MILF-BIAF official backs framework agreement

By Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Oct 26 2012 10:37 PM | Updated as of Oct 27 2012 08:10 PM

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – One of the top leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (MILF-BIAF) has expressed support for the framework agreement between the government and the MILF.

Sammy Al Mansoor also denied that about 17,000 MILF fighters had joined the Moro National Liberation Front due to the signing of the accord.

He said this is is impossible since there are only 11,000-strong MILF combatants.

The official also expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) and the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities of the government and MILF in monitoring the peace situation in the area.

The official sees “rido” or clan wars as a challenge for the MILF, wherein members and combatants are involved.

However, he said this is already being dealt with by the MILF leadership.