MANILA — Sen. Juan Edguardo Angara said that the government should run after the followers of slain terrorist bomber Zulkilfi bin Hir, alias Marwan.
He added that the government must identify and dismantle the groups that might have been built in Mindanao following the incident.
“If arms factories exist in Mindanao, whether by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Abu Sayyaf, they must be dismantled,” he said in Filipino.
He added that the government must ensure that whatever knowledge that Marwan must have imparted to his followers must not kill more people.
Angara said that the government must assume that Marwan has trained a number of people with whatever “technology” he bears knowledge of.
“The graduates of his workshops must not be allowed to put what they learned from him to use,” he said.
Angara also said that running of munitions factory is a violation of the ceasefire agreement entered into by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
“If we are now nearing the arms decommissioning phase, then it will be for naught if one group will be increasing its arms inventory in anticipation of the phased giving up of its weapons.”
“If the giving up of weapons is by installment, the number of arms retained would increase,” he added.