MILF hits AFP for ?systematic? ceasefire violations

The report listed five violations as the MILF accused the government of disregarding the ceasefire agreement.

 

The accusation came in the wake of government troops’ pursuit of 48 jail breakers from the North Cotabato provincial jail in Kabacan town last Feb. 8. The military, the rebel group claimed, pursued the fugitives even in villages identified to be MILF areas.

 

Members of the Army’s 57th and 64th Infantry Battalions, the report said, attacked MILF positions in Manggapang, Manungkaling and Mamasapano in Maguindanao dawn on Sunday.

 

The MILF website reported that Army soldiers were supported by members of the Civilian Volunteer Organization (CVO).

 

Government forces reportedly used three tanks and other military vehicles in the 30-minute assault. But the MILF reported no casualties from both sides.

 

The military, however, denied the attack. Maj. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command, told MindaNews in a text message there was no such attack.

 

The MILF cited among the alleged violations of the government the "uncoordinated movements" or operation of Armed Forces troops in Barangay Sibuto, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Sharif Kabungsuan province on Feb. 4.

 

The MILF also cited "uncoordinated massive deployment" of AFP troops in Kuyapon, Kabacan, North Cotabato on Feb. 5.

 

The MILF said it brought the situation to near encounter between government troops and Moro rebel forces.

 

The front also listed "indiscriminate bombardment" of suspected lairs of the 48 escaped inmates.

 

Hundreds of Moro families in a remote village in Kabacan left their homes Thursday to avoid getting caught in the crossfire as Army troops pounded the area with mortars.

 

In a radio interview, Col. Pedro Soria, commanding officer of the 602nd Brigade based in Carmen town, said he sent troops to Barangay Magatos in Kabacan to run after the group that raided the provincial jail on Feb. 2. The raid led to the escape of 48 inmates, including three suspected bombers.

 

But the military denied violating the ceasefire agreement.

 

"Our troops were running after suspected jail raiders and jail breakers. They were not sent there to run after the MILF, so there’s no violation of any agreement signed by the government and the MILF. We respect the ongoing peace process," Soria said Thursday.

 

 

The MILF also included so-called "uncoordinated massing of troops" in three towns on Feb. 7 and 8. They said government troops massed in Kabacan and in Paglat and Salipada K. Pendatun towns in Maguindanao.

 

They also cited the arrest of MILF member Wahab Amil by military operatives in Oyong in the village of Tigabon, Malanggas, Zamboanga Sibuguey as another violation.

 

The website quoted Von Al-Haq, chair of the MILF’s Coordinating Committee for the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH), as saying they have already filed a protest against the latest government violations of the ceasefire agreement with their counterparts at the government ceasefire committee.

 

The MILF and the government is yet to resume meeting at the negotiating table in Malaysia after impasse of the peace talks in September over ancestral domain issues.

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