12,000 more MILF combatants to be decommissioned Sept. 7

Published August 13, 2019, 4:58 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The decommissioning of about 12,000 combatants of the Moro Islamic  Liberation Front (MILF), and the surrender of 2,100 more high-powered weapons will be held on September 7, according to Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Local Governments Minister Naguib Sinarimbo.

(Photo courtesy of Naguib Sinarimbo Facebook account)
Local Governments Minister Naguib Sinarimbo (Photo courtesy of Naguib Sinarimbo Facebook account)

Sinarimbo noted that this was in compliance with the provisions of the peace agreement with the former rebel front and the government.

“Yung paunang phase ay 30 percent ng combatants at weapons nila. Sa September 7 magsisimula yung 12,000 na combatants nila na ide-decommission, at 2,100 na firearms. Madami pong mga tao at madaming armas ang ide-decommission ng MILF,” said Sinarimbo.

He added: “Good things are already happening in the new BARMM.”

Sinarimbo said the BARMM government is seeing to it that the provisions in the peace agreement signed between the government and the MILF was being complied with.

“Naaayos na natin yung sa baba at inaasahan natin na sa mga susunod na panahon ay talagang makakamit natin yung kapayapaan at pag-unlad hindi lang sa rehiyon namin kundi sa buong bansa rin,” he added.

“Gusto lang naming ipaalam sa mga kababayan natin sa BARMM which is composed of five province (     Basilan (except Isabela City),    Lanao del Sur,    Maguindanao,    Sulