MILF removes from website wrongly posted anti-MNLF publication PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 September 2012 14:06

All is well among brothers and Moro revolutionaries fighting for land, race and religion can all stand together.

Acknowledging that an editorial on www.luwaran.com  hitting the Moro National Liberation Front for its alleged links with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement was indeed uploaded without the benefit of a thorough investigation, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front deleted Thursday the online publication that sparked a deep-seated MILF-MNLF animosity.

The chief of the MILF, Al-Haj Murad, no less, explained in a handwritten letter to Cotabato City Vice-Mayor Muslimin Sema, chairman of the largest and most active of the three groups in the MNLF, that the editorial was indeed published by luwaran.com without proper verification.

Murad assured Sema he would have the issue investigated.

Murad ordered late Thursday the MILF’s committee on information to remove from their website the controversial, which caught the ire of the group of Sema as well as the MNLF’s so-called Nur Misuari wing.

Murad, in his letter to Sema, said while there were reports of certain guerrilla groups aiding Ameril Umbra Kato’s BIFM, particularly in perpetrating their having plundered villages in five Maguindanao towns early this month, he is convinced that there was no any organizational involvement of  the MNLF in the foray,

Murad said the editorial was uploaded on the MILF website without prior approval.

An ambiguous Sema, speaking over Catholic station dxMS  in Cotabato City, said his group appreciates the effort of Murad in addressing the issue.

Sema said there may be some MILF leaders that have wrongly perceived the MNLF as standing against any crafting of a final government-MILF truce.
“We in the MNLF are not like that. We are for lasting peace in the Bangsamoro area,” Sema said.

Sema said they are willing to dialogue with Murad and other members of the MILF’s central committee to put to rest their misunderstanding over the editorial on www. luwaran.com, following the group’s having acknowledged that the editorial alluding to the MNLF as having links with Kato’s group was unverified and unfounded.

“It should be emphasized that the MILF and the MNLF are not at war with each other. We’re fighting for the same cause – the empowerment of the Moro people, self-governance in the spirit of self-determination,” Sema said.

The MILF’s chief political officer, Ghadzali Jaafar, announced over Catholic station dxMS in Cotabato City Wednesday that the editorial was written based only on unverified, raw information.

The MNLF said both the MILF, which has an on-going peace overture with the national government, and the Armed Forces have no evidence of any BIFM-MNLF connivance in last week’s bloody attacks in five Maguindanao towns.

Misuari’s legal adviser, lawyer Randolph Parcasio, earlier said the MILF’s online publication was baseless and unfounded.

Parcasio and Sema both said all members of the MNLF have religiously been complying with the September 2, 1996 final peace agreement with the national government.

Murad and Sema, both ethnic Maguindanaon, fought the government alongside each other when they were still both in the MNLF.

Murad bolted the MNLF, along with Egyptian-trained cleric Salamat Hashim, in the early 1980s owing to irreconcilable differences with Misuari.

Hashim, who hails from Pagalungan, Maguindanao, helped Misuari establish the MNLF in 1971. He died in Butig, Lanao del Sur in 2003, after having been flushed out of the MILF’s bastion in Pagalungan, the Buliok Complex, which the military took over February 14, 2003 following a week of offensives.
Sema said the MNLF has never been hostile to the MILF even since it was launched by Hashim after he broke away.

“We are all revolutionaries, fighting for land, race, religion and the protection of the Bangsamoro people,” Sema said.

Parcasio said the MILF should not treat the MNLF as an adversary.

Parcasio, speaking on Misuari’s behalf, said they have even been looking forward to the reconciliation of Kato and the MILF’s central committee.

“Because in the first place, the leaders of the MILF and Kato are all Muslims. They read the same Qur’an and worship the same Allah,” Parcasio said.