I always understand that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) cannot be tagged outrightly as terrorist because as claimed they champion the Moro people’s cause and has put allegedly a legitimate struggle against the established Philippine government. In its struggle to achieve political ends, it has to fight militarily against the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which is tasked to protect the constitution of the
But the recent attack in Kolambogan (Lanao del Norte) killing innocent and armless civilians besmirched the image of the MILF. It can be viewed as a desperate action to achieve their political ends – autonomy in the minimal and
The leadership of MILF cannot escape from blaming fingers however they denied that group which killed civilians on Lanao del Norte were “lost commands.” The MILF should be held accountable for failing to get rid their rank of “bad eggs” like ground commanders who defy orders . MILF should also run after those bogus groups or brigands that bear its name. At all cost, MILF has to protect their name especially in the face of public opinion. Afterall, it is said that MILF is carrying a war they believe as "holy."
The attack that killed innocent or armless civilians is pure barbarism. We cannot say less or more. And it has no place in a civilized society or as the best strategy of a legitimate struggle. Those groups that killed civilians in Lanao del Norte should be punished. The MILF leadership can redeem their image by working hand-in-hand with the AFP to run after those who raided Kolambogan and other areas in North Cotabato. If not, it would be viewed as part of the political game that MILF is adopting to raise their ante no matter who will suffer.