HUGPONG ng Pagbabago senatorial bet Zajie “Dong” Mangudadatu has called for unity between government troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to ensure peace and order in Mindanao.
Mangudadatu made the call after the Lanao Sur incident that claimed the lives of four members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and wounding of eight police personnel.
The solon said this incident should not affect the campaign period as well as the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
“Sa aking pananaw meron tayong due process, may investigation, depende sa kalalabasan ng investigation ng PNP and AFP kung ano ang punot dulo ng nangyari sa Lanao,” Mangudadatu said.
Both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are set to conduct an inquiry into the encounter in Barangay Ilian, Madamba, Lanao del Sur where four members of the MILF were killed and eight policemen were injured in running gun battles on April 4.
Madamba is said to be part of the MILF zone, although the Lanao del Sur provincial police claimed there was no known MILF zone in the town.
Mangudadatu said all sectors should allow the normal administration of justice and avoid making speculations that would derail the investigation.
Meantime, Mangudadatu said the election campaign will continue as it is the only platform to let the people know about the political agenda of the candidates.
President Rodrigo Duterte has endorsed the candidacy of Mangudadatu, describing him as “one of the good leaders of the Moro people, who will promote peace in Mindanao.”
Mayor Sara Duterte, the founding chairperson of the HNP, also has full trust in Mangudadatu as the key to Mindanao’s peace and progress.