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Cops kill brother of MILF's Ghadzali Jaafar

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


It’s time to ask the tough questions  

During the observance of the 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March, President Donald Trump launched a missile attack on Shayrat Air Base in Syria. I started to worry and say “Not Again!” after I learned about the missile attack.
Not again was a knee-jerk reaction because I was reminded of the war on terror that President George W. Bush started in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.
The war on terror did not only impact and affect the lives of many Americans but also the lives of many people and countries around the world. Accepted policies and procedures related to international and domestic travels were also affected due to national security issues and concerns that were expressed by many countries after the 9/11 attacks. In the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security was established immediately as well to beef-up intelligence gathering and border control.
Not again was also a disappointed reaction to the military action related to the U.S. missile strikes which was made and decided without the consent of Congress and agreement from the United Nations.
It is still very fresh from memory when mainstream America out of and because of fear just accepted the Bush Administration’s line that there were weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein must be overthrown by military intervention and force because he is a threat to global peace and security not only in the Middle East but around the world. This line was then the main justification for the invasion of Iraq and U.S. intervention in the region.
For the recent missile launch against Syria, President Trump explained that the U.S. had to make the move because of the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against the rebel forces and their supporters in the Syrian territory.
Some doubters state that the U.S. action might just be to divert the attention of the public from the ongoing investigation of the alleged Russian connection with the Trump campaign during the last presidential election in November 2016--- a sort of “wag the dog” propaganda by the present administration.
But just like in the past, there are lessons to be learned. I hope that the American public will ask tough questions this time around and not let fear and bias rule against their better judgment. What good did the missile attack do? Definitely, the response to this question must not be an emphatic “Nothing” because wars and missile attacks mean destruction, the loss of innocent lives, and a thousand and one tears to lost hope, dreams, and opportunities.
As we all know, President Trump has been criticized for lacking “coherent policies” and the American people have all the right to ask if the president weighed cost versus benefits, both in the long and short term before the missile attack. If not, I hope that he’ll do it the next time he considers U.S. military involvement and action for that matter in Syria and other parts of the world. Does the military action achieve a true and lasting positive purpose? Does the act make America great and more secure again?
The civil war in Syria is not very easy to understand. It is complicated and there are many foreign forces involved--- including the U.S., Russia, Iran, the Kurds, ISIS, the Syrian Armed Forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces, and many others.
The American people must be well-informed. The consequences of wrong military actions are very costly. Our history tells us this and the bitter lessons of the past must not be forgotten and erased from our memories. I believe that the members of Congress should have a say the next time (and perhaps the U.N. and the U.S. allies too).
War? For what reason? Let us start asking tough questions before getting into another costly war.

Jojo Liangco is an attorney with the Law Offices of Amancio M. Liangco Jr. in San Francisco, California. His practice is in the areas of immigration, family law, personal injury, civil litigation, business law, bankruptcy, DUI cases, criminal defense and traffic court cases. Please send your comments to Jojo Liangco, c/o Law Offices of Amancio "Jojo" Liangco, 605 Market Street, Suite 605, San Francisco, CA 94105 or you can call him (415) 974-5336.


Was Trump right to bomb Syria?

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It was not actually an unpopular move, given the gristly videos of Syrian civilians being gassed by their own government. What’s worse, a number of the fatalities were children, infants included.
The world watched in horror as scenes of men, women, and children dying painful deaths was shown on the news and in the internet.
It was for this very reason that President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike last week on the Syrian air base that intelligence sources said was the source of the deadly sarin gas attack of the previous week.
Even non-believers in the US president had to applaud his decision and his emotional reason for authorizing the launch of 59 missiles on the air base that resulted in a few casualties, but also an estimated 20 percent of the Syrian air force being destroyed.
In the days that followed, however, critics began to raise questions on whether Mr. Trump’s action was legal. It was, in effect, an act of war and Congressional approval is needed for the US to declare war on a foreign nation. The POTUS received no such approval.
This raises the age-old question of whether what is moral justifies action that may not be perfectly legal.
As leader of the free world, Donald Trump has a responsibility not to act as global policeman, but as defender of the oppressed, including and especially those begging for his help. And there is no question that the citizens of Syria are among the most oppressed people in the planet. To put it bluntly, their President Bashar Assad is a tyrant who would do anything to remain in power, including murdering his own people by the tens of thousands, for simply refusing to support his regime.
The only reason he has not been kicked out is the support he gets from Russia.
While it is not clear if Russia was aware of the gas attack, or worse, if Russian forces were involved, it is now in their best interest to rethink their position vis-à-vis the Assad regime. Assad may be their boy, but it is in Russia’s best interests to distance itself from such a madman. It would not be unthinkable for who ever replaces Assad to want to maintain Syria’s close relations with the former superpower, given its proximity to the nation.
Syria afterAssad may still opt to stick with Russia, but the action of the US president to hold their insane leader to account for the genocide he perpetrated against his own people will not be forgotten.
That Syria still possesses chemical weapons is beyond question. This was the type of banned weapon that Assad used on his own people. This, after the country had earlier agreed to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons.
There may have been no legal justification for Mr. Trump’s order to launch the missile salvo, but at the very least the strongest message possible has been sent toAssad and his ally Russia. The killing of innocent civilians, toddlers and infants included, cannot continue. Not in Donald Trump’s watch.

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