Three days ago, 49 policemen were brutally killed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao, Philippines – when there was supposed to be a ceasefire agreement between the Philippine government and the rebel group.
An 11-hour gun battle broke out after police entered the remote town of Mamasapano, held by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), around 3:00 am Sunday (1900 GMT Saturday) without coordinating with the rebels as required under their ceasefire agreement. x
The police was conducting an operation to arrest two international terrorists – top bomb makers and members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a South East Asian terrorist group with links to Al-Qaeda, who were reportedly hiding in Mindanao. Apparently, the operation was kept under the radar; no information was given to the head of the local government and to the MILF. MILF issued a statement saying what they did was “self-defense,” since it was nighttime and they weren’t given prior notice that a government police unit was entering their territory. If there was no coordination but there really was ongoing peace talks, if the Philippine government and the MILF were under a ceasefire agreement, why did it have to come to this appalling violence? (Apparently, there’s a video uploaded to Youtube where it showed the mutilated bodies of the dead cops).
Words cannot express how tragic this is. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the police officers who sacrificed their lives. This hits close to home since my father is a cop back in the Philippines. And my whole being aches just thinking about something like this happening to him and to my family – especially since I’m on the other side of the world.
I’ve been trying to monitor the news by checking different international news sources to check and see how the rest of the world is reacting to this, but all I’m finding are moronic comments. Lives were lost yet people are like “dat acronym doe,” referring to the Islamic rebel group’s name. Giggling idiots all making the same lame joke. So much for intelligent, thoughtful discussions on the news of the world.
The truth needs to be found and justice must be served.