Hataman calls on stakeholders to guard gains in the peace process PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 11:47

Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has called on all stakeholders not to let Sunday’s violent incident in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao involving elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to derail the ongoing peace process.

The incident claimed the lives of 49 police officers belonging to the elite Special Action Forces (SAF) and 5 MILF fighters.

Hataman said even the MILF concurs that the operation launched by the SAF team was legitimate. He and Secretary of Interior and Local Government Manuel Roxas called the incident a “misencounter”.

Hataman called on both government and the MILF not to let the case affect the ongoing peace process.

He also cautioned that detractors might use the incident for their own agenda and try to sow discord and derail the peace process.

As stakeholders, we must guard the gains in the ongoing peace process,” he said.

The misencounter, according to Roxas, happened when the SAF team maneuvered inadvertently to an area controlled by the MILF without advance coordination after deciding to withdraw their action to arrest Usman and Marwan.

He believes the incident is the “single largest loss of life in the security sector”.

At present, a Board of Inquiry (BOI) has been organized to investigate the incident. A debriefing was also conducted to the other operatives involved.

For its part, the ARMM government through its Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) is preparing to send in 600 packs of relief goods to assist around 563 families that have been displaced due to the conflict.

The affected families are residents of Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano. Immediately after the confrontation they proceeded to the nearby evacuation center located at Brgy. Daladap Madrasah. — HUK/Bureau of Public Information