Army brands lawless MILF group as criminals, not terrorists

Col. Nicanor E. Dolojan, Commanding Officer of the 403rd Brigade of the Philippine Army clarified that the AFP has not issued an official statement branding the lawless MILF group as terrorists.

“However, they are branded as criminals,” he added.

He stressed that they are criminals for the atrocities they committed and that they should be made answerable for what they’ve done.

The AFP does not have the power to declare or recommend to the government that this or that group is a terrorist.

It must undergo due process before it is forwarded to and decided upon by the National Anti-Terror Council as sanctioned by the United Nations (UN), the army officer added.

Commander Bravo and his men have been charged with the crime of murder, frustrated murder, physical injuries, and arson among others. (PIA/Bohol)

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