Posted by: JWP | 11/03/2009

MILF leader in Sinnott kidnap case identified

AIE BALAGTAS SEE, GMANews.TV

11/03/2009 | 11:35 PM

The government has identified the leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) faction that abducted Irish priest Michael Sinnott.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno said Aloy Al Asree, leader of the MILF’s 113th Base Command, was involved in last year’s deadly attacks in several civilian communities in Central Mindanao.

“So in the process of case build-up the identities of the kidnappers have started to surface and a great majority of them are actually identified as being members of the MILF’s 113th Base Command,” he said. more

Prelate fears MILF’s entry in rescue efforts may complicate matters

CBCP News

MANILA, Nov. 2, 2009—Pagadian Bishop Emmanuel T. Cabajar, CSsR expressed apprehension about the reported plan of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to help in the rescue of 79-year old Irish Missionary Michael Sinnott

The priest was abducted by still unidentified men last October 11 from his convent.

“The kidnapping requires police work,” the prelate said. He said the MILF’s entry into the rescue efforts “may further complicate matters”.

Cabajar said the Catholic church is still trying to “determine leads” to find out who may have Fr. Mick in custody.

“We are also concerned because it was reported he has not received all the medicines he regularly takes,” the 67-year old prelate said. more

Abu Sayyafs attack Marines in Sulu

Sun Star

By Bong Garcia Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Two Marine soldiers were wounded in an attack staged by Abu Sayyaf bandits in the island province of Sulu, a military official said Tuesday.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman Major Ramon David Hontiveros said the attack took place around 2:45 p.m. Monday in sitio Talatak, Barangay Bato-Bato in Indanan town. more

Bandits killed in Basilan

BusinessWorld Wednesday, November 04, 2009

ZAMBOANGA CITY — At least five suspected Abu Sayyaf members were killed during a heavy fire fight yesterday morning in the jungles of Basilan, the military said.

Marine Major Ramon N. David Hontiveros, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command, said troopers engaged the group of Ridwan Musa in Sitio Kemi in Langgong, Tuburan town. more

Philippines peace talks at risk after priest’s kidnapping

(AFP) – 13 hours ago

MANILA — The Philippines on Tuesday said the resumption of stalled peace talks with Muslim insurgents could be jeopardised after the rebels were accused of involvement in the abduction of an Irish priest.

The armed forces and the police had both received intelligence reports that rogue elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were behind the October 11 kidnapping of Father Michael Sinnott, senior officials said.

While the government “would like to give them the benefit of the doubt,” the MILF leadership must impose “punishment or sanction against those involved to show good faith and that they are very sincere,” presidential spokeswoman Lorelei Fajardo told reporters. more

PGMA says peace pact to leave country whole

November 3, 2009 9:20 am

GANASSI, Lanao del Sur, Nov. 3 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has made clear that any peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) must hew closely to the Constitution, that the Philippines is “one nation that must never be divided…” more

Thomas Henriksen: As goes Afghanistan …

Posted: November 03, 2009, 10:00 AM by NP Editor

Currently, the United States has about 600 Special Operations Forces in the Mindanao, a southern island in the Philippine archipelago. These troops and others assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines in combatting Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist movement founded, in part, by Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a violent separatist group. Over the past near-decade, Washington has also provided some $500-million in aid to Manila for reconstruction projects in southern islands. Without the American military and financial help, the radical movements would have carved out sanctuaries, breeding terrorists to threaten the United States. more

Govt pushes for declaration of ASG as outlawed group –NBI

Balita-dot-ph November 2, 2009 9:47 am

MANILA, Nov. 2 –The Abu Sayyaf Group will lose financial support from its counterparts in foreign countries once it is declared an outlawed organization, according to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Regional Director lawyer Ricardo Diaz, chief of the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), expects the government’s continued efforts to have ASG be proscribed would prosper.

“Once this (proscription) prospers, the financial support from international sources will be cut,” said Diaz.

But Diaz declined to name the possible ASG financial supporters. more

Gov’t useless in Muslim Mindanao

By Ramon Tulfo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 11:13:00 11/03/2009

MALACAÑANG HAS ACCUSED MEDIA of giving the kidnappers of Irish missionary Fr. Michael Sinnott “propaganda mileage” for publishing a video of the priest holding a copy of the Inquirer as proof that he was still alive.

But what can media do but publish the video since it was of public interest?

What would the Palace have media do about the video?

Malacañang was angry because the video only heightened the public’s distrust in the government’s handling of kidnappings in Mindanao. more

Govt urges rebels to help

Manila Standard November 03/09

That group includes recalcitrant commanders Abdullah Macapaar alias Bravo, Umbra Kato, and Aleem Pangalian, who attacked several towns in Central Mindanao in August last year after the Supreme Court rejected a deal that would have given the MILF its own territory in Mindanao, ruling it was unconstitutional. more

PHILIPPINES: ‘Running After President Arroyo Is Only Just’

Posted by editors on November 2, 2009

Global Geopolitics Net Sites / IPS

Stephen de Tarczynski interviews ALBERTO LIM, executive director of the Philippines’s premier business organisation

MANILA, Nov 2 (IPS) – Philippine political affairs are rarely straightforward. The former Spanish and U.S. colony, which also endured occupation under Japan during the Second World War, has experienced major upheavals since independence was finally achieved—and recognised, this time—in 1946.

Massive human rights abuses, censorship and corruption on an unprecedented scale occurred in the 1970s and 1980s under the dictatorship of then President Ferdinand Marcos while the decades-long insurgencies of communist guerrillas and Moro secessionists continue to claim lives.

The more-recent addition of militants like the Abu Sayyaf Group, a radical Islamist organisation, in southern areas of Mindanao have added the proverbial ‘fuel to the fire’ and the continuing presence of U.S. military “advisers” on the ground guarantees further controversy.

All this in a country that remains religiously, ethnically, geographically and economically differentiated—with a relatively weak central state—and where poverty and corruption are rife. more

Government welcomes internal probe of MILF on Sinnot kidnapper November 02, 2009 11:00 PM click We all know nothing will come out of this.

Government, MILF peace panels seek takers to ICG, new IMT click

The Illusion Persists

November 2, 2009: Over the weekend, several incidents in the south left five Moslem rebels and one soldier dead. The Moslem separatist rebels are, more and more, becoming a banditry problem, not a political rebellion with any real chance of success. Many of the rebels themselves, especially the rank-and-file, have come to see it this way. Most of the leadership resists. Since they control the PR and public diplomacy, the illusion persists that the Islamic rebellion is still a going concern. more

Mediator from Norway in RP to restart GRP-NDF talks 11/01/2009 | 11:14 PM click

 

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