Army blamed for Basilan Fiasco deaths

Philippine military insists it is in pursuit of outlaws as battle lines remain blurred and alliances fluid.

The Philippine military says ground commanders may be liable for the deaths of at least 19 soldiers who died last month in a battle with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front – where they were out-numbered three to one.

Many families feel their sons were sent on an unsanctioned and badly organised mission in a catastrophic incident now being dubbed the Basilan Fiasco.

This isn’t the first time a so-called “mis-encounter” has happened in Mindanao and even the army admits it can’t always distinguish friend from foe.

Al Jazeera’s Marga Ortigas reports from Manilla.

Source: Al Jazeera

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