MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is taking seriously the statement of Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim that the Philippine military is the main source of loose firearms in Mindanao.
"That is a serious allegation. That is a serious offense. That is something we will never allow, our own firearms and ammunition killing our own people," said AFP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo.
On Wednesday, the MILF chairman said illicit firearms in Mindanao bear the markings of the Department of National Defense. He said most of the firearms are still coming from the armory of the AFP.
Arevalo said they take cognizance of Murad's statement, and would be conducting its investigation on the allegation.
Selling guns to the enemies of the state is not tolerated in the AFP, he said.
"We will never allow that that's why we’re throwing the books on them and make sure that they languish in jail.