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AFP admits failure of intelligence ‘in a way’ in MSU blast

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday admitted that there was a failure in intelligence “in a way” in the deadly bomb attack in Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City.

“Kung titignan natin, kapag may nangyari, usually talagang hindi naman nahahagilap lahat,” AFP spokesperson Colonel Medel Aguilar told GMA Integrated News’ Unang Balita.

(If we look at it, if something happens, usually we cannot catch everything.)

“So in a way, parang yes, there is a failure. But whether meron po bang accountability iyong mga tao, iyon po ang iimbestigahan natin,” he added.

(So in a way, it seems yes, there is a failure. But whether the personnel have accountability over this, we will have to investigate.)

On Sunday, an explosion rocked the Dimaporo Gymnasium in MSU while a Mass was ongoing.

Police said four people were killed and six of the wounded are in stable condition at the hospital. Thirty-nine people hurt in the incident have already been discharged from the hospital.

Senator Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said on Monday raised the possibility of a failure of intelligence in the blast.

“Puwedeng may failure of intelligence dahil nga hindi na-monitor, ‘di ba? Kung na-monitor man nila, failure to act on the intelligence. No intelligence is still a failure of intelligence,” Dela Rosa said in an interview when asked if he sees any lapses on the security forces’ side.

(There may be a failure of intelligence because they were not able to monitor that there will be a bombing, right? If they were able to monitor it, there was still a failure to act on the intelligence.)

While failure of intelligence is a possibility, Dela Rosa said that it is “very unfair” if the security forces will be held accountable for something that is “below the radar.”

AFP chief General Romeo Brawner Jr., meanwhile, said that the military received intelligence information that there could be a possible retaliatory attack from the Dawlah Islamiyah (DI) extremist group.

This was after some members of the group were killed in a military operation in Maguindanao del Sur last Friday.

Two alleged members of DI-Maute Group identified as Kadapi Mimbesa or “Engineer” and Arsani Membesa or “Khatab” have been named as suspects in the explosion.

Mimbesa is an MSU student, who had just graduated from the institution. He is said to be an expert in making improvised explosive devices. Alias Khatab, meanwhile, is wanted for murder.

According to Aguilar, the possible reconnection of the Maute group with foreign extremist group Islamic State should be investigated considering the latter earlier claimed responsibility for the bomb attack.—Joviland Rita/ VAL, GMA Integrated News


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