The MILF another secessionist group that would like to create an Islamic State are back to their old ways.



Gov’t gives MILF 24 hours to move out of NCotabato areas
08/07/2008 | 10:51 AM

Memorandum of Agreement on the Ancestral Domain Aspect of the GRP-MILF Tripoli Agreement on Peace of 2001
(Updated 2:05 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines – The government on Thursday gave the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) a 24-hour deadline to move out of several towns in North Cotabato that its forces had “forcibly taken.”

In a press conference at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Interior Sec. Ronaldo Puno said the MILF’s occupation of several areas in North Cotabato was unacceptable and that the government will be compelled to use “whatever action is necessary” if the rebel forces refuse to leave the area within the deadline.

The decision – which was finalized Wednesday night following a meeting of the National Security Council – came amid an already tense situation in Mindanao over disagreements on the government’s ancestral domain agreement with the MILF, whose signing was halted by the Supreme Court.

Earlier in the day, Executive Sec. Eduardo Ermita disclosed reports of unrest in Mindanao although he did not give details on the report.

“Our peace advisers informed the International Monitoring Team and the combined Coordinating Committees for the Cessation of Hostilities. We are giving those individuals that forcibly occupied these areas 24 hours to vacate. Otherwise they shall be forcibly separated from the area. We cannot allow these things to happen,” Puno said.

“The 24-hour deadline will end at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday),” he added.

Puno said that since July 1, several barangays in North Cotabato towns were forcibly occupied by some 800 elements of the MILF, including villages in the municipalities of Aleosan, Libungan and Midsayap.