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MILF: “We have become the punching bag”

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MAMASAPANO INQUIRY: (From right) Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Philippine National Police (PNP) Officer in Charge Leonardo Espina and Police Director Benjamin Magalong, head of the PNP Board of Inquiry, take their oaths at the start of the Senate inquiry Monday morning, February 9, on the death of the 44 members of the police Special Action Force in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. (PRIB Photo by Alex Nueva España/09 February 2015)

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) claimed that it had become a “punching bag” by receiving criticisms over the Mamasapano incident that had 44 Special Action Forces dead in an encounter with moro rebels two weeks ago.

In an editorial posted on the MILF website luwaran.net, the group said that the group seemed to have no right to defend itself from criticisms that they deliberately killed the SAF troopers.

“The MILF became the punching bag, as if it has no right to defend itself even at the throes of annihilation. Some media people described their deaths as a massacre; others called the close encounter as ambush,” the editorial read.

According to the MILF, lack of coordination with the group should be blamed for the encounter.

Last January 25, the Philippine National Police – SAF went to Mamasapano to issue a warrant of arrest against two terrorist but chanced upon the MILF and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and an encounter ensued.

“Who fired first is a ‘chicken and egg’ question. It is not material to determine who is guilty simply because he made the first shot, after which hell broke loose! The MILF and the Police commandos literally bumped each other, so that the distance separating them, according to one account, was barely four or five meters apart.”

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