Policemen killed a brother ofMoro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar in an operation in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on Tuesday,April 11.
Senior Inspector Marcille Manzano, spokesperson of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police office, identified the slain brother of Jaafar as Mohaimen Abo, also known as Boy Bangsamoro.
Manzano said policemen were serving an arrest warrant on Abo at his house, but he resisted arrest.
"There was a resistance during the arrest, which forced the arresting officers to fire back," the police spokesperson said, indicating that Abo fired at the policemen. The incident happened around 4:45 p.m.
Police said they recovered a .45pistol from Abo.
Abo, along with a center Kumander Falcon, were ordered arrested by the Sultan Kudarat Regional TrialCourt Branch 12, for various charges including murder, robbery, frustrated murder, kidnapping-for-ransom and kidnapping with homicide.
Manzano said two more persons were arrested during the operation.
Jaafar, meanwhile, said the police team serving the arrest warrant on his brother should have coordinated with the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG). He said his brother is a member of the MILF's Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces.
The MILF organization has yet to issue a statement regarding the police operation.
"You know if the government has a pending case and would want to conduct a law enforcement operation, there is a ceasefire mechanism that works for it, which [the] government and MILF[have] agreed on," Jaafar said.
Jaafar noted that incidents like these are among the "obstacles to the peace efforts and it's a problem."
Jaafar is a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Committee, which was formed to craft the new Bangsamoro enabling law.
The crafting of an enabling law is part of the implementation process of Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the Philippine government and the MILF in March2014.
Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año believed the incident would not affect the government ceasefire with the MILF.
“These are isolated incidents and there are mechanisms to channel the complaints and I’m sure the ceasefire committee will look into that,” he told reporters after the press conference. —GMA News