From the Sun Star-Manila (Apr 11): 2 MNLF arrested in Bukidnon
GOVERNMENT security forces have arrested two alleged "generals" of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for possession of a firearm and ammunition in Kadingilan, Bukidnon on Thursday, police said Friday.
A report from the Bukidnon provincial police office named the suspects as Heneroso Calma and Cresildo Calayca, both members of the MNLF who hold the rank of brigadier general.
The MILF signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996. A faction of the group under MILF founding chairman Nur Misuari is opposed to the peace agreement recently signed by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The report said Calma and Calayca were nabbed by police and military forces at a checkpoint in Sitio Kibagsil in Kibogtok village around 4 p.m. Thursday.
"Both suspects are alleged members of the MNLF Northern Command," the report said of the suspects, who yielded a cal 45 pistol, ammunition, a magazine and a hunting knife.
Police said Calma and Calayca, who were clad in camouflage Army uniform when arrested, failed to present legal documents covering the firearm, thus they were detained. Investigators are preparing a case against the two.
The government and MNLF, represented by MNLF Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari, signed in 1996 the final peace accord with hope that the agreement will bring peace and development in Southern Philippines.
“A Mu’min (believer) should not be bitten twice by the same snake coming from the same hole,” said Ustadz Akman Abtahi, President of Al-Hiqma Learning Institute and Chairman of Purok Bangsamoro in Barangay Calumpang, General Santos City, during the Muslim Leaders Consultative Dialogue/Forum on April 8, 2014 at Mindanao State University- Gensan.
Abtahi pointed out that for the Muslims, an agreement is indeed sacred and it deserves respect and “must be implemented.”
Imam Jimmy Ubpon, President of General Santos City Council of Imams, further stressed the need to adhere to an agreement for Muslims consider it sacred.
Abtahi added, “What will happen if the Bangsamoro peace agreement won’t be implemented? I do not want to predict.”
“Is there a guarantee that the draft basic law will still be 100% intact after it will be scrutinized by Congress?” he asked. “How will the MILF react if they will not be satisfied?” he further asked.
“Actually there are no changes in the process now compared with the MNLF deal,” he recalled.
He said the government has three branches, executive, legislative and judiciary which he suggested should have representatives that had constituted the GPH Peace Panel “so that there will be no more question.”
“We should have also looked at that matter unlike now, only the executive entered into agreement with the Bangsamoro,” he elaborated.
Still being drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will provide the establishment of the Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the ARMM.
employs tedious consultations with various stakeholders, both Moros and non-Moros, drawing ideas and recommendations for the inclusive formulation of the basic law. The BBL will be ratified by qualified voters in Bangsamoro territory through a plebiscite.
Ustadz Ansar Kudanding urged fellow participants to put their trust to the MILF leadership who are fighting for the rights of the Bangsamoro people in diplomatic process and enjoined everyone to pray that the peace agreement will truly bring the realization of Bangsamoro governance.