The Straits Times
Published on Dec 14, 2012

Philippine rebels order fighters not to carry guns


MANILA (AFP) - Philippine Muslim rebel leaders who are negotiating a peace deal with Manila ordered their fighters on Friday not to wear military uniforms or carry guns in public, a spokesman said.

The order to members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was relayed following unofficial complaints that rebel fighters were increasingly visible, wearing their camouflage uniforms and carrying firearms.

MILF spokesman Von al-Haq said the rebel leadership had immediately acted on the complaints and issued orders to the 12,000-strong rebel force in the southern Philippines.

"This is in order to show that the officials and men of the Bangsamoro (Filipino Muslim) armed forces are disciplined," he said.