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Fidel Ramos lists 10 'factors' behind Mamasapano tragedy

By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated January 28, 2015 - 5:54pm

Former President Fidel V. Ramos on Wednesday issued a statement on the Mindanao peace process and enumerated what he believes are the possible reasons behind Sunday's bloodshed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Ramos, who founded the police Special Action Force during his term, found the irreparable loss of 44 commandos in Mamapasano town needless as the operation's targets are yet to be confirmed dead.

"The intended mission of the SAF contingent was to capture Malaysian Zulkifli Abdul Hir (also known as Marwan) and Filipino Basit Usman, both notorious terrorists," Ramos said. "Ironically, it has not been confirmed if these wanted criminals were fully accounted for."

Ramos cited factors that led to the elite forces' clash with fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which the government has signed a preliminary peace deal with.

"It is ... clear that the tragic happening was a combination of these factors," he said.

- Inadequate confidence-building measures (CBMs) among the civilian-military-police stakeholders

- Poor or lack of coordination

- Faulty written SOPs and rules of engagement

- Slipshod monitoring of the existing "ceasefire" between maneuver and fire support elements, lack of teamwork

- Poor unit troop leadership

- Poor tactical intelligence

- Lack of sincerity to pursue peace on the part of the MILF

- Inadequate command guidance from the higher commander

- Poor strategic direction from the Commander-in-Chief

- Ramos also said government peace negotiators should have consulted retired military and police officers who were assigned in Mindanao.


He also said that the deaths of young police enforcers were "needless" and are "more than enough cause for national mourning."

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/ ... no-tragedy


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January 28th, 2015, 4:04 pm #12


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SEN. PANFILO LACSON SUGGESTS ALL-OUT-WAR INSTEAD


Lacson wants all-out war vs MILF
October 21, 2011 10:49am

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday urged President Benigno Aquino III to declare an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in light of the clash between government and Moro rebel forces in Basilan that killed 19 soldiers.

"It's time for PNoy to do an Erap. Peace in Mindanao cannot be achieved unless a tactical victory is attained first by the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines)," Lacson said in a text message to reporters.

Lacson, a former National Police chief and current chairman of the Senate defense committee, was referring to the all-out war campaign by the Estrada administration against the MILF in Central Mindanao in 2000.

At the time, most of the rebel group's camps, including Camp Abubakar, fell into government's hands. But hundreds of lives of soldiers and rebels were lost, and thousands of civilians were evacuated to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.

On Thursday, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile also urged Aquino to stop the negotiations since the MILF was supposedly not sincere in its efforts to achieve peace.

But the President has rejected the idea, stressing that an all-out war will not help improve the situation.

Also, presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles has said that negotiations with the MILF will resume in November despite the bloody killing of 19 soldiers.


'Untie the hands'

Still, Lacson said that it is time to "untie the hands" of our soldiers and authorize them to fight the MILF on equal terms and not "handicapped" by the peace talks "characterized by treachery and deceit."

"It is odd that our territorial integrity is being threatened from within. The belligerence of the MILF is something that we deserve because we continue to give them that status,"
he said.

"There is only one Armed Forces of the Philippines under only one commander-in-chief. Any other armed group outside the AFP and the PNP and other law enforcement agencies must be considered as enemy of the state and should be treated as such under existing laws of the republic. It is difficult for our soldiers to understand why they should not be allowed to patrol or conduct military exercises in any part of their area of jurisdiction," he added. — RSJ, GMA News

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THIS IS ONE REASON WHY WE CANNOT BE THIS SOFT ON THE MILF!
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January 28th, 2015, 4:13 pm #13

Lacson: Mamasapano raid didn't need top brass clearance

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Posted at 01/28/2015 5:42 PM | Updated as of 01/28/2015 6:02 PM

MANILA – Former senator Panfilo Lacson believes clearance from the top brass of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is not needed even for a sensitive operation such as the Mamasapano raid, which ended in the deaths of 44 elite cops.

Lacson, a former PNP chief, told dzMM, "Hindi na kailangang malaman ng higher headquarters kasi tactical ito... na simpleng law enforcement function na kung saan magse-serve ako ng warrant of arrest, hindi ko na kailangan itong i-clear pa sa national headquarters o sa secretary ng DILG."

PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina earlier admitted that top PNP officials were not informed about Sunday's raid, where Special Action Force personnel and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters clashed.

