End Of Ramadan Beginning Of War In Mindanao? MILF Commander in YouTube

One of the commanders of the lost-command of the Moro rebel group comes out in the open taunting the military and the government for their failure to capture him.

So Ramadan is over the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) rebels are back in action. Just A day before Id Al Fitir, one of the MILF commanders that the government offered a P10 million bounty aired his side at a Youtube video where he mocked the military for their failure to capture him.

The video was uploaded by a certain Bangsamoro08 on September 30 and runs for almost 9 minutes. Appearing on the video was Commander Ameril Ombra Kato who got a P10 million bounty for his capture.

Aside from him two other MILF commanders Abdullah Macapaar, alias Bravo got a P10 million bounty, while Aleem Sulaiman Pangalian was placed for a P5 million bounty.

The governement offered the bounty for the capture of the three alleged MILF lost-command leader for allegedly being responsible for the “war in Mindanao” almost two months ago because of the halted signing of the agreement on ancestral domain between the MILF and the government for the expansion of the ARMM properties and the creation of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE).

You can watch the Youtube video here although non-Filipino readers/watchers won’t be able to understand it because it’s in Tagalog so I will just summarize it to you in here.

Kato is the commanding officer of the one of the base of MILF and he denies allegations of being a commander of the lost-command of MILF stressing that “lost” means he defied an order/law of their group which he did not, he said.

He bluntly denies allegations that they, his group, were the reason for the war in Mindanao.
Kato said it was not their group that started the flames but the military together with the CAFGU who hit the first strike they have no choice but to fight back.

It was so similar to what I said in my earlier post about this issue that this “war” could just be a ploy of the government to make it appear that there is a war in Mindanao (so she can declare Martial Law and cling in the position much longer than what is allowed).

Kato said he is no longer surprised by the bounty for his capture as in a Jihad (Holy War) offering bounty was the last resort of the weaker force as their last tactic to capture their enemy.

In the Youtube video, Kato was asked why he think the war in Maguindanao escalated to this level. He flatly pinpointed that this is President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s plan and she is maneuvering all this to her favor.

He said President Arroyo made them look like fools when she steped back in signing the MOA on ancestral domain owing it to the restraining order of the Supreme Court that later on decided that the agreement is unconstitutional.

“Malaking kalokohan. Over 10 years ago na nagapgusapan nyan ganun pa nya tignan at saka sasabihin kailangan tignan muna ng Supreme Court kung di ba labag sa constitution ng Pilipinas. Ung pagpunta mga GRP panel sa Malaysia, maari ba silang magpunta dun an walang authorization sa Malakanyang.”

Kato was saying that the peace talks between the MILF and the government has been going on for more than 10 years and this agreement was offered to them by President Arroyo. President Arroyo was saying she got nothing to do with this agreement when she was in fact on her way to signing it. The GRP panel could not offer such to the Moro group if there was no blessing from the higher authorities. (News source: INQ.net Kato Twits Military in Youtube Video)

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Jaffer,

    Thanks for this insight. I was also surprised by this video as it was uploaded a day before the end of Ramadan which is very peculiar really.

    However, I still think this is one of the present administrations plot as our president is really pushing for longer term. Maybe want to be a permanent resident of the Malacañang Palace.

  2. If the MILF were the Muslims as they claim to be, They’d know that 3 months after Ramadan are the “Forbidden Months”

    It is forbidden to fight, spill blood, pass a ban, impose sanctions, restrictions etc.
    These months are there to improve relations with friends, neighbours, communities and the world at large.

    The Government should not appease to these terrorists. This is only a political war in the name of religion.
    The government should step up against such thugs and seek help if required.

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