Dishonoring the Dead (from the Black and White Movement)

July 17, 2007

Dishonoring the Dead

The Black & White Movement

Contact: Vicente R. Romano III, +63.920.961.5610
Leah Navarro, +63.917.898.1957

12 July 2007


“Muslims cannot dishonor a treaty; they cannot mutilate the dead;
they cannot kill women, children, the elderly or any person who does
not carry weapons” – Quote from a Khutba (sermon during Friday
congregational prayers in the mosques) prepared by the Mufti’s of the
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
The Black & White Movement condemns in the strongest possible terms
the beheading of ten marine soldiers following a firefight with
members of the 8th Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT). “It is an
inhuman and barbaric act that has no place in any civilized society
and we ask that all means be exhausted to bring the perpetrators to
justice”, says BnW lead convenor Enteng Romano.

Islam condemns decapitation or mutilation of human beings. Filipinos
of all faiths decry this brutal act. We condole with the families of
the dead.

We are likewise dismayed and horrified at the substandard equipment
with which the marines were made to defend themselves. TV news
footage showing the failure of a trench mortar to fire as the marines
fought for their lives was pitiful and heartrending. We place the
blame squarely on the shoulders of the AFP leadership and the current
administration for its failure to curtail widespread corruption in
military procurement. Once again, the lowly soldier pays the
ultimate price for greed and corruption in the military establishment.

We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and urge the
protagonists to return to the negotiating table to pursue a long term
solution to the armed struggle that roils Mindanao.

We are one nation yearning for peace.


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