Palace condemns attack in Marawi police station

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Friday, December 6, 2013

MALACANANG on Friday deplored the raid conducted by armed men who were allegedly members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in a police station in Marawi City.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the authorities will go after the perpetrators.

"We view these attempts to disrupt the peace process as acts of desperation and we are determined to stop these acts," he said at a media briefing.

Marawi City police chief was abducted during the attack midnight Friday but was later released, while a civilian was killed.

The attack came as the peace negotiations between the government and the MILF resumed in Malaysia on Thursday.

Coloma said this was not the first time some groups that are "apparently opposed to the peace process" had engaged in "disruptive actions."

"Ang ating sandatahang lakas handang gawin ang nararapat ... para tigilan sila at di natin sila papayagang magtagumpay," he said.

Meanwhile, as the 42nd round of talks resume in Kuala Lumpur, government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer expressed hope that the two remaining annexes of the framework agreement on the Bangsamoro could be completed and signed.

The two unsettled annexes include power-sharing and normalization.

The government and the MILF peace panels earlier signed the two other annexes, transitional arrangement and modalities and wealth-sharing.

The peace process is expected to close on Saturday. (SDR/Sunnex)

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