* Lets give them a state!
* Lets give them weapons!
* Pay them the Jiziyah!’ $$$$$
* Where in the f*kc did we hear that before?
Manila, 11 Jan. (AKI) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group (photo), has announced it is ready for war, if attacked.
The statement, made by Eid Kabalu, MILF military spokesman, is a response to a recent comment by interior and local government secretary Ronaldo Puno threatening to stop talks with the MILF.
“We are open to all possibilities. We have the right to defend ourselves in our homeland,” Kabalu said, quoted by daily The Sun Star’on Friday. However, he asserted that war was the last resort.
A day earlier, the MILF official website, Luwaran, cited Puno as saying: “If the MILF doesn’t want our agreement, if they do not want to respect our Constitution, then let us stop negotiating and just continue with the war.”
The rising tension follows the latest stumbling block that has, at least temporarily, halted peace talks between the two sides.
In December, the MILF negotiating panel in Kuala Lumpur, for a round of consultations, refused to meet their government’s counterparts after they were presented a draft of a proposed memorandum of agreement that omitted most of the ‘consensus points’ on a homeland or ‘ancestral domain’ that two sides had previously agreed on.
The consensus points â€“ first agreed in October 2004 – allegedly include the boundaries of a new Muslim controlled homeland, its maritime borders and details of natural resource sharing with the central government.
Manila’s condition that any agreement is implemented via constitutional means – meaning a referendum – especially angered the MILF.
A proposal to expand the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) from four to 14 provinces was rejected in a 2001 plebiscite.
The ARMM is the current, Muslim-administered region in Mindanao.
The Philippines is predominantly Catholic. Most of its approximately 4.5 million Muslims live in southern Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.
The MILF was formed in 1977 and has since fought to establish and independent Muslim state in the region.
MILF claim to have observed a cease-fire since 2003 although the Philippine government has attributed some terrorist attacks to the organisation.
The MILF denies any involvement in terror attacks and claim that bombings attributed to them were committed by splinter groups not under their control.
* That’s the same bullshit that Arafuk used very successfully…