October 24, 2011
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Chair of the Senate Committee on Social Justice and Rural Development, calls on the government to exercise the full force of the law on the so-called “lost commands” that have been sowing violence in Basilan over the past weeks.
“We cannot simply turn a blind eye to the murderous and lawless armed elements in the area, who with treachery take advantage of the restraint exercised by our men in uniform out of respect for the peace process,” he says.
“We should continue to talk peace with the MILF but we should show no mercy for the murderous lost commands. We trust that the MILF will agree that these lost commands should be dealt with the full force of the law.”