Press Release
March 1, 2015

The bombmakers may be dead but what about the bomb factories? -Angara

Sen. Sonny Angara said government should wipeout Marwan's "lethal legacy" so whatever "technology transfer" he had done when he hopped from one rebel group camp to another in his long years of stay in Mindanao would not claim lives after his death.

"Kung meron mang arms manufacturing factory sa Mindanao, whether it's by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Abu Sayyaf, dapat gibain yan," Angara said.

In the Feb. 24 Senate hearing on the Mamasapano carnage, lead government peace negotiator with the MILF, Prof. Miriam Ferrer, on questioning by Angara, admitted getting reports on the existence of an improvised explosive device (IED) facility being owned by the BIFF.

Angara said if the MILF is running a munitions factory "such is also a violation of the ceasefire agreement."

"If we are now nearing the arms decommissioning phase, then it will be for naught if one group will be increasing its arms inventory in anticipation of the phased giving up of its weapons," he said.

"Parang ganun ang nangyari sa sin tax law when liquor and cigarette manufacturers ramped up production in order to boost their stock before the new law and higher tax rates kicked in," Angara said.

"If there's an arm race in the South it should stop by now kasi kung ang pag-give-up ng weapons ay by installment, then hindi lang lalaki ang beginning balance pero pati yung armas na mare-retain sa dulo ay lolobo din," Angara said.

"Because Marwan, after being driven out of Malaysia, sought refuge in camps run by the alphabet soup of rebel groups in Mindanao, then we have to assume that he trained many people. The graduates of his workshops must not be allowed to put what they learned from him to use," he added.

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