rebel group during the peace talks on August 22.

Ameril Umbra Kato, blamed for some of the country’s deadliest attacks in recent years, has formed his own group with hundreds of fighters to wage a war for a separate homeland.

“If we receive official communication from the MILF, it would be a cause for concern for us,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

The MILF said Kato had gone rogue because he opposed peace talks with the government.

“Until he returns to the fold, he is considered a lost command,” MILF vice chair Ghazali Jaafar said. “He (Kato) wants us to stop the negotiations saying it is going nowhere.”

KL talks

The government and the MILF would sit down for formal peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur on August 22.

“And, of course, that will be raised again with the MILF,” Lacierda said in yesterday’s news briefing in Malacañang.

Kato acted up after President Benigno Aquino personally met with MILF chair Murad Ebrahim in Tokyo, where they agreed to forge a peace agreement under the present administration.

Malacañang earlier acknowledged the possibility of the government having to deal with another armed group even if it reaches an agreement with the MILF after the group declared the forces of Kato a lost command.

But Lacierda has downplayed the threat posed by Kato saying the forces under his command “is not big” compared to those of other MILF commanders.

Asked earlier if the government is concerned that the country might have to deal with another Moro rebel group after it reached an agreement with the MILF, Lacierda said, “That is a possibility but again that will be discussed in the August 22 meeting.”

Lost command

“I think that should be resolved. That will be tackled with (GPH peace panel chair) Marvic Leonen. Again those are the concerns. What are the implications or consequences of being considered a lost command,” Lacierda said.

“Does it mean that we can go after them, we can go after Umbra Kato? Those kinds of questions. Those need to be addressed so that it will be clear and therefore avoid a situation where they will be accusing the AFP of moving on its own without informing the MILF,” he added.

He said the government expects the MILF to address their internal issue with Kato.

Kato organized his new group last year after giving up his command of a major MILF unit on health grounds, and has ignored repeated pleas to return to the fold, Jaafar said.

“He wants independence, which is contrary to the position of the MILF—which is strong local autonomy,” Jaafar said.

Signaling he remained a dangerous force, Kato’s breakaway group clashed with MILF soldiers in rural villages this month, leaving 16 people dead and forcing 3,000 civilians from their homes.

2008 attacks

Kato also led Mindanao-wide attacks by hard-line MILF factions in 2008 after the Supreme Court outlawed a draft peace deal that would have given the organization control over vast areas of the south.

About 400 people died and 750,000 were forced from their homes in that conflict.

Nevertheless, Jaafar insisted Kato’s group was an “insignificant force.”

He said the breakaway group should not affect peace talks, but the MILF would brief the government about the developments in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Kato said he left because his former group chose to “waste time” by deciding to negotiate with the government for expanded autonomy instead of waging a battle for an independent Muslim homeland that would liberate minority Muslims from crushing poverty and neglect.

“We’ve been going around and around wasting money and look where the peace talks have brought us,” Kato said. “The roots of the conflict have not been solved.”

But MILF spokesperson warned Kato that “he will be accountable for his actions, which will no longer have any bearing on the MILF.”

“It’s a process of elimination,” Al Haq said. “At the end of the day, all those who couldn’t hold firm on our basic principles fall on the wayside.” With reports from AFP, AP


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  • http://twitter.com/PatrickN44 Patrick

    How can these people just say that Kato’s group is insignificant? Has amnesia set in the heads of Lacierda and the rest of the people in Malacañang? The Abu Sayyaf was composed of MNLF and MILF members. The Abu sayyaf remains the smallest yet strongest group and has been around for about 30 years now. 

    I say no peace deal until the MILF takes care of Kato. We can’t keep making deals with a hydra that will spring forth a new head every time we take care of the other. Our country has been fighting this insurgency for about 40 years now. Our government should know better.

  • Anonymous

    History repeat itself! milf broke away from mnlf when misuari folded during tobacco’s time at ngayon eto naman si kato formally humiwalay na sa milf…….ang pagkakaiba lang ay ang bilang ng milf nung humiwalay sa mnlf ay talagang marami kumpara kay kato na 300 lang daw…….pero hindi dapat i-undermine ang bilang dahil yung abu-sayyaf nga ay parehas lang din ng bilang at mas maliit lang ang iniikutan ay hindi pa mapatay ng mga militar (puro kasi ghost soldiers lang ang pinapadala siguro) eto pa kaya na grupo ni kato na mas malaki ang puwede ikutan……..at malamang na ang ibang puwersa ng milf ay may simpatiya dito kay kato……..

  • Pulis Na Pogi

    First, it was the MNLF.  When a peace pact was reached with them, MILF emerged as a “break away” group.  Now we negotiate again with the MILF.  And Umbra Kato’s group emerges.  Then we negotiate with Umbra Kato.  And Kato Umbras group emerges.  Talking is not the way with these a$$holes.

    Do the Erap formula.  Bomb them to smithreens and talk the language they understand:  war!

    • Anonymous

      yes erap formula!!! noong administration ni ramos at cory aquino lumaki ang ulo nila ganoon din kay gloria.ngayon parang ganoon din.

  • http://www.facebook.com/almaragos George Ag Marohombsar

    Kato’s group was an “insignificant force.” he had only 400 ppol got killed and 750,000 were forced from their homes way back..2008..HOW INSIGNIFICANT! pnoy can go on w/ his oil exploration w/o this unconstitutional peace talk w/ MURAD, if Ustaz KATO is that insignificant…it’s him who does the ACTION..while murad is busy fattening his pocket out of an unending negotiations..what a bloody  business….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IOQ4UHZ3OCDDBDOWCA5O3AEQBM Cayetano

    Return to step 1. . It’s just a cycle . . or maybe it’s part of their strategy which the government fail to recognize.    As I see it, there are lots of option for the government but in my opinion one solution to counter their acts is to armed and train the civilians to fight. They can not expand and influence the community when the community can resist to their movements. As I said before, he who has a gun rule but if everybody has a gun, no body rules. . . 

  • Guest

    Pusong mamon.

  • Anonymous

    Alam ng mga nanunugkulan at ng kalipunan ng ating bayan na sadyang may karamdaman ang bansa natin sa bagay na yan simulat’ simula pa.  Napakarami ng “doktor” at “herbolario” ang tumingin at nag-reseta ng gamot para sa karandaman o sakit ng lipunan na yan…..pero BOKYA pa din ang mga kasagutan.

    Walang pag-aalangan na talagang malaking problema ang usaping yan…ang mga kabayan nating mga Muslim…..sa Mindanao o kung saan pa man,,,pero parating maling gamot ang nabibigay sa sakit.  Tila higit na lumalalala ang sakit mula pa noon.

    Dito na lamang sa MM, madaling matunghayan ang pagtitipon-tipon ng mga Muslim sa mga kabayan nilang mga Kristiano.  Madaling malaman kung nasaan matatagpuan agn mga ghetto o tambayan ng mga Muslim….ilalim ng tulay ng Quiapo, Greenhills shopping center, at Taguig. Mistlang mga diaspora ang nangyayari sa mga Muslim sa MM.

    At ano ang pinabatayan ng lipunan? PERA!  Yong mga Muslim na ma-datung, ke-dali-daling tanggapin at makilahok sa sa pangkalahatang lipunan at malaya silang nakakagalaw sa kung saan-saang mararangya at magagarang mga subdivision. PERO yong mga wala, tulad din ng mga Instik noon, naka-grupo sila sa kapwa nilang mahihirap na Muslim.

    Sa aking pananaw, ang hindi mabuting pagtanggap ng mga kapwa nating kabayan at hindi din mabuting pagtingin ng mga Muslim sa kanilang kabayang mga Kristiano ang ugat ng hindi pagkaka-unawaan.

    At ano ang lunas sa suliranin?  The Golden Rule.  Gawin sa kapwa mo ang nais mong gawin ng kapwa mo sa iyo. Hindi madaling gawin, ngunit hangga’t na-abot ang pakikipag-kapwang antas na yan, hindi makakamit ang pinakamimithing layunin ng pagkaka-isa ng bayan sa ngalan ng kapayapaan.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PPSHX2WQDC664ASRV6X2K5EVEQ Mind Lumayag

    Talk peace with the MILF and at the same time wage war with BIFF. That’s the way it is, kung ayaw nila ng katahimikan. But next time hit hard to finish them quick.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PPSHX2WQDC664ASRV6X2K5EVEQ Mind Lumayag

    hina ng ulo ni Kato, akala nya ganon ka simple ang usapin sa pagitan ng gobyerno at MILF. Kaya nga tumagal ng apatnapung taon ang gera dahil maraming mga dapat bigyan ng pansin sa magkabilang panig. Sabagay kaya sya humiwalay dahil ang gusto nya ang ibig nyang masunod, which is hindi pwede.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PPSHX2WQDC664ASRV6X2K5EVEQ Mind Lumayag

    Let Erap talk to Kato, hahahahaha. Sila ang magka tapat.

  • Anonymous

    Discreetly triple the number of soldiers and equipped them with powerful weapons. This is not only for the active faction of MILF but also for the Abu Sayyaf and for other aspiring revel groups. Even if the peace talk agreement will be signed, we never know if new rebel group will be formed.

    Learned from the case of United Kingdom. There was revel group who believed that the Northern Ireland (a state in the UK) should be given back to them. They bombed London and other parts of England but the UK government strengthen their soldiers and did a lot of strict measures to capture the revels. 

    In the case of the Philippines, why the all out war strategy not working? Simple, poor military strategy (at puro corrupt ang mga generals) and lack of full support from the government. Plus, there are civilians or relatives that are keeping the rebels. All civilians who will do that need to be jailed as well.

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    Ano pa ba ang hinihinay natin? Lalo lang lumalaki ang mga ulo ng mga ulupong na ito. Bigyan mo ng pansin lalong yumayabang. Sabi ng kaibigan ko na taga Mindanao sandali lang iyan kung gugustuhin ng militar natin. Ganoon ba kalaki ang Mindanao kaya nahihirapan tayong mahuli ang mga suwail na yan? Hindi pupuwede ang BansaMoro, susunod niyan Bansabiff, tapos, Bansa… at blah blah blah. Takot pala sila kay Erap, e, di si Erap kaya ang gawing spokesman natin sa kanila.

  • Anonymous

    I believe federalism will solve the problem in mindanao but with this confusion of who represents  on muslim dominated part of mindanao it makes me uneasy dealing with MILF groups.  I don’t think napapanahon pag usapahan ang kapayapaan sa mindanao while we negotiate with MILF kahit mawala ang sakit sa ulo natin sa mga ito may papalit na naman na bagong sakit na ulo sa gobyerno na parating.  Kung ako lang masusunod ibibigay ko na ang sinumpang lugar na yan… Problem is we been waging war in mindanao since marcos time billions of pesos allocated to fund our troops and military hardware in mindanao with little results kasi walang may bayag na presidente na kayang durugin ang mga ito I think si ERAP lang atang sira ulo na presidenting kayang polbosin ang mga ito, Kaso nga lang giyera niya sa mindanao billion-billion din ang ginastos kaya lalong nabaon tayo sa utang. Madali lang po iyan if we want PEACE then dalawang solution lang po…..

    1.) ibigay natin ang gusto nila ( separate state ) (for sure simabahan ayaw itong sektang ito ang
    malaking NO-NO sa solution ni Arroyo na autonomy e wala di namang ibang solution)

    2.) tuldukan ang matagal ng problema na ito, It would be bloody and costly but ito po ay permanent solution hindi ito band aid solution na naiisip ng current administration.

    Both solution po ay permanent wag napo nating patagalin itong problema na ito dahil lahat ng Filipino ay nag su-suffer sa dinudulot nitong epekto sa atin

  • joaquin rada

    i think our muslim brothers in mindanao are trying to fool the phil. government. originally, they have the mnlf. then when we tried to make peace with them, they formed the milf & broke away from mnlf. now that we’re trying to make peace with milf, another group set up its own, the biff. unless they joined together & be in one solid legitimate group, the phil gov’t. should not make peace with them. kung sila nga mismo, hindi magkasundo-sundo, how can we make peace with them. NILOLOKO LANG NILA TAYO AT ANG GOBYERNO! (anyways, what does biff mean, best informal friends forever?) 

  • Anonymous

    Very funny, why the government of the Philippines is so concerned about a MILF breakaway group headed by Kato and why the government is still waiting for an official MILF confirmation that Kato’s group is no longer a part of MILF when MILF has already indicated that Kato’s group is breakaway from MILF and wants the whole Mindanao or a portion to secede by force while MILF wants only an expanded Muslim autonomy in Mindanao.  In the first place, why must there be a talk between the government and the MILF in Kuala Lumpur?  Is the MILF already recognized as an armed, belligerent group contesting Philippine authority to occupy and dwell permanently on any part of Philippine territory especially with the MILF’s avowed policy that MILF does not recognize the government of the Philippines?  The national leadership is not only very weak and in a very pathetic position but vulnerably fooling around with the MILF and for that matter with any rebel group in the country.  If the MILF or the Kato’s group or any rebel group wants blood let there be blood.  Violence can only be cured by violence and never by kid-gloves strategy and treatment which may yet end up to capitulation.  Peace treaty must only be entered into with another sovereign country but never with rebels especially those who wants a part to secede from  the Philippine territorial jurisdiction.  If the Philippine government in massive assault is thinking of countless civilian casualties and its lack of manpower, military hardware and munitions then do it in a conflict of attrition with the use of adequate and effective intelligence, air power with possible use of pilot-less attack drones which could possibly be obtained from friendly U.S.A. aside from helicopters and limited but well-trained ground forces—this way civilian casualties will be minimized and possibly economical for the military.  The national leadership should always bear in mind that the government has an edge or advantage in terms of time, location and number.  It is inconceivable that any rebel group in the country would outnumber the military in manpower, military hardware and munitions, but it is possible that a rebel group could outsmart the government if the commander-in-chief is weak, waverer and gullible, i.e., ready to give in for peace of mind and to have a good sleep.  The Philippine electorate must always remember that the Philippines will always lag behind her neighbors economically and in handling wayward, arming citizens in achieving lasting peace and order in the whole country if it will always take for granted its sacred votes during election most especially presidential.  The crying needs of the country to extricate herself from perennial want and peace problem in Mindanao and the countrysides of Luzon and the Visayas is to have a strong, dedicated, incorruptible, industry-conscious and God-proximate-fearing national leadership. MBM 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5TK4OBDOPY76CUVTXXQJHK3KNE thinker

    it is really a big question on the MILF Leadership if they are really representing the Filipino Muslims or a mere traditional politician which are using the people for fame and money and not for the benefit of Filipino Muslims, Mindanao is in the likes of Luzon but why they are composed of different factions, how can they expect the success of their demand when they are not united and unconstitutional in substance, they want Mindanao become a battlefield contesting by each Muslim for control, sub state is not the real solution but unity and sincerity as Filipino shall prevail, money and fame will not be with us on our destiny, take a lesson now for the situation of Arroyos and Ampatuans, power is not infinite Money is not everything in life

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SEELVC6DK2B7HXWCXDMTNQXLLE Jonas

    banatan na ninyo dami pa salita…gyera na uubusin na niyo lahat yan para matapos na….ano pinagagawa mga sundalo andami at mga tangke at helecopter nabili kay arroyo….pag natapos na saka celebrate with lechon na baboy…share nyo pa sila MILF para masaya

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SEELVC6DK2B7HXWCXDMTNQXLLE Jonas

    sus sabi nga ni erap walang milf at ano pa mang ibang dapat tumayo dyan sa mindanao iisa lang ang bandila ng pinas….pulbusin na yan..mga bopols eh

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SEELVC6DK2B7HXWCXDMTNQXLLE Jonas

    hoy umbra kata di mabibili sa pelikula ang istory mo pangit at di ka pag aaksayahan ng panahon…

  • Anonymous

    almost all comments here were the same. these rebels are fooling us. government should dictate the mandate.  a take it or leave it condition. we are going in circles, taking advantages on  government stupidity. BIFF has 300 for now, the same story as MNLF and MILFafter peace accord signed they will grew, where on earth you can recruit in a short span of time. i wanted mindanao to be peaceful with strong economy, but these rebels strategy is making us fools.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVSSTQU7F3BITPKFTPVHNTCVK4 agent_888

    PH government must be aware of our neighbor Asian nation who supports rebel muslims in Mindanao…just wonder,where this group get their high powered firearms…..I believe that there is a certain Asian country who supports this group,just to destruct the peace and order in southern PH at the same time cripple our economy due to fear of some investors to invest here in Mindanao….

