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PHILIPPINES: Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) says authorities tipped off about Sulu chapel bombing but take no action: cites media report

December 28, 2010

The following article is from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) website, Central Committee on Information.

Why police, Marines allow Sulu chapel’s bombing despite tip-off? MILF asks
©  Luwaran.com
December 28, 2010

The Police and Marines have prior knowledge of the bombing of the Sulu chapel on Christmas Day, a report carried by the GMA TV.news today disclosed.

The police report said prior to the incident, Sulu police and the Philippine Marines received information that six Abu Sayyaf bandits were set to carry out the bombing.

More than 10 people, including two priests and a nine-year-old girl, were injured during the blast.

The report said that prior to the incident, Sulu [Provincial Police Office] and Philippine Marines had intelligence information that Catholic Church to include Asturias [Evangelical] Chapel would be bombed. It would be perpetrated by [Abu Sayyaf] members identified as Sali Said, Najib Magdal, Alhabsi Misaya, Kahil Kadih, a certain Alal and Khan.

Why the police and Marines did not prevent the bombing despite the forewarning?

This was the questioned asked by a provincial chairman of the MILF in northern Sulu, who requested anonymity.

“Do the police and military not trust their intelligence community that they did not act to prevent the bombing? Or it was a simple case of complacency in the face of ‘terror’ attacks advisories during the Christmas season, or this is an outright irresponsibility?”

These are the blunt questions raised by said MILF official in northern Sulu, who told http://www.luwaran.com that the numbers of MILF members in Sulu are increasing due to the correct ideological and political lines pursued by the MILF and the waning influence of the MNLF [Moro National Liberation Front].

He said that the people of Sulu are faced with three choices: To join the ASG [Abu Sayyaf Group], which is a radical organization that believes in kidnapping, indiscriminate bombing, and anti-Christian activities, or the MNLF, which denounces armed struggle to pursue its political objective; or the MILF, which espouses armed struggle and negotiation as the pathways to achieve the aspiration of the Bangsamoro people.

He added the ASG denounces negotiation as a means of capitulation to the enemy, while the MNLF is essentially now a truly reformist organization.

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