Jaafar: Only MILF can sanction its men

By Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Apr 22 2015 03:30 PM | Updated as of Apr 22 2015 11:30 PM

MANILA - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) insists only the rebel group can sanction its members allegedly involved in the deaths of 44 elite cops in Mamasapano last January 25.

In an interview with ANC, MILF Vice Chairman for Political Affairs Ghazali Jaafar said: “It’s for the MILF to sanction the members [who are believed to have committed crimes].”

Jaafar insists the MILF men did not commit murder, contrary to a report issued by the Department of Justice on Wednesday.

The report recommends the filing of “complex crime of direct assault with murder” against 90 individuals, including members of the MILF, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and private armed groups (PAGs).

The same report said: “It was murder all the way and around when the MILF, BIFF, and PAGs crossed the river over to the cornfield to finish off the dying members of the 55th SAC [Special Action Company], by means of gunshots to the head and other parts of their bodies.”

It said there was “conspiracy” among the members of the MILF, BIFF, and PAGs to finish off the members of the 55th Special Action Company (SAC).

The report also recommends the filing of theft charges.

Asked if the group will coordinate with the DOJ in running after its men, Jaafar said: “We maintain our position that our combatants involved in the skirmish in Mamasapano were only defending themselves… As far as we’re concerned, they did not commit any crime.”

Jaafar said he has yet to read the complete report, but noted “it will be better if they give us a copy.”