The raid was launched supposedly to arrest Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias ''Marwan'' and his Filipino cohort, Basit Usman.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said there is a high likelihood that Marwan was killed in the police raid, but he said this information still needs validation.

Lacson also rejected that the clash was a simple "mis-encounter" especially since the gun battle lasted for hours and the police were wearing their proper uniforms.

"Mahirap tanggapin 'yung misencounter theory. Ang mas appropriate na tawag dito, masaker kasi walang kalaban-laban na 'yung mga pulis,'' Lacson said.

"Dapat at a certain point, nahinto na 'yung sinasabing misencounter at hinuli na lamang o na-capture tapos ini-report pero para ubusin mo 'yung contingent na 'yun, e malabo na 'yung teorya na misencounter."

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/28 ... -clearance


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I AGREE!

Nonetheless, the BIFF/MILF didn't know those were SAF troops who were simply trying to pass by and head back to base.

They only stopped when 'joint team' interceded, which eventually saved 30 SAF troopers.

By the way, when it comes to hunting down HVTs on areas where there are massive enemy presence and the engagement rules are complicated by a ceasefire agreement, it is best that all concerned should be involved in the decision-making.
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January 28th, 2015, 4:36 pm #14

Erap to gov't: Don't trust the MILF

Estrada said, "Peace talks, ceasefire...but killings continue, kidnappings continue. What else? We have exhausted all remedies to make peace with them for more than 40 years."

ANC – Tue, Jan 27, 2015

"You can never trust this MILF. That's what I believe in."

These are strong words from former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada, who waged an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) back in 2000.

The former commander-in-chief also belittled the ongoing peace talks with the MILF, citing his own experience of how the group repeatedly did not keep its end of the deal.

Estrada then debunked the MILF's position that the Maguindanao clash, where over 40 policemen died was an isolated case.

"Peace talks, ceasefire...but killings continue, kidnappings continue. What else? We have exhausted all remedies to make peace with them for more than 40 years," said Estrada.

Estrada recalled that during his campaign against the MILF, the military was able to capture most of the rebel group's camps including Camp Abubakar which was the main stronghold of the MILF.

Estrada believes that there should be no compromise in preserving the country's territorial integrity.

He said, "What happened to ARMM? we spent billions there but it was a big failure... We have only one government and one constitution to follow. What kind of government do we have if we can't impose our own laws on our own land? That's why we are left behind by our neighbors."

Estrada also explained why he decided to wage war with the MILF and not the New People's Army, despite the fact that the latter has been in the country longer.

"The NPA, their end-game is to overthrow the government. But this MILF, the secessionist movement, they want to dismember our country... It was my sworn duty to protect our country at all costs," he said.

Despite his reluctance to give unsolicited advice, Estrada urged the current administration to be cautious in dealing with the MILF.

He also hopes that President Noynoy Aquino will succeed where other presidents had failed.

Estrada said, "Let us all pray that President Aquino will do his best to be successful in this negotiation with the MILF."

https://anc.yahoo.com/news/erap-to-gov- ... 31541.html

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It was President Erap Estrada who ordered the infamous SUMMER 2000 campaign, with the late Gen. Angelo Reyes as AFP Chief, which obliterated all the MILF camps including their main camp 'Camp Abubakar'.

The all-out-war versus the MILF totally maimed the Moro rebel force. Unfortunately, when President Gloria Arroyo took over as president, she ruined all those gains.
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SUMMER 2000 MILITARY CAMPAIGN VS. MILF

Prior to the Summer 2000 campaign, US Defense Secretary Cohen was sent by President Bill Clinton to ask President Erap Estrada not to pursue the all-out-war.

Estrada answered that he could not change the decision anymore and he wished that the US respects the Philippine sovereignty on this issue.

Sadly, when President Gloria Arroyo took over, US Ambassador Christie Kenny worked hard in forging a peace deal with the MILF. The Supreme Court junked it nonetheless, being unconstitutional.


Reference (see video) https://anc.yahoo.com/news/erap-to-gov- ... 31541.html


I hope the US will realize that we now need to stop these terror attacks, which the MILF/BIFF is believed to be involved, one way or the other.

The US, if it really wants to help us and partner with us on the war against terror, should help us modernize our military more in order to defeat these terrorists and warmongers and compel the MILF and other groups as well as those that will be spawned in the future to really cooperate with us

... and not act as if they are extorting authority from the legit Philippine government already, and threatening us with more terror.

