Gazmin unfazed by MILF protest

DEFENSE Secretary Voltaire Gazmin yesterday shrugged off the threat of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to file a protest against the government for linking it to the bus bombing in Matalam, North Cotabato last month.

“I did say anything that categorically linking them…. I said (the) suspects are extortionists, which could be MILF,” Gazmin said.

The bomb attack killed at least 10 people.

“Kapag kalaban ka ng estado, parati ka kasama sa suspek hanggang hindi ito napapatunayan,” the defense chief said. “Hindi mo puwedeng sabihin categorically na sila talaga ang gumawa noon.”

Gazmin said he does not believe that the accusation against MILF in the Matalam incident would become a setback in the effort to revive the peace process between the government and MILF.

He added that the Aquino administration is very confident that it would be able to reach a deal with the MILF once the peace process starts.  Anthony Vargas

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