  • Demon Hide

    It’s a shame for our government to be dictated by the few barbaric muslim rebels. They cannot even control their own people how much more managing an expanded autonomous state. I have nothing against them but if we are to make our country great… we must have absolute victory over these lawless criminals who justify their cause of poverty and discrimination. If you look at the big picture it’s basically more on greed and power. Rebuilding our military and making sure that we have the enough capabilities in the ground, air and naval forces to wipe them out. Lastly, we need good military ground commanders to execute military planning, logistics and execute effective guerilla warfare tactics. By then we will see a peaceful Mindanao…

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

    we just have to convince kato
    it’s better for them
    in a truly autonomous region
    than in a separate state

    a strong philippines
    in all senses
    will convince him
    to be part of it

    • Arcsolo

      ur correct … engaging them to talk is the only avenue to which we can reach out to them … stereotyping will not do any good

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Badajosnon-Macabaian/100002348566742 Badajosnon Macabaian

      Convince kato? humiwalay na nga ang may katok na yan, paano macoconvince? Ayaw nga ng katahimikan? Ang gusto lang gulo. He is nothing but a plain criminal.

  • kido

    MNLF…MILF…BIFF…ABUSAYAFF…pareparehas lang mga yan na terrorista at kidnappers. hindi dapat nakikipag-usap ang gobyerno sa mga magugulong tao na yan at ang dapat ay all-out war lang ang gawin  para mapuksa sila upang matahimik na at magkaroon ng tunay na kapayapaan sa mindanao. ang kawawa ay ang mga kapatid nating muslims na ayaw ng gulo. they are being displaced at lumikas na sila sa halos lahat ng parte ngayon ng visayas at luzon para makapamuhay ng tahimik. pulbusin ang mga FFF or XXX or whatever f u c k i n g  s h i t   to call themselves para matahimik na at maisulong na ang tunay na progresso diyan sa mindanao.Flag

    • Anonymous

      If u really wanted to wipe out those groups, y u dont come to Mindanao and face them all. U r most welcome to them.

  • Anonymous

    Si Ex-Gov. Penol at si Rep. Lobregat ang dapat managot jan, dahil sa takot nila mawalan ng kapangyariahn sa Mindanao – ginawa nila ang laht upang d matuloy ang MOA-AD

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Badajosnon-Macabaian/100002348566742 Badajosnon Macabaian

      tama ang ginawa nina Penol at Lobregat. MOA-AD was an unconstitutional surrender or disintegration of Philippine territory by a FAKE PRESIDENT of the republic.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DH5D5H6XIXUJUHGMEHUWZFVIOU Dionisio

    Why should PALACE be worried about MILF renegrades. wala silang idolohiyang ipinaglalaban. isa lang sila sa maraming bandidong grupo na naghahasik ng takot at lagim sa mindanao. kung ang gobyerno ay desididong lipulin ang mga bandidong grupo na kaaway ng estado ito ay KAYANG KAYANG GAWIN. ano ang pumipigil sa gobyerno at hindi magampanan ang tungkuling ito???  POLITICAL WILL  meron ba o wala nito ang gobyerno???

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Badajosnon-Macabaian/100002348566742 Badajosnon Macabaian

      lumaki ang kanilang mga ulo dahil sa pangungunsinte ng isang PEKENG PRESIDENT. Minana tuloy natin ang problema sa mga iyan Namihasa dahil lagi silang pinagbibigyan at para din sya tumagal sa pwesto. Wala silang pinag-iba sa mga Ampatuan na hinayaang mabigyan ng trak trak na mga armas para lang tumagal din siya sa pwesto.

      • Anonymous

        yup, kaya malaki ngayon problema ni pnoy, lahat pinasa sa kanya ni gloria

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4BSNMXBJCHKDSPR37C7ZHPSM44 AL

    The MILF always say a lost commands to their own undicipline commanders… Leadership of MILF can’t control their ranks cause in the first place these commanders are not really an educated person but a fearsome fighters… so what do you expect, that these so called lost command commanders will hid to their leadership… no no no Jose…. these commanders also kept some greediness to power and wealth so what will happen… at the end of peace talk and gives what MILF have asked for the government, another group will spring out… now we have a new born group of muslim rebels called  Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)… come on don’t tell the Philippine general population that peace panel will then again will make another peace deal with this group… they will ask another chunk of territory, lets say visayan region perhaps… wake up Philippine Government!!!… suspend all the deals made with these muslims from DAY 1 and pulverize the area, disarm them and put PNP and AFP in total control of peace and order in the whole Mindanao… susmaryosep oy… Total out war kung ayaw sa matinong paki-usap…

  • Anonymous

    This Uneducated Commanders has lowest IQ in the whole wide Universe. Mas mataas pa yata ang IQ ng mesa na ti-na-typan ko.. lol

    Hindi katapangan ang umiikot sa mundo uy… Talino at sikap magangat hindi pagiging IGNORANTE tulad nitong mga G-ong..G-ong na mga to.

  • Anonymous

    i live in mindanao my whole life and i wanted to see it peacefully living side by side with my muslim brothers and sisters, hearing the news that the peace negotiation is promising a good result  it makes me happy and rejoice. kato have his own personal interest, not for my fellow filipinos who live in mindanao. and i praised for the MILF to pursue the negotiation. we in mindanao hoping that it will put the end of it. and start the new mindanao with unity for the seek of the people who lived here.

  • http://www.powerbookspinoy.com Shinigami Sword

    so bakit kelangan pa ng intelligence budget na abot sa bilyones.. eh utak ipis naman mga military commanders.  Bigyan na lang yan si Kato ng isang kahon pirated dvd at pagtindahin sa tiangge sa Gensan.

  • Anonymous

    It is disturbing and even shameful for the Philippine government to be so concerned about MILF breakaway Kato and even the peace talks on August 22, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur.  That peace talk on August 22 in Kuala Lumpur should be postponed or deferred for an indefinite period pending further studies or reexamination of the government’s position.  First of all, why must Mr. Noynoy Aquino as president of the Philippine Republic agreed to forge a peace agreement with MILF chair Murad Ebrahim in Tokyo and how come that Murad Ebrahim was in Tokyo—what was he doing there at the time they met?  Was he shopping for some aid to bolster MILF’s strength in Mindanao?  Or was it an invitation by the government to meet in Tokyo as a camouflage for some embarrassing deal?  Very ugly that the commander-in-chief of the AFP is secretly meeting with a Muslim rebel whose group does not even recognize the Philippine government which, of course, elicits only the lack of tough and no-nonsense advisers in Malacanang since Mr. Noynoy Aquino has yet to learn tough leadership.  Now, what must be the real objective to achieve by the government in the scheduled August 22 peace talk in Kuala Lumpur, and why at Kuala Lumpur?  Peace in Mindanao?  If there’s going to be peace in Mindanao after the peace talk it will only be short-lived—-not a lasting peace.  Cannot the national leadership perceives the fact that peace talk with MILF would be useless, because even before the peace talk with MILF there’s already a MILF breakaway group of Kato which strongly opposes peace talk with the government and then because of such breakaway the MILF cannot be trusted to be a cohesive which later would put the government into a very awkward position of entering peace talks with a number of Muslim rebel groups?  If the government wants lasting peace in Mindanao there shall be no peace talk and apply the war of attrition, because the government is in fact in vantage ground for any hostility.  The government should not worry much of civilian casualties, because in a conflict of attrition civilian casualties would only be confined to the relatives and supporters of the rebel groups and therefore the blame and anguish of grief should only fall on the rebels.  And what is distressing is why the government yielded to a peace talk in a foreign soil at Kuala Lumpur at that?  Is this not an indication of weakness and irresolution of a sovereign country ostensively leaning upon another sovereign for help on internal matters of insurrection? MBM

  • Anonymous

    pa rogue2x lng cla para ibigin! hahaha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVSSTQU7F3BITPKFTPVHNTCVK4 agent_888

    PH government should aware of the MILF’s in a substate demand…what is MILF demands is also a Malaysian government demands…it is obvious Malaysia is all behind this demand,..MILF is there agent insurgents fighting war here in the Philippines, they support this people..if PH government accept their demand Malaysia will laugh to the Philippines..what is there hidden agenda…they can solidify their illegally occupation of Sabah, they can now directly exploit our natural resources within the covered substate which is reach in oil and other natural resources…and besides MILF insurgents are Maranao’s of Lanao’s and Maguindanao’s of Cotabato…this people are morons unlike Tausug’s who are peace loving people…the real  reason for all Filipinos that Mindanao has $1 trillion dollars untapped mineral resources that the Malaysia is going to take a piece of this…further information is top secret….



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  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
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  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
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