"Michael Terrence Meiring possesses the Pandora's box that can unravel the mystery in the bombings in Mindanao," said National Democratic Front-Mindanao spokesperson Ka Oris, speaking before the Mindanao Truth Commission convened by the Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao early last week.
, known to be the nom de guerre of underground personality Jorge Madlos and spokesperson of NDF-Mindanao, testified via phone patch to the citizen-led independent fact finding mission during the latter's Davao leg of hearings December 9.
cited information from "some personalities and our own informants" as well as secondary data from investigative reports that Meiring had vast connections inside the government.
criticized the Philippine government for allowing Meiring to be slipped out of the country in violation of the county's sovereignty and in spite of a crime of said magnitude.
said all these incidents indicate that Meiring enjoyed the protection of the GRP and that the State knew or allowed his activities.
also said intelligence reports gathered by the New People's Army
(NPA) point to the existence of a forensic report on the March 4 Davao International Airport bombing which was not released because it would incriminate the government.
"The bombing experts investigated the bombing in Davao City.When they left, units in the AFP expected some documents to be left behind by these experts.When (these units) called a friend in the intelligence community, the agent told them the experts did not leave any documents because the results were incriminating," Ka Oris
"If it is true that the MILF is the real mastermind, then they should release that report because they insist the MILF did it.But if their own troops or agents were the ones who conducted the bombing itself, then this would incriminate either the AFP or the PNP.We can deduce from their exchange that they are refraining from adding more complication to the developments in Mindanao," Ka Oris
...When pressed by Rev. Dandy Corro, a member of the independent probe body, to disclose the name of the NDF source, Ka Oris declined "as this would jeopardize the security of the NDF contacts inside the AFP."
But we agreed not to mention any name and other specifics that might implicate our own source," Ka Oris
Thus, we in the NPA
and the Bangsamoro armed forces have never cooperated to further the bombings in Mindanao," Ka Oris
For our part, we are trying our best to find a way to give justice to all victims of terrorism in Mindanao which is perpetrated by the state in connivance with the US government," Ka Oris