Friday, September 5, 2014

Creation of Bangsamoro urged to halt ISIS’ recruitment in the Philippines

From the Website of MILF

Creation of Bangsamoro urged to halt ISIS’ recruitment in the Philippines

The need to establish a new political entity dubbed Bangsamoro has become imperative after some Moro people are trying to join, or may already be fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a former leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) said yesterday.

Haji Acmad Bayam, the MNLF’s chief propagandist in the past, told the Manila Bulletin yesterday that he believes the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would be a better foil for any of the reported Filipino Muslims who were trying to sneak to Syria and Iraq to train and fight with the unforgiving ISIS Sunni militants.

He said the government should take seriously the reports because there was already a precedent when Moro militants joined the Afghanistan revolution against the former Union of Soviet Socialist Russia (USSR).

“Some of them were known to have come back to the Philippines and spread the virus of revolution,” said Bayam.
He said there are reports that some Moro people have already joined the ISIS, or Islamic State (IS), which has and continues to carve its own territory out of Syria and Iraq, and called it a caliphate.

Bayam said those with the ISIS now, if they survive the fighting in the Middle East, will surely be going home, he said.

But what is scary is that the ISIS ideology leaves no space for co-existence and tolerance for its perceived enemies, he pointed out.

He said that with the Bangsamoro government under the MILF, with its own security apparatus that is also under the national government, returning militants will face their fellow Moro people in case violence breaks outs.

In referring to the Bangsamoro, it means that the new political entity to be created through the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to implement the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), signed by the MILF and the Philippine government on March 27 this year.

On the other hand, both the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have said they have not received confirmation that Filipino Muslims were already with the ISIS.

Earlier, former President Fidel V. Ramos and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said they have received information that Filipino Muslims were being recruited to join the ISIS.

MILF Website

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