September 17, 2013
Hot Filipino on MILF Action!
You remember that peace deal the Philippines made with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front? That didn't last long:
The Philippines launched air strikes against Muslim rebels as President Benigno Aquino sought to bring an end to a week-long standoff that has killed 62 people and complicated efforts to bring peace to the south.I've been meaning to comment on this for a few days, ever since a faction of the MILFs took dozens of Christians hostage, but kept getting sidetracked. It's good to see the government responding with force.
“We are gaining ground as far as our calibrated response is concerned,” military spokesman Brigadier General Domingo Tutaan told reporters in Manila. Two helicopters fired three rockets between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. yesterday with forces on the ground checking on casualties among Moro National Liberation Front members, another military spokesman, Captain Jefferson Somera, said in a mobile-phone message.
Thanks to Rantburg for the reminder.