Peace panel member: MILF, Muslims could not have done bombings

"Even those who are not known to be very faithful, they will never do such violent acts during the Ramadan," he said.

 

Mangudadatu, in an interview with reporters Monday, noted that the bombing incidents, including the one in Tacurong City that is under his jurisdiciton, occurred during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

 

"Whoever is doing these (bombings), he is not a Muslim," he said.

 

Mangudadatu also said neither could the MILF have done it because they are "very religious".

 

He pointed out that the month of Ramadan is very holy for the Muslims and it is important for them to observe the teachings of Allah.

 

But Mangudadatu said had the bombing incidents did not happen during the Ramadan, he is inclined to believe that people outside the MILF who are not happy with the deadlock in the peace negotiations could be behind the bombings.

 

He said, too, that past abuses against the Moro people by policemen could have contributed to the reasons that led to the Oct. 10 bombing. "That is if the bombing in Tacurong was done by some Moro people who are not members of the MILF," he said.

 

Mangudadatu said he has sent feelers to facilitate backdoor talks and for the two parties to return to the negotiating table. "But we haven't received a response yet," he said.

 

The governor also questioned the presence of Indonesian Amar bin Usman alias Dulmatin, a suspect in the Bali bombing a few years back, in Mindanao. "How can they persist in our areas?" he asked.

 

Mangudadatu urged his "Muslim brothers and sisters" not to allow criminals in their territories so they would not be implicated in criminal activities.

 

Sultan Kudarat, Mangudadatu pointed out, has a population dominated by Christians, which comprise about 90 percent.