PNOY "We will not pursue all-out war; we will instead pursue all-out justice." Basilan issue Press
"The difficult peace process cannot be enhanced by shedding more blood and generating more ill will." All-out justice, not all-out war - PNoy Posted on Tuesday, 25 October, 2011 - 14:44 Manila, Philippines: "We will not pursue all-out war; we will instead pursue all-out justice." With finality, President Benigno Aquino III yesterday declared this amid persistent calls made by lawmakers and politicians to launch an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). "There have been calls to wage an "all-out war" against the MILF. While it is tempting for government to join the chorus in calling for blood, we believe that such a course of action is not appropriate at this point. We are not interested in knee-jerk reactions that will jeopardize our efforts to address the roots of conflict in the region," he stated in a press briefing held in Malacañan. On October 18, 19 soldiers were killed in a bloody encounter in Al-Barka, Basilan while operations were being held to pursue lawless elements. Among these criminals include Ibrahim Malat Sulayman, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group and a notorious criminal wanted for nine counts of murder. Aquino said that choosing war over peace talks will result to further problems. "It is so easy, out of frustration, to close the door on negotiations at this time. If we go down this path, more innocent civilians will be put in harm's way. The difficult peace process cannot be enhanced by shedding more blood and generating <b>...</b>
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