We could have finished the MILF problem without yielding anything and simply fix whatever was wrong with ARMM and enticed the MILF to work with the govt. through the existing framework, which is the ARMM, had the US not ruined the gains of the Summer 2000 campaign.
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January 28th, 2015, 6:48 pm #16

Ex-SAF leader: What cops did right, wrong in Mamasapano

By David Dizon, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 01/28/2015 5:54 PM

MANILA - A former battalion commander of the Special Action Force believes police commandos followed the correct procedure in the operation to capture two terror suspects in Mamasapano, Maguindanao before they were attacked by Moro rebels.

Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, a former Philippine National Police official who led a SAF battalion during the 1992 ARMM elections, said the decision not to inform the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was a judgment call made by the field commander conducting the operation.

He said that in the past, many government missions were compromised after operations were "coordinated" with Moro rebels.

"Coordination can be done before, during or even after the operation...Nagiging negative dahil sa coordination. Nasusunog yan," he said.

"Tama yung ginawa ng Special Action Force na base sa kanilang experience na nag ne-negative ang coordination e hinit nila yung target nila and then after accomplishment of their mission on their way to the station, i-blotter o i-report ang pangyayari. They are following police operational procedure...Kaya lang on their way to report the situation, kinuyog na sila at nagkaroon na ng bakbakan."

On the other hand, Bataoil said the SAF should have informed top PNP officials about the operation since it is being done in a critical area of the country.

"Importante na alam ng leadership ng PNP ito. Kapag major operation atsaka deployment sa lugar na critical, importante na malaman ng leadership ito at ma-cover ng operations plan. So yun ay isang bagay na ino-obserbahan natin under our rules of engagement,"
he said.

Bataoil also backed the decision of the PNP to relieve SAF chief Getulio Napeñas pending the outcome of the investigation on the Maguindanao clash.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas earlier described the incident as a "misencounter" after police commandos tracked down terror suspects Zulkifli bin Hir and Abdul Basit Usman in Mamasapano.

The MILF has said the operation was not coordinated with the ceasefire committee, prompting MILF rebels to fire on the police commandos.

Forty-four SAF members were killed while 12 others were wounded in the clash.

Roxas said an inquiry will look into the culpability and liability of officers or men who led the SAF operation as well as the external liability of the attackers.

He also noted that the operation was not coordinated with the command group of the PNP. "Malalaman na lang lahat yan sa board of inquiry," he said.

Magdalo Rep. Ashley Magdalo Acedillo earlier said the actions of the SAF were "within the bounds of the law - in fact, to serve an arrest warrant - and within the prerogative of the State to pursue law enforcement operations especially targeted against suspected terrorists."

For his part, Bataoil urged government to declare a National Day of Mourning and/or a National Day of Prayer for the fallen police commandos.

If a National Day of Mourning is declared, all government agencies will be required to fly the Philippine flag at half-mast as tribute to the heroism of the slain SAF commandos.

He also urged lawmakers to give voluntary contributions to the families of the slain commandos.

"Para maka move on man lang at makatulong although no amount of money can positively assuage the broken feelings, broken hopes and broken dreams of the family," he said.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regio ... mamasapano
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January 29th, 2015, 9:06 am #17

US men seen helping PH guys load the SAF casualties into a US chopper





It is possible that they were there to get samples of Marwan's DNA to confirm the kill. Marwan is on the FBI's most wanted list with US$5 Million bounty on his head.

Photos: credit to Eliseo Mercado‎/PHILIPPINE SABAH CLAIM FORUM
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Troops took a photo of Marwan as a part of evidence.
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Brigada News Fm Cotabato City

Emosyon bumuhos sa pag alis ng mga nasawing PNP SAF!

Paalis na ng Cotabato Airport ang tatlong C130 na naglalaman ng mga labi 42 elemento ng PNP SAF

Nailagay ang mga ito sa Metal Casket at mismong ang mga matatas na official ng militar at kapulisan ang nanguna sa paghatid

Bumuhos naman ang emosyon di lamang mula sa mga kaanak ng mga nasawing SAF kundi pati sa taumbayan habang isinasakay ang mga ito sa eroplano

Inaasahang lalapag ito sa Villamor Airbase at direktang dadalhin sa Camp Bagong Diwa upang bigyan ng pagkilala sa kanilang ginawang kabayanihan(Dennis Arcon BNFM COTABATO)

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Philippine Air Force drone view of the arrival ceremony by PNP at Col Jesus Villamor Air Base grandstand in honor of the 42 fallen heroes of PNP-SAF in the January 25,2015 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

(Photo courtesy of Philippine Air Force)

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January 29th, 2015, 9:35 am #19

Community leaders 'informed MILF leaders of SAF presence'

By John Unson (philstar.com) | Updated January 29, 2015 - 2:38pm

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao - Community leaders tipped off local Moro commanders about the presence of the Special Action Force (SAF) that came to Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.

