MILF breakaway may sow violence - military

Posted at 01/26/2014 5:50 PM

MANILA -- The military celebrated the government’s signing of the final hurdle in the peace pact, saying this will contribute to the reduction of violence in Mindanao.

But Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesman of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, which operates in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) bailiwick of Central Mindanao, warned that the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) might retaliate.

“Most likely they will sow violence -- though they are contained -- because they are opposed to a peaceful settlement. If they will sow violence, our soldiers and policemen are very ready,” Hermoso said.

The government and the MILF signed on Saturday the normalization annex, which calls for the disarmament, demobilization and socio-economic integration of MILF members.

Hermoso said MILF members are also ready in case of attacks.

“They are being contained so that these BIFF men would not enter MILF communities,” he said.

“We coordinating with the appropriate government agencies to persuade this group not to resort to violence because it will displace civilians, cause joblessness, and threaten away investors,” he added.