By Masiding Noor Yahya
COTABATO CITY – Another faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has joined the call for an impartial investigation on the brutal murder of nine Muslim motorists in broad daylight in Cotabato’s town of Kabacan last Saturday, Aug. 29.
Romeo Sema, the political affairs vice chairman of the MNLF faction headed by former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri, expressed the MNLF condemnation on Wednesday and asked the police, the military and the National Bureau of Investigation to fuse ranks and look extensively into the incident.
“The MNLF condemns the incident. We in the MNLF join the sectors, including the Christian groups in North Cotabato province, in calling for an impartial probe on the atrocity,” said Sema, the labor and employment minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
It shall be recalled that the once strong MNLF under its founding chairman Nur Misuari has been divided into several factions. One of which is the MNLF under Jikiri in which Sema is the vice chair for political affairs, the other is the one led by the late Abul Khair Alonto, MinDA chair.
Both factions have cooperated with the MILF in its negotiations with the government that resulted to the signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
The nine ethnic Maguindanaons killed in the incident were on separate motorcycles en route to the town proper of Kabacan from an interior barangay when gunmen blocked their route and shot them one after another using assault rifles. (Muslimedia.PH)