Malaysia Warns of War in Southern Philippines if Peace Process Cancelled

Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein warned that war could break out in Southern Philippines if the on-going peace process will not be continued.

Quoted by a Malaysian news site, Hishammuddin said the Filipino people should not cancel the peace process that has been going on for 12 years just because of one incident.

Hishammuddin was refering to the Mamasapano, Maguindanao incident on January 25, where 44 members of the elite Philippine National Police Special Action Force were killed in a shootout with Muslim militants.

Several Filipinos have called on the cancellation of the peace process because the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), one part to the ongoing talks, has allegedly breached the agreement by cuddling an international terrorist.

“If the peace process can’t go through in June then it means war. Twelve years of talks and because of one incident, they will have war,” Hishammuddin was quoted as saying.

In preparation for a worst case scenario, the Malaysian defense minister said Malaysia is beefing up its military bases particularly the one positioned near the Sulu Sea for a possible influx for displaced Filipinos from Mindanao.

“If we have a wall of offshore bases, we may have a chance to stop the exodus of people,” he said.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has called on the nation to support the peace process and the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to avoid further bloodsheds in Mindanao.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Philippines government should be cautious in dealing with this MILF group with history of having connection with the international terrorist instead Philippines government should declared that MILF a terrorist group and should be eliminated tru war. Phil leaders should show force to clean up this arm terrorist the MILF

  2. rushing the peace process could only compromise the peace agreement entered into by both parties. They should expand and explained thoroughly the sensitive issues to the people because the lives of the people especially in Mindanao are @ stakes.

  3. The Philippine is already at war with MILF,MNLF, BIFF ,ABU SAYYAF JI and other terrorist group in the southern philippines.what kind of war this malaysian are talking about? This terrorist group must be pulvorized and never given a chance to form a BBL. WHY? Its simple they re terrorist! And the goverment is not allowed to deal with terrorist.

  4. It would likely be the other way. It looks like the people in Mindanao are preparing for war just in case if this so called peace process will be passed.

  5. The peace process must be cancelled. Also, the Philippines is fighting a lot of wars against the TERRORISTS armed groups like MILF,MNLF, BIFF ,ABU SAYYAF JI and other TERRORISTS group. These terrorists should be wiped out, no exception, civilians in there should be considered as UNNECESSARY CASUALTY. Why? Because they’re Muslims and most of them are just collaborators. The Philippine leader will not wipe the terrorists out because this “war” brings them money. And some of them sell weapons to the enemies.

  6. death of considerable police officers with legitimate cause is more than tantamount to war, let arms talk and once silence is achieve, not a single pinoy will dare cross the boundary except the billigerent once and the dogs of malaysia

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