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Kato rattles saber as MILF queries gov’t offer for peace By Mario J. Mallari 08/30/2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kato rattles saber as MILF queries gov’t offer for peace

By Mario J. Mallari 08/30/2011
A supposed renegade member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Ameril Umbra Kato vowed yesterday to destroy peace efforts between the government and the secessionist group as the main MILF negotiators questioned the government’s offered formula of a “Bangsamoro Commission” in its proposed draft peace agreement, claiming such does not provide real autonomy to the Moro people.

Surrounded by a small band of ragtag but ruthless followers, hardline Muslim rebel commander Kato vowed to destroy the latest peace efforts.

Decades of fighting have neither wearied nor diluted the resolve of the Saudi Arabian-educated guerrilla, and he warns he remains willing to kill and die in his quest to achieve an independent Muslim homeland in the resource-rich Mindanao.

Jun Mantawil, head of the MILF peace panel secretariat, meanwhile, said the government of the Philippines’ (GPH) proposed draft agreement was not meant to allow Bangsamoro people self-determination being pursued by the MILF..... MORE

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