Military giving support to arrest 90 Moro rebels, armed groups

Chief of AFP public affairs office Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said in a press briefing Thursday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines will support the government law enforcement agencies that will serve the arrest warrants to ninety individuals to be criminally charged by Department of Justice for the death of 44 Special Action Force members in Mamasapano clash last January.

Lt. Col. Cabunoc believes that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will not interfere in the arrest of its members. The AFP will coordinate with the MILF communities when conducting support operations for the arrest of these suspects, he added.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is now reviewing the 224-page National Bureau of Investigation and the National Prosecution Service report prior to official release probably on Monday. “As soon as the report is out and granting that I’m approving all of the recommendations, especially the filing of charges then I will direct them to file charges,” de Lima said.

The said report recommends 90 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and private armed groups to be criminally charged for the Mamasapano massacre.