MILF IDs found in NPA lair in Lanao del Sur

Published May 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Bonita Ermac

ILIGAN CITY – Identification cards (IDs) supposedly belonging to members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were recovered among the voluminous subversive Communist documents at the encounter site between military troops and New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists last April 25 in hinterlands of Lumba-Bayabao, Lanao del Sur.

(Photo courtesy of 103rd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army / via Bonita Ermac / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Photo courtesy of 103rd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army / via Bonita Ermac / MANILA BULLETIN)

According to Colonel Josie Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade commander, the IDs showed that the NPAs were misrepresenting themselves in trying to dodge capture by government forces.

“They use the MILF IDs to hide their identities and subsequently take advantage of the current peace agreement between the government and MILF to spoil the joint initiatives for peace and development in the province and to continue their selfish interests in the guise as farmers,” Cuerpo said.

With the discovery of the IDs, Cuerpo called on the MILF leaders to “protect your ranks and organization from the NPA terrorists’ decades-long fakery and antics in projecting themselves as the poor man’s hero.”

” Don’t let them disgrace and use the name of MILF while promoting Communism in Lanao del Sur,” he said.

Cuerpo appealed to Meranao brothers and sisters anew for cooperation, and asked them to report any suspicious individuals that they see in their communities.

“Let us help one another to keep the peace and development in the province of Lanao del Sur,” Cuerpo added.

 
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