MILF members could apply to become cops – Albayalde

Published July 16, 2018, 4:12 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Aaron Recuenco

Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) could apply to become a member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) once the establishment of the Bangsamoro government is finalized.

PNP CHIEF DIR GEN. Oscar Albayalde, speaks during a press conferecne about the recently concluded Barangay and SK Election 2018, at the PNP National Election Monitoring Center (NEMAC) at Camp Crame in Quezon City, May 15 2018. According to the PNP, the election is generally peaceful. (Mark Balmores)
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde
(Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said they are not closing the doors of the police organization for members of the largest Moro rebel group in Mindanao, especially now that they are preparing for the establishment of a new police regional office for the areas that would be covered by the new Bangsamoro government.

“There is no talk for integration so far but they could apply,” Albayalde said.

He was reacting to a question on the openness of the PNP to absorb some members of the MILF once the final peace agreement and signing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that would pave the way for the autonomous area for Moslems in Mindanao.

Once it is finalized, Albayalde said they will immediately set up a new police regional office. The new police regional office would replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao regional office.

“The new regional office will be under the PNP,” Albayalde said.

Earlier, Albayalde said they opposed the proposal to have the Bangsamoro government leaders to set up its own police organization, noting that law enforcement operations in the area should still be under the PNP.

He said there seems to be no problem with the arrangement for the PNP to have supervision over the police force of Bangsamoro government.

This includes, he said, the appointment of police commanders in the area–meaning, all promotions and placement would be based on the decision of the PNP leadership.

He said the arrangement would be similar to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“Probably the military would set up a brigade or division there,” Albayalde said.

Both the House and Senate are rushing the approval of the BBL, the target of the signing is before the State of the Nation Address of President Duterte.

It was recalled that the approval of the BBL hit a snag during the Aquino administration due to the Mamasapano incident wherein 44 police commandos were killed in the operation to neutralize top terror personalities hiding that time in Maguindanao.

 
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