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)

Army hails support from Muslims in hunt for Bravo

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are getting support from the Muslim populace in conducting law enforcement operations against the lawless Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led by Abdullah Macapaar alias Commander Bravo.

Major Benedicto Manquiquis, Commanding Officer of the 1st Civil Military Operations Unit, 1st Infantry Division of the Philippine Army said in a press briefing.

According to Manquiquis, some Muslims have volunteered to help the military in distributing the “wanted” leaflets of Commander Bravo. The materials show the bounty for those who can give information that that would lead to the capture of Bravo.

“This shows that even Bravo’s fellow Muslim brothers wants him to be captured soon,” he added.

The AFP officer also stressed that the identity of the informant will be kept a secret and the reward will be given when Bravo will be captured dead or alive. (PIA/Bohol)

AFP mipasalig pagtamud sa tawhanong katungod

GIPASALIG sa mga sakop sa pwersa militar nga nag-padayon pa sa paglutos nila ni Kumander Bravo ug Pangalian nga ilang gitamod ang gitahud ang batakang kalagdaan sa tawhanong katungod.

Sa pamahayag ni Major Ben Manquiguis, tigpamaba sa 1st Division sa Phil. Army, matud niya ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) mga propesyonal ug makamao mutamud sa tawhanong katungod isip bugtong palisiya sa combat operation.

Kini nga pasalig ilawom usab sa gi-alegar nga pagkatap unya sa pagyatak sa tawhanong katungod ilabi na sa giplastada nga mga alegasyon batok sa mga militar ug kapolisan nagdto sa mga sakop sa aktibista nga pundok ug ug sakop sa media. (rachiu/PIA)

Heneral sa AFP mapasaligon nga respetahan ang Ramadan, mi-awhag sa mga rebeldeng MILF nga mo-surender

Si Major Gen. Nehemias Pajarito, Commanding General, sa 1ID, mapasaligon nga ilang ipatuman ang palisiya sa Armadong Kusog nga respetahan ang Ramadan, bisan kon gipadayon ang walay pu-as nga nga pag-gukod ug pagpukan sa mga rebeldeng MILF nga gipamunuan ni Kumander Bravo.

Gi-awhag usab ni Gen. Pajarito ang mga sumusunod ni Bravo nga mo-ampo sa sabakan sa balaud tungod kay sila gi-ilad lamang sa sayop nga pagtu-o ug panulun-an. Kon ang inyong tinguha mao ang kalinaw ug panaghi-usa tali sa Muslim ug Kristiyano, amo kamong gi-awhag mo-surender, dugang ni Pajarito.

Gipasalig usab sa Heneral nga sa pag-gukod sa mga rebelde, ipatuman gayud sa AFP ug PNP nga walay katungod sa mga katawhan nga mayatakan. (PIA-Bohol)

Solon blames MILF for chaos in Lanao del Norte

Lanao del Norte District II Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimaporo blames the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the all-out offensive launched by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against some members of the MILF headed by Abdullah Macapaar alias Commander Bravo.

Dimaporo made the statement during the Peace Summit and Crafting of Peace Covenant in Iligan City on August 30.

The Congressman declared his support to the move of the government to disarm and demobilize the MILF before the peace negotiations with the group are resumed.

The fighting in Lanao del Norte has displaced some 173,804 people, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 10 said, but the government’s response has significantly eased the burden of the evacuees, he added.

Although Dimaporo believes that not all members of the armed group are criminals, he expressed support to the current manhunt operation against Commander Bravo and his followers for the atrocities they committed to the towns of Kolambugan and Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte. (PIA/Bohol)