MNLF disowns attacks on gov't troops

By Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Sep 03 2012 08:45 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2012 04:45 AM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has denied that some members of the group have something to do with the attacks launched by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) on government troops.

MNLF legal counsel Atty. Randolph Parcasio said Nur Misuari was also shocked upon hearing the information in a meeting with MNLF officials at Zamboanga City several days ago.

The MNLF's lawyer said they have nothing to do with the attacks, as there is an ongoing tripartite meeting on the ongoing review of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the rebel group and the government.

"We are all quite disappointed that the entire organization was dragged into that article, accusing some members of the MNLF having to do with the BIFF uprising," Parcasio said.

The official also told ABS-CBN News that the attacks are far from their agenda, which is to wait for the result of the amendments of Republic Act 9054.

While awaiting for action in the implementation of the peace agreement, the MNLF will address Bangsamoro issues such as poverty, Parcasio said.

MNLF commanders are also concerned that some of their camps and communities will be affected by the conflict.

The group has camps in 10 towns in Maguindanao province alone.

"May threat na itong mga MNLF communitiues and camps within these municipalities na mapasukan at maisali o madawit sa armed conflict of government and BIFM, and possible with the BIFF and the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front)," Parcasio said.

He appealed to the MILF, the BIFM and the government troops not to include these areas in the conflict.

The MNLF also volunteered to mediate between the MILF and BIFM in resolving issues, if needed.

The official said it's every Muslim's moral obligation to end the fighting.