A barangay official in Mamasapano told a local television program that he informed officials of the 105th Base Command of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front of the presence of the policemen, whom he thought were Moro rebels.

He said MILF commanders he called to verify had informed him that they were not initiating any tactical maneuver in the area at that time.

Some community elders said they, too, had verified from local Moro commanders the identities of the men in combat uniforms that arrived.

"It was dark and we can't see the patches on their uniform from a distance. We were also scared to go out and check," said one of them.

More than 40 members of the police’s SAF who came to find two wanted terrorists, Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli Bin Hir, also known as “Marwan,” and his ethnic Maguindanaon cohort Basit Usman, were killed in the ensuing 10-hour running firefight with MILF rebels who engaged them for allegedly intruding into their enclave without prior notice.

The MILF central leadership admitted that they also lost guerillas in the encounter. Local officials said 11 MILF members were killed in the incident.

A SAF member who survived the encounter, but lost his firearm as he retreated from the scene, said they were attacked from three directions while guarding an open field near the route of their companions who proceeded to the hideout of the two terrorists in an open field not far from an irrigation canal straddling through a corn farm.

The policeman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said some of his wounded companions who ran out of ammunition crawled near the irrigation dike, where rebels finished them off with rifle shots to their heads.

“We ran out of ammunition so there was no way we can stop them from coming close,” the policeman said in Filipino.

The MILF’s figurehead, Al-Haj Murad, and their chief negotiator, Muhaquer Iqbal, both said the encounter would have been avoided had the Philippine National Police coordinated with the joint ceasefire committee in keeping with security protocols stipulated in all of their interim security agreements with government, including the July 1997 Agreement on General Cessation of Hostilities.

Barangay folks said the SAF contingent was outflanked by MILF guerillas and members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters that joined the foray when the policemen trying to escape carrying wounded companions came close to a BIFF enclave in nearby Barangay Mangapang, also in Mamasapano.

Villagers said members of the BIFF had also brutally finished off with shots to the head no fewer than ten wounded policemen, whose firearms they carted away as they repositioned to a nearby swamp.


“Two of the wounded policemen who were executed even managed to strap tourniquets on their legs which were hit by bullets in the initial encounter,”a villager said.

A peasant named Badrudin Nanganlan, 21, and a five-year-old child, Sarah Sampulna Panangulon, were killed in the crossfire.

The victim’s 19-year-old wife, Sarah, told reporters her husband was immediately buried in keeping with Islamic tradition of burying the dead within 24 hours from the time of death.

The SAF-MILF gunfights that lasted for more than 10 hours also left a villager, Said Pasawilan, wounded.

“Villagers were running everywhere. We heard loud automatic gunshots and explosions,” said Ahmida Muda, whose family was forced to evacuate to a safer area for fear of a repeat of the encounter.

Saida Esmael, also a resident of Barangay Tukanalipao, said they tried to leave and head to the town proper as the firefight ensued, but balked and stayed at one side of the road as the exchanges of gunfire intensified.

Esmael Hashim, incumbent chairman of Barangay Tukanalipao, said he noticed the SAF men arrive and was surprised that none of them came to see him to coordinate.

He said previous police and military operations in their barangay were properly coordinated with community leaders and the local government unit of Mamasapano.

“It was about 4 a.m. (January 25) when we heard gunshots near the barangay Islamic center and that was the start of a long encounter,” Hashim said.

http://www.philstar.com/nation/2015/01/ ... f-presence
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What happened before: Mamasapano incident 3rd SAF-MILF clash since 1995

By John Unson (philstar.com) | Updated January 29, 2015 - 5:17pm

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao - The deadly encounter last Sunday between members of the police’s elite Special Action Force (SAF) and Moro rebels in Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao was not Central Mindanao's first, but the third since 1995.

