DAVAO CITY- Various groups called for an impartial and independent probe following the fatal operation of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25.

According to Gabriela Women’s Partylist representative Luzviminda Ilagan President Benigno Aquino III should be held accountable for the incident saying that “(T)he truth behind the Mamasapano operation should be unearthed and those responsible for leading the 44 fallen SAF elements to their inevitable carnage and for the deaths of at least 18 others including a 5 year-old girl and six civilians must be held accountable,” Ilagan said.

Ilagan said “(P)utting a suspended police chief at the helm of the Mamasapano operation while claiming ignorance despite his presence in Zamboanga City a day before the incident now appears to be calculated acts meant to avoid accountability.”

Initial reports sent by Kawagib-Moro Human Rights Alliance based in Cotabato City cited several victims of extrajudicial killing, death due to indiscriminate firing, and more than 1,500 victims of forced evacuation.

Aside from the 44 SAF members, 5-year old Sarah Panangulon and six other civilians who were preparing for morning prayers at a nearby Mosque, and 11 MILF fighters also died.

In the morning of January 25, while residents of Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano were preparing for their morning prayer, PNP-SAF entered the community and started firing at the house of Tots Panangulon, on suspicion that members of Jemaah Islamiyah were hiding there. Panangulon, died while her father Tots and mother Samrah were injured.

Kawagib also reported of a farmer, Badrudin Langalan, who was found hogtied and dead at a bridge at Brgy.Tukanalipao. “His body was riddled with bullets, his eyes gouged,” Kawagib said.

Sarah Lawani Langalan, Badrudin’s wife, said her husband passed through the bridge to go to Brgy. Tukanalipao crossing to have his cellphone charged. The wife believed he met members of SAF.

The local government of Mamasapano also reported five persons who died inside the Islamic Center in the village of Inubog, Brgy. Tukanalipao. They were praying when members of the SAF fired at them. Witnesses believed that the SAF suspected there were JI terrorists among them. Three other still unnamed civilians were wounded in the incident.

“It appears now that the operation meant to arrest Marwan, was clearly designed and instigated by the US government’s war on terror,” Ilagan said.

Ilagan said the incident now in Mamasapano “demonstrates the dangerous consequences of allowing the US operating and intelligence troops to maneuver unhampered in Philippine territory” with Filipino communities reduced as “collateral damage”.

“We are all practically targets,” Ilagan said.

Protest actions also marked the national day of mourning Friday.

Youth group Anakbayan held a protest action along Roxas Avenue Friday night to call for President Aquino’s ouster following the incident in Maguindanao.

“Aquino admitted that he knew about the operation yet he insisted that he was not asked for a go-signal and instead, blamed the lack of coordination on the ground. This is a very insulting statement and unbecoming of a president,” said Gelyne Alapag,spokesperson of Anakbayan-SMR.

Alapag said that as the Commander-in-Chief, “it is unbelievable that he has nothing to do with it.”

While League of Filipino Students regional spokesperson, Joyce Perpetua criticized Aquino for denying the involvement of US military in the operation saying “it is clear that the operation was pushed by Aquino administration upon the instigation of the US military. American troops were in the frontline during the clearing operation in Mamasapano.”

In Cotabato City, Suara Bangsamoro protested at the Cotabato City Plaza, Wednesday.

Spokesperson Jerome Succor Aba called for a thorough investigation including the impact of the police operation in the civilian community in Mamasapano.

Aba said the civilians bore the brunt of the operation as they were allegedly harboring terrorists in the area.

Suara calls for justice for the “real victims” of the government’s police operation.

Meanwhile, human rights group Karapatan said they found “similarities” between victims of human rights violations and the members of PNP SAF who were killed.

“They, too, are victims of Aquino’s puppetry to the interests of the United States government,” said the group’s secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan also demands for an independent investigation.

“It is not enough to dish out a string of words, however kilometric they are. The problem is, he (President Aquino) spoke too much but said nothing,” said Palabay.(davaotoday.com)

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    Here is a perspective by Dr. Peter Hammond. Dr. Hammonds
    doctorate is in Theology. He was born in Capetown in 1960,
    grew up in Rhodesia and converted to Christianity in 1977.

    Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery,
    Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary
    Threat:

    Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life. Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard
    for all of the other components.

    Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to
    agitate for their religious privileges.

    When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse
    societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious
    privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as
    well..

    Here’s how it works:

    As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2%
    in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

    United States — Muslim 0..6%

    Australia — Muslim 1.5%

    Canada — Muslim 1.9%

    China — Muslim 1.8%

    Italy — Muslim 1.5%

    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic
    minorities and disaffected groups, often with major
    recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is
    happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.

    For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamicstandards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for
    Muslims.They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature
    halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.

    This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — Muslims 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%Switzerland
    — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government
    to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos)
    under Sharia, the Islamic Law.

    The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law
    over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to
    increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their
    conditions.

    In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non Muslim
    action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats,
    such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons
    and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting,
    jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the
    tax placed on infidels, such as in:

    Albania — Muslim 70%

    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%

    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%

    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some
    State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these
    nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim,
    such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going
    in:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%

    Egypt — Muslim 90%

    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%

    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%

    Iran — Muslim 98%

    Iraq — Muslim 97%

    Jordan — Muslim 92%

    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%

    Pakistan — Muslim 97%

    Palestine — Muslim 99%

    Syria — Muslim 90%

    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%

    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%

    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ —
    the Islamic House of Peace.. Here there’s supposed to be
    peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the
    only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%

    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%

    Somalia — Muslim 100%

    Yemen — Muslim 100%

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100%
    states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred,
    and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical
    Muslims, for a variety of reasons.’Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan
    against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of
    us against the infidel. — Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’

    It is important to understand that in some countries, with
    well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the
    minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which
    they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia
    Law.The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are
    no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious
    facilities.. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate
    into the community at large. The children attend madrasses.
    They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel
    is a crime punishable with death.

    Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams
    and extremists exercise more power than the national average
    would indicate.

    Today’s 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s
    population. But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of
    Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century.

    Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery,
    Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat

    Please forward this important information to any who care
    about the Future of our Country.

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