“Giving up Marwan and Usman is the only way that public belief on the MILF’s sincerity in pursuing peace can be restored and for the peace process to move forward,” Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said in a press release.
Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir also known as Marwan and Basit Usman were the prime target of PNP-Special Action Force where at least 44 operatives were killed during the operation last Sunday.
“Of paramount importance to all Filipinos is justice for the slain SAF,” Recto added. “Fact is, the incident has hit a major stumbling block in the peace process. The only way to reboot it is for the MILF, if indeed it is tolerating the presence of Marwan and Usman, to give the two the boot.”
“Any group in talks for permanent peace with the government should not be giving sanctuary to terrorists,” Recto said. “It should not allow zones it control to be used as rest and recreation areas for wanted fugitives who by their skills and bloody curriculum vitaes present a clear and present danger to the nation.”