More than a dozen SAF operatives were killed in 1995 in an encounter with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in Barangay Gokotan in Pikit, North Cotabato during the height of an uprising by peasant-guerillas in nearby Kibines District in Carmen, also in the same province, in protest of attempts to force them out of their lands around the Malitubog-Maridagao irrigation dam being constructed in the area then.

The multi-million irrigation project, designed to irrigate some 10,000-hectares of rice farms in North Cotabato, was bankrolled by foreign donors.

The SAF members were running after a band of MILF rebels, reportedly led by Pakil Ayunan, who were sympathetic to their companions fighting government forces in Kibines, led by Kagui Magandingan Manalos.

The SAF team was ambushed while maneuvering through a corn field near houses occupied by armed villagers and hardcore secessionist rebels.

Outnumbered and outflanked, the SAF men were almost wiped out in the encounter.

The rebels divested the slain policemen of their firearms, combat boots and other belongings before repositioning away, anticipating a military counter-offensive.

The rebels, whose commander lost a sibling in the encounter, even held hostage for several hours the broadcast crew of Catholic station dxMS in Cotabato City, led by journalist Allan Nawal, now working for a national newspaper, who arrived at Barangay Gokotan the next day to investigate on the SAF-MILF encounter.

The armed group confiscated the two-way radios of the reporters before allowing them to leave, after learning that Nawal is of Maguindanaon descent and related to influential commanders of the Moro National Liberation Front in North Cotabato’s adjoining Pikit, Carmen and Kabacan towns.

The broadcast equipment the rebels took from Nawal and his companions were returned two days later through the efforts of senior MILF officials Ghadzali Jaafar and Muhaquer Iqbal.

Jaafar was the rebel group’s vice chairman for political affairs then. He is now the second vice chairman of the MILF’s central committee and occasionally acts as the group’s spokesperson.

Iqbal at that time was still the MILF’s chief information and propaganda officer. He became the group’s chief negotiator later and was instrumental in the crafting, along with the government’s peace panel, of the October 15, 2013 Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro and, subsequently, the March 27, 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro.

Several SAF members were killed in another encounter with MILF rebels in an interior area near Barangay Rajah Muda, also in Pikit in 2005, exactly 10 years after the Gokotan incident.

The firefight involved local guerillas and a group of SAF operatives, originally from Manila, then assigned to guard interior areas in northeast of Pikit, including the MILF bastion Buliok Complex, which the Army and Marines liberated from rebel control in February 2003 after an extensive, three week operation dubbed “Oplan Alab Lahi.”


The Alab Lahi offensive, supervised by the now retired Major Gen. Generoso Senga of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, was to flush out members of the “Pentagon” kidnapping syndicate from the 3,000-hectare Buliok Complex at the swampy border of Pikit and Pagalungan town in Maguindanao.

The military operation, which culminated on Valentine’s Day in 2003, forced the MILF’s founding chairman, Egyptian-trained cleric Imam Salamat Hashim, to abandon his house at the Buliok Complex, relocate to the hinterland Butig town in Lanao del Sur, where he died from a cardiac ailment several months later.

Central Mindanao's second bloody SAF-MILF gunfight erupted when policemen intruded into a guerilla enclave near Barangay Rajah Muda to search for a wanted person on the behest of Pikit’s town mayor then.

The SAF team suffered fatalities and lost several sophisticated rifles equipped with sniping scopes and night vision devices in the ensuing firefight.

Last Sunday’s fierce SAF-MILF encounter in Mamasapano, located in the second district of Maguindanao, happened also 10 years after the two groups fought for the second time in Pikit.

The SAF contingent that arrived in Mamasapano before dawn Sunday was to search for two terrorists, Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli Abd Hir, also known as "Marwan," and his ethnic Maguindanaon cohort, Abdul Basit Usman.


Marwan is a member of the Jemaah Islamiya, the Asian cell of Al-Qaeda. Usman, wanted for deadly bombings in Central Mindanao in years past, was said to have undergone training in handling of explosives and fabrication of improvised bombs in Peshawar, Pakistan and in Kandahar, Afghanistan during the late 1980s.

At least 44 SAF operatives were killed when MILF rebels and members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters attacked them from different directions for allegedly intruding into their enclaves in Mamasapano’s adjoining Barangays Tukanalipao and Mangapang without prior coordination.

Local officials said 11 MILF fighters were killed in the encounter, which also left two villagers dead.

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