AFP: No definite time yet to end campaign vs lawless rebel elements in Mindanao
Cotabato City (27 November) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines has no definite timeline yet as to when it would end their campaign against the rogue Bangsamoro rebels in Mindanao especially so that politicians are in the midst of heated confrontation regarding sensitive political issues.
AFP Chief of Staff Alexander Yano admits that their operations against the rebel groups are somehow affected by political policies especially on developments regarding peace talks.
Yano however clarified that they not coordinating with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) regarding the scuttled peace negotiation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
It might be recalled that earlier, MILF chief negotiator Mohager Icqbal pointed out that the MILF is ready to go back to the negotiating table provided that government will sign the controversial Memo of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD).
The resumption of peace talks yet to be considered by both sides and for the meantime that the peace negotiation with the MILF still remains uncertain, the military will have to pursue their police action against the rogue elements of the MILF in Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato and the province of Maguindanao, Yano further said. (CLC/PIA Cotabato City) [top]