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MILF should stop their alliance with ASG

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front should steer away from Abu Sayyaf guerrillas (ASG) turned terrorists and kidnap-for-ransom band. The MILF continued alliance with ASG in the island province of Basilan is downgrading their status from revolutionaries to plain kidnap-for-ransom and bandits with beastly penchant to decapitate their hostages.

The separatist front cannot wash their hands clean. The ASGs moves freely in territories held by the MILF. To deny that fact only reaffirms what government is saying all along that the leadership of the MILF has no control of most of its ferocious ground commanders which include Umbra Kato, Komander Bravo and Pangalian.

The ASG is fundamentalist in character but is not bound by Islamic creed. They victimize Christian workers, even those who help marginalized Muslims from the bondage of ignorance. How many innocent teachers were kidnapped and are still being held hostage by these group? How many others had been beheaded for the flimsiest reasons and suspicions that they are somehow identified with the long ago disbanded “ilaga” movement. In fact many of the “ilagas” have joined the Moro National Liberation Front? How many Christian communities have they harassed and pillaged?
The agenda is obvious. The want to foment animosities between he Muslims and Christians so that they can expand a larger base of operations and recruit members from the few who they hoped they can mislead.

Unfortunately for them the vast majority of Muslims abhor the ASGs for their un-Islamic practices. Christian communities very well knew the ASGs are not the true Muslims they purport to be. The is the reason why despite decades of struggle being waged by separatist Muslims, despite the armed confrontation  that results that had resulted in displacements and casualties, nothing comes close to what could be described as  a religious conflict.
What is more significant and meaningful development recently is the joint initiative that the Ulamas and the Christian bishops had waged. The ASG will continue to do their thing but none of this will have the imprimatur of the Ulamas. If the MILF still listens to the religious ministrations of the ulamas then they should distance themselves from these elements which have devolved themselves to just plain criminals who  are no respecters of religious faith, discipline and belief in the Almighty.


By Menardo Wenceslao




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