In response to the ongoing armed conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in and around the Liguasan Marsh in North Cotabato and Maguindanao, the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), a peace-building non-government organization based in Mindanao today urged government troops as well as local government officials ‘to provide utmost priority’ to the humanitarian needs of the affected communities and to ensure civilian protection.’
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Immediately the next day, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) declared that the situation was under control. But even with this declaration, Duterte, upon his arrival from Russia, not only threatened to be harsh in the exercise of his martial law powers which he likened to that of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s, he threatened to plunge the rest of the country under military control.
“For any candidate who aims to assume the Presidency, having a concrete stand on how he or she will continue to implement the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is crucial. Silence or refusal to discuss this issue is inexcusable and a craven abdication of their moral duty to deliver just peace in Mindanao.”
The head of a Philippine Muslim rebel group has warned that the Islamic State group could gain from frustrations following the failure of the Philippine Congress to pass an autonomy bill as part of a peace agreement.
REACTING to the ongoing military clashes in Lanao del Sur, that has now reportedly displaced more than 2,000 residents since the firefight between alleged extremists and disgruntled Moro rebel elements against government forces erupted in Butig town over a week ago, the Mindanao-based peace advocacy group Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) today urged conflict actors to spare civilians from the battles and asked the government and its peace process partner the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to ‘move quickly and protect innocent civilians’ who have been caught in the crossfire.