The government will ensure
the welfare of the estimated 3,000 families displaced by the ongoing
military campaign in Central Mindanao aimed at going after lawless
elements in the region, the Palace has said.
"Ayon sa ulat ng ating
Sandatahang Lakas ay mayroon nang na-displace na 3,000 pamilya,
humigit-kumulang 15,000 katao ito, sa Central Mindanao, at puspusang
kumikilos ang pamahalaan upang mabigyan sila ng kaukulang pagtulong
at tiyakin ang kanilang maayos na kalagayan," Communication
Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a press briefing in
Malacañang on Thursday.
Secretary Coloma said the
military and the police are working together to neutralize criminal
elements and terrorists groups, such as the Bangsamoro Islamic
Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and at the same time ensure the safety of
President Benigno S. Aquino
III recently ordered a military operation against those groups,
according to Coloma.
Members of the BIFF, the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and other armed groups have
been implicated in the bloody clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao which
resulted in the death of 44 members of the police’s elite force last
Meanwhile, the Palace
brushed off calls for the government to replace the present
composition of negotiators talking peace with the MILF.
Senator Francis Escudero has
said that the President must replace the members of the present
negotiating team because they are apparently biased towards the MILF
with regards to the Mamasapano incident.
In response, Coloma said:
"Buo ang tiwala ng ating Pangulo sa mga bumubuo ng ating peace
panel, kabilang na si Secretary Teresita Deles, ang Presidential
Adviser on the Peace Process, at si (Chairperson of the government
peace panel) Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer."
"Ginagampanan nila ang
kanilang tungkulin nang ayon sa patnubay na ibinibigay ng Pangulo,"
he added. PND (as)
(full story: (02.26.15)