Posted to the pro-CPP Davao Today (Nov 26): BIFF says plan to bomb Davao City a hoax
DAVAO CITY—Reacting to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s appeal to stop the spate of bombings in Mindanao, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Wednesday denied they plan to bomb Davao city.
“It’s a hoax. There’s no truth to that report. The BIFF has no involvement in the series of bombings in North Cotabato and elsewhere in Mindanao,” said BIFF spokesperson Abu Misry Mama in a phone interview with DavaoToday Wednesday.
“Please stop these attacks. You have to consider the lives of civilians,” Duterte reportedly said.
But Mama denied all allegations that BIFF were involved in the twin bombings in Kabacan and M’lang towns recently which claimed the lives of innocent civilians and wounded others whom majority of the victims are teenagers.
“We don’t attack civilians. We only target the military,” stressed Mama.
Mama said that Duterte should, instead, appeal to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to “stop their terroristic acts in Mindanao” as he recalled in 2003 that it was the military who conducted a series of bomb attacks to sow terror in Mindanao.
Mama was referring to Oplan Greenbase, a top-secret government operation of then Arroyo administration to sow terror in Mindanao by staging series of bomb attacks in an attempt to draw funds from anti-terrorist organizations and pin the blame to Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
“So before they will point their finger to us, they should check their facts first. It’s easy to pin the blame to BIFF but the public should never forget the history of the past,” said Mama.
Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesperson of the Philippine Army ‘s 6th Infantry Division said the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used in Kabacan bombing came from the BIFF.
The municipalities of Baloi, Pantar, Tagoloan, Munai, Tangcal and Nunungan, all in Lanao Del Norte voted for inclusion into the ARMM during the 2001 plebiscite. Other towns that may possibly join during the plebiscite are the City of Iligan, municipalities of Kauswagan, Bacolod and Poona Piyagapo, also in Lanao Del Norte. Quite a large number of Maranaos are residing in various villages in said municipalities.
Thirty Five (35) individuals comprising traditional and religious leaders, representatives from local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations, women and members of the Higaonon tribe (IP) attended the forum.
Mr. Ansary A. Diamoden presented the overview of the program while updates and inputs on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) were discussed by Mr. Camilo M. Bangcola, Provincial Chairman of the UNYPAD-Lanao Del Sur Chapter.
Highlights of the discussions during the open forum that ensued pertain to the rights of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) particularly the Higaonon, including issues and concerns of the LGUs in the affected areas.
Mr. Adinola l. Tomarompong, Sangunian Bayan (council) member of Munai town said that he is assuring his full support for the ratification of the BBL. “I believed that if the BBL is ratified by 2015, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) that will replace the ARMM will install good governance, maintain the peace and order in the areas within its jurisdiction.
Bae Wilma W. Bado, President of Higaonon Organization in Coastal areas, who is an IP from Barangay Upper Hinaplanon and Kabaro, Iligan City manifested the support of her tribe to the BBL.
The consultation was led by the UNYPAD’s newly appointed Vice President for External Affairs Mr. Diamoden.
Mr. Diamaoden has been serving as the Provincial Chairman of UNYPAD Ranao Chapter for several years and involved in peacebuilding works here and abroad. He is one of the outstanding senior leaders of the UNYPAD.
As executive director, he also established the UNYPAD- Relief Assistance Network and Organization, Inc.
operating in Lanao areas.
These series of consultation programs being embark on by UNYPAD all over Mindanao are intended for people in the grassroots level to have a better understanding of the GPH-MILF Peace Process and the BBL.