MILF given 24 hours to leave areas ‘forcibly’ taken in ARMM


By Thea Alberto, Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 10:40:00 08/07/2008

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has “24 hours” to leave towns it has “forcibly” occupied in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) or face police and military action, authorities warned.

“We are giving individuals 24 hours to vacate otherwise they will forcibly be separated from the area,” said Puno in a press conference in at the national police headquarters in Camp Crame Thursday.

Puno added that the military and police would be “authorized to undertake action” if the deadline would not be met.

Puno said some 800 members of the MILF had reportedly “forcibly” occupied several ARMM towns, including Aliosan in North Cotabato.

“It behooves on the MILF to do something to act on the situation because this is a litmus test on its good faith,” Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said, adding, “We cannot wait longer than a reasonable 24-hour period.

Teodoro said Military Chief General Alexander Yano was in Cotabato province to brief commanders on the government’s action.

“We are announcing these operations to stabilize the situation and put back the rightful owners of those lands,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said.

Esperon said the government action was “not a declaration of war,” and would unlikely affect the peace process.

“This is not a declaration of war, this is a normal enforcement of the rule of law,” Esperon said.

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My Take:

I watched the PressConference of DILG, DND, and the PNP, AFP nd Esperon.

The government is clearly toying with the MILF.  Now I understand why they are so confident that nothing bad will happen to the politicians interests in Mindanao despite of the MOA ek-ek with the MILF’s feudal lords.  The government’s real intention is to not sign the MOA, but to create confusion as they put their armed forces into position for the impending war in Mindanao.

The war will be their fair exit to the much criticized MOA with the MILF.

But if cooler heads persuade the hotheads, the MILF is not assured of getting a favorable plebiscite results because of the government’s mastery of polls fraud (dagdag-bawas etc).

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