By Jauhari Usman: Ang sabi nga nang karamihan kaya natin ito, as long as we all do the same for the good of all, what not that we can not do it. The same as what we have in Baloi, the current of what Baloi is. The young Baloinians, young modern generations should start their innovation for good governance of Baloi. A first class Municipality that should lead the province of Lanao del Norte, that will work as a model Municipality for other municipalities, for Economic, Social, Education, Political and above all Religious endeavor. Kaya sa lahat, walang hindi makakayanan kung tayo'y magkakaisa religiously.
MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte said the bloody encounter between Police Special Action Force and elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao was not the fault of the rebel group.
“I lament the needless loss of lives,” Duterte said, “I share the grief of the nation because I know this is hurting us, but you also cannot just take revenge against the MILF or the guys there inside the territory.”
Over 40 members of Police Special Action Force were killed in a clash with elements of 105th command base of the MILF Sunday. The police commandos were supposed to arrest Malaysian bomb expert Zulkifli Bin Hir and Abu Sayyaf Group member Basit Usman.
Both the government and the MILF said the incident was a case of “misencounter” brought by the absence of proper coordination.
Duterte said it was the government troops that entered the territory of the rebels, saying it was a violation of the agreement between the MILF and the government.
The carnage could have been avoided if only the government respected the agreement to not encroach MILF territories while a ceasefire is being observed.
“The loss of lives was really terrible,” he said. “Nanghinayang ako (I feel bad about it), because it was needless. But you can’t just enter that territory.”
Asked who is to blame? Duterte said “I am not going to blame the MILF because definitely it was in their territory, where we were not supposed to enter.”
Duterte noted that the Philippine government – “to a certain extent” – has surrendered a portion of its sovereignty over a “piece of property” controlled by the MILF in its bid to end the Moro rebellion waged over the past 40 years.
“There is war and we are fixing it,” he said. “That is the reason (why the government gave the MILF its territory).”
Meanwhile, the mayor said it would be very dangerous if the government and the MILF will end up abandoning the peace process following the carnage.
And declaring war against the MILF is like “creating a monster.”
“We can’t just abandon the peace process because of the faux pas,” he said.