Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Chief Minister and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Ahod 'Murad' Ebrahim. (Photo courtesy of the Bangsamoro Information Office - BARMM)

COTABATO CITY – Officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) condemned on Wednesday the “disinformation” being circulated by “peace spoilers” in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

In a statement, MILF chief Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim described the letter supposedly written by an MILF field commander about the existence of an “MILF Salamat Wing” as plain and simple lies.

The group claimed it was a faction within the MILF founded by Sheik Salamat Hashim.

It sent a letter addressed to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and circulated it on social media.

Ebrahim said a certain commander Abdulfatah Delna, whose signature appears in the letter, was suspended by the MILF on during the campaign period of the last elections due to his “overt political acts supporting a local candidate in Maguindanao who continues to undermine the peace process, the MILF, and the transitional government.”

He said traditional politicians opposed to the Mindanao peace process and the extension of the regional government transition period are behind the move to discredit the MILF and the BARMM.

“Let this be a fair warning to the peace spoilers – we know you, and our people know your hidden agenda. You will not succeed as you have not succeeded in the past in all your attempts to derail the peace process and take over the fruits of all the struggles of our people,” Ebrahim said.

Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, the BARMM’s interior minister and concurrent regional spokesperson, described Delna’s letter as nothing more than “a poorly written application letter for membership into the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), devoid of any principles and far from a political statement.”

The 80-member BTA is the region’s provisional lawmaking body. (PNA)