"Major Gen. Raul Relano, commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division, earlier said renegade MILF [Moro Islamic Liberation Front] commanders, many of whom still refuse to recognize the leadership of MILF chairman Al-Haj Murad, could be conniving with the JI [Jemaah Islamiyah] and the Abu Sayyaf without the knowledge of their superiors. Murad succeeded the MILF's founding chairman, the late Hashim Salamat.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), on the other hand, said the United States' warning that the Philippines is under threat of 'multiple' terrorist attacks was merely a 'publicity spin.'
CPP spokesman Gregorio Rosal claimed that American covert operatives reportedly based in the country are apparently planning to stage 'terrorist attacks in the Philippines that it would blame on other threat groups.'
The objective of this plot is to 'justify the escalation of US military intervention in the country,' he added.
Rosal said it was not 'farfetched' that the US military's alleged 'dirty tricks department' now plans to bomb certain areas of the country 'through its agents and contacts within the Abu Sayyaf.'
The Abu Sayyaf's founders were 'CIA-trained' in the 1980s and that 'instances of collusion' among the US, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Abu Sayyaf 'now abound,' he added. The CPP, together with its armed wing, the New People's Army, has been tagged by Washington since 2002 as an 'international terrorist organization.'
Rosal said his group strongly believes that US covert operatives were actually behind the spate of bombings in the country, particularly in Mindanao.
He cited the case of Michael Meiring, an agent of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who was arrested in a Davao City hotel in 2002 after a bomb he was preparing accidentally exploded.
Rosal said Meiring was never investigated and was 'whisked off to the US by American and Philippine intelligence units.'"