By Alon Calinao Dy: Malaysian terrorist and explosives expert Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan was found dead during a police operation called "operation wolverine" in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao on January 25. This was confirmed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after the DNA test in Singapore last Saturday.
Marwan was one of the most wanted terrorists in the US who was connected to several bombings, particularly in Bali, Indonesia, where many Australian tourists died from the attack. The United States offered a $6 million reward money for the arrest of the bomb maker Marwan.
PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) succeeded in the operation, which left 44 elite commandos killed when they were outnumbered and surrounded by the Muslim freedom fighter groups. The deadly clash between Muslim rebel groups and SAF members has led to the Truth Commission to investigate the said incidence.
I believe it would be better if the reward money from the FBI will go to the families of the 44 elite commandos who lost their lives in the fire fight. These slain soldiers are breadwinners for their families and so; it is just right that our government should help their loved ones.
We have experienced for several decades of wars in our land. The Muslim rebel groups have their own wives and children as well. They also lost their husbands and family members because war means loss of lives and mourning. A great lesson here is: there are no real victors in a war.
It is time for a long term peace and solution in Mindanao, but I am strongly against any sort of terrorist attack in the region. Cease fire is only possible if the Muslim rebel groups and our government are committed to public security and order, no more politics between the two parties. Then, thoughts of real peace in Mindanao are attainable.