The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has expressed willingness to help the Duterte administration to curb drugs. The Moro rebel group, currently in cease fire agreement with the government, said in an editorial that its campaign against drugs finds comfort with the election of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“In fact, a possible understanding or arrangement can be worked out. This can be done through the existing mechanisms of the peace process such as the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) and the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH), whose mandates are “to interdict and isolate kidnap-for-ransom groups and other criminal gangs operating in MILF areas and communities” and to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire agreement, respectively,” said in the editorial posted in MILF official website.
“The MILF’s stand is that any action on this drug scourge should not only be legal but must necessarily be morally sound and justified. And moreover, the greater challenge in this campaign is not to secure hundreds to thousands of pushers and users surrendering but to ensure that the sources, the pushers, and users are effectively contained,” it added.
The editorial said that last year the MILF has started its war on drugs especially shabu in Central Mindanao saving many users or addicts from further destruction.
However, the MILF said the campaign started last year had many limitations to achieve better outcomes. “First, while morally speaking, anyone has the responsibility to stop evils, but legally, government has always argued that this responsibility falls into its domain,” it said.
Another reason it stated is the Moro rebel group has limited resources to rehabilitate drug addicts and to punish drug pushers.
“Third, most of the supplies of drugs are coming from areas where the MILF has the least of influence,” it said.
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