helped the government bring the killers to justice? No, and they are beating the war drums again.
I wonder if the new AFP Chief of Staff, Alexander Yano, really means business when he vows to end the Moro and communist insurgencies by 2010. I think his greatest problems will be with the "peace processors" like Dureza and Garcia who have the craziest notions about what peace really means. And justice.
La Zamboanga Prensa captures the mood of defiance being put up by Zamboangueños, led by Mayor Celso Lobregat, in the face of the latest terrorist bombing attack on their city last Thursday. Mayor Lobregat calls on the citizens to "be vigilant, show no fear" and to give all assistance to the authorities in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Although the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) website has officially condemned the bomb blast, Zamboanga police director Jaime Caringal has raised the ire of the MILF insurgents for saying that the bomb materials used bear the signature of the MILF Special Operations Team.
Khaled Musa, deputy chairman of the MILF committee on information, denounced the linking of the MILF to the latest bomb blast in Zamboanga City.US AMBASSADOR KRISTIE KENNEY did something very foolish last February--she met with the Al Hadj Murad of the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front in what was widely seen as a major propaganda victory for the Muslim insurgent group MILF, the armed Moro secessionist group currently fighting the Philippine government. who have all but admitted complicity in several of the ambushes and beheadings that took the lives of over 50 Philippine Marines in Mindanao last year. Ambassador Kenney also got a lot of praise from the local media, who usually take the position that there would be peace in Mindanao and with the CPP NPA if only the government would be willing to talk things over with them. Maybe, Ambassador Kenney thought that talking to the poor aggrieved ambushmen and beheaders with the axes and AK47's would help jump start "the peace process". I guess she got her answer last Thursday, as the MILF exploded a deadly bomb in Zamboanga City, right in front of the Western Mindanao Command air base gate, killing two and injuring 14. But on her visit to Zamboanga today, the US envoy decided to skip a visit to the bomb site.
“This is a serious allegation against the MILF. This is an irresponsible statement. The MILF is a partner of the government in the search for genuine peace in Mindanao.”
He called on Zamboanga Peninsula Police Office (ZPPO) Director Jaime Caringal to retract his statement.
Caringal said the bomb carries the signature of the MILF's Special Operations Team (SOT).
According to Caringal, the type of bomb that was used in Thursday morning's bombing has similarity to the explosives used by the MILF in previous bombings here in Mindanao.