Fighters from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) might not be combating alongside authorities forces towards the terrorist Maute group even when President Rodrigo Duterte has allowed it.
Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla on Monday (June 5) mentioned MNLF fighters can not join soldiers simply but in the battlefield on account of lack of “appropriate protocols.”
“We don’t have the appropriate coordinative elements on the ground to make this happen,” he mentioned on the weekly “Mindanao Hour” press briefing in Malacanang.
“So this may come later after the resolution of the Marawi incident but not during this time kasi hindi pa tayo nakakaupo para pag-usapan ito at paano ito i-implement,” Padilla added.
The AFP official mentioned a number of discussions wanted to be carried out earlier than MNLF fighters can develop into soldiers as “integrees” so there shall be no problems.
Asked if MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari’s provide for his males to battle the Maute have been for naught in the continuing Marawi battle, Padilla mentioned: “During this period, yes, it could be because it is already ongoing and it’s almost nearing solution.”
Duterte on Sunday (June four) mentioned he has accepted Misuari’s provide for two,000 MNLF fighters to join soldiers in the battle towards the Maute.
He mentioned the MNLF fighters will get the identical advantages as soldiers reminiscent of a wage and free authorities housing.