Gov’t double-talks on response to Basilan ambush
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 July) — Which is which? Double talk is what the government did today in reaction to Tuesday’s attack on a Marine contingent in Tipo-tipo, Basilan Tuesday, killing 14 troops, 10 of them beheaded.
Peace Process Adviser Jesus Dureza told a press forum in his seaside resort here Friday that they have tasked the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) coordinating committees on the cessation of hostilities (GRP-MILF CCCH) to investigate the attack before any action is undertaken.
He took pride in saying the mechanisms of the peace process helped and that the Marines had not retaliated because of the primacy of the peace process.
“We have activated mechanisms to verify and validate what actually happened,” he said.
But the Armed Forces of the Philippines had a different take.
In Quezon City, AFP public information chief Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro told reporters Friday that the military will mount “punitive actions” against the perpetrators of the ambush.
Bacarro claimed the military has verified the identities of the assailants, even as Dureza, the peace process adviser said AFP Gen. Edgardo Gurrea, the government ceasefire head is “still on the ground interviewing witnesses” to the incident.
GMANews TV quoted Bacarro as saying, “it’s not going to be all-out war but as we have said these are punitive actions.” Read the rest of the report on MindaNews.com.