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Philippines seeks UN action on Muslim rebel chiefs

ICC Note:

The Philippine government is seeking to name the 12 guerilla commanders from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as terrorists in accordance with a U.N. Security Council Resolution 1267. The U.N. anti-terrorism sanctions should freeze the terrorists financial assets, prevent their entry or transit through UN member nations, and stop the direct or indirect supply of arms to them.

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9/23/08 Philippines (PRInside) The Philippines will seek U.N. anti-terrorism sanctions against 12 Muslim separatist rebel commanders allegedly responsible for attacks that killed dozens of civilians in the country’s southern Mindanao region, a senior official said Tuesday.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, chairman of the Philippine Anti-Terrorism Council, said the government wants to proscribe the 12 guerilla commanders from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as terrorists in accordance with a U.N. Security Council Resolution 1267 against the al-Qaida network, Taliban and their associates.

Ermita said the sanctions were not aimed at the rebel group itself, only 12 commanders, including three who allegedly led last month’s raids on Christian communities that left 37 people shot or hacked to death.
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