Whose fault was it? While the Commission of Human Rights faulted the Marines for the botched January 18 Timpook Offensive, it doesn't say otherwise for the MNLF who failed to list Barangay Timpook as an MNLF-controlled area. Indeed, the killings have been senseless, but still, in the event of war(the MNLF and the MILF have an on-going peace accords with the government while the Abu-Sayyaf/JI hasn't and IS considered a bandit group) all killings are justified- a reality human-rights groups abhor.
Allow me to quote an adage, "it takes two to tango"- in the name of peace, the CHR would have to take side with our Muslim Brethren, but this doesn't mean that the MNLF is scot-free for the blood, the Marines has spilled while pursuing the enemy ASG bandits. The Marines are also at fault for not coordinating with the Moro group; isn't it not hard to request such audience with the MNLF or MILF? The GRP has an on-going peace accord with them anyway.
Contrary to Ramon Tulfo's comment about the Moro Groups, excluding of course, the Abu Sayyaf and groups allied with them, we couldn't and mustn't outrightly consider them TERRORISTS, after-all, being good Moslems, it is their duty to protect their fellow Muslim. However, they should also protect their pact with the government to hold the escaping bandits and turn them over to the AFP, after all, Islam abhors the killings of innocents, Believers or Non-Believers alike.
Speaking of Mon Tulfo, I admire his charismatic candor, but isn't enough is enough? Sometimes, he does go overboard by over-exaggerating things like his previous article, "Marines blame Arroyo for Sulu booboo". First and foremost, the MNLF has a justifiable right to hold the peace process negotiators, including Major General Benjamin Dolorfino hostage, as the government troops are the aggressive offenders. By violating the peace act, they themselves reneged it with their botched, uncoordinated offensive.
Also, the Moro National Liberation Front has the right to be given compensation for their woes, only until proven that Brgy. Timpook is considered an MNLF Territory; who knows, the cowardly ASG members are indeed hiding within the area and charading themselves as part of the group.
For all his exaggeration, Mon is also correct, what about the three dead Marines. The Moro secessionist group has no jurisdiction over them. The Government should shoulder their compensation and give them merits for bravery, albeit unsuccessful operation. The Marines deserve it, they've done their duty to protect the nation anyway.
What in the world is the MILF up to? If they're really keen on the Peace Process, why are they blocking the Government Troops who're pursuing the fifty escapees/fugitives and trying to bring them back to the folds of justice? Your duty to give refuge to your fellow believers is understandable, but it wouldn't hurt if you surrender them too, if they're proven guilty of indiscriminately harming their fellowmen.