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RP to ask UN to declare ‘lawless’ MILF terrorists

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:33:00 09/23/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The government will ask the United Nations (UN) to tag as terrorists about a dozen Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels who led attacks on civilian communities in Central Mindanao last month, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Tuesday.

A favorable decision by the UN will pave the way for the inclusion of the so-called “lawless” MILF members in the Philippines’ terrorist listing under the Human Security Act of 2007, Ermita said.

Those the government wants labeled terrorists include MILF commanders Ameril Ombra Kato, Abdullah Macapaar alias Bravo, and Aleem Sulaiman Pangalian Pangalian, Ermita told reporters in Manila.

“We are preparing a communication, through the DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs], to see how we can call the attention of the UN committee on sanctions on anti-terrorism,” Ermita said.

Ermita clarified that the Philippine government’s request would include the only the “lawless” MILF members, not the organization as a whole.

He said government wanted to “prove a point” through the request for the terrorist tag.

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