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Government to extend assistance to families affected by ongoing military operation in Central Mindanao
 

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 communities there.

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 January 25.

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)


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