“There was lack of coordination and things like that. You can never trust the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and [Moro National Liberation Front]. That is what I believe in – I experienced it,” former President and current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada told ABS-CBN News Channel’s Headstart today.
He added that the January 25 clash between Muslim rebels and Philippine National Police-Special Action Force in Tukalinapao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao leaving at least 44 elite police operatives dead may affect current peace deal between the government and MILF.
“Yes, this will affect the peace talks. So many lives have been sacrificed. How can this be an isolated incident? They have been doing that for the past how many years. How many towns have been burned? How many people have been killed? We have exhausted all means in making peace with them. What else?” the former president said.
At least two senators have already expressed withdrawal of support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law. “What happened to the PNP-SAF troopers is not a misencounter but a massacre! I am withdrawing my signature as a co-author of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as a result of this carnage. My heart bleeds for our policemen who were mercilessly killed,” Senator JV Estrada said. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano also did the same.