The military sees no strategic reason for the attacks in Sulu. They
claim the latest outbreak of violence is simply in retaliation for the
death of innocents in a skirmish between soldiers and rebels. However, the sequence of events following those bloody encounters seems to indicate that there is more to this current disturbance than meets the eye.
The rebel attack on a battalion headquarters makes one wonder whether the attack was truly spontaneous. It’s no cakewalk to attack a battalion headquarters, nor is it easy to hit a bull’s-eye with a mortar shell fired from a considerable distance.
The coordinated terror bombings that followed the government counter-attack smacks of considerable pre-planning too. The rebel press release following the Valentine’s Day bombings shows it was not written on the run, it was well-crafted and well-thought out.