Thursday, February 5, 2015

Senator Marcos talks with MILF Chief Negotiator Iqbal: Help Return Arms to PNP

MANILA-Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos today revealed that he talked with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohaqer Iqbal and asked the Muslim leader to convince his men to bring back the arms confiscated during the clash between the rebel group and the Special Action Force (SAF) troopers in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
 
Marcos likewise urged Iqbal to explain the current relationship of the MILF with the BIFF and the possibility of the MILF helping in current efforts to locate and arrest Basit Usman, one of two terrorists believed still hiding in the hinterlands of Mindanao.
 
In his interview with Kabayan Noli de Castro over DZMM this morning, the Senator from the Ilocos Norte admitted that his intention in talking with Iqbal is his personal desire to seek the truth behind last Sunday’s carnage. The Senator met Iqbal yesterday at his Senate office.
 
Describing the meeting as “cordial” and “enlightening”, Marcos used the opportunity to convince the Moro leader of the importance of reviving the trust and confidence of the people behind these peace efforts. The current outrage of the people against what happened is expected, says Marcos.
 
Marcos Jr. wants to resume discussions about the Bangsamoro Basic Law and he is just waiting for the government to submit a comprehensive report on what happened.
 
Marcos, who chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government, says that as a Senator, he has the responsibility to seek a permanent and lasting solution to the conflicts affecting our country. He desires peace, but not without knowing the truth behind the alleged execution of police troopers.
 
“ Nawala talaga ang tiwala ng magkabilang panig at ng mga tao sa usapang pangkapayapaan. May confidence building measure ako para maibalik ang tiwala. Di pa natin talaga nalalaman kung ano talaga ang nangyari,” says Marcos.

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