Thursday, January 29, 2015

MILF liable for crime against humanity charge

For the sheer inhumanity suffered by members of the SAF in Maguindanao, I am in the opinion that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is liable for a crime of committing murder against humanity.

A crime against humanity is defined as follows:

"Crimes against humanity, as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum, "are particularly odious offences in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of human beings."[1] They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. Murder; massacres; dehumanization; extermination; human experimentation; extrajudicial punishments; military use of children; kidnappings; unjust imprisonment; slavery; cannibalism, torture; rape; political, racial, or religious persecution; and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice."

Look at the video taken by someone when the massacre happened. Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr was the first one to describe it as a "massacre" which former Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson Jr agreed.

The perpetuators of the crime mutilated the already dead SAF members. I don't wanna go to details except to say that we all aghast when we saw that video. That video is proof enough that the MILF has committed a crime against humanity.

Now, will the government please be man enough to initiate charges against the MILF, especially members of the 105th brigade?

I ask members of our civil society to take the cudgels for our fallen heroes and instead of yak-yaks, put their bravados to great use by initiating cases against the MILF in the international courts.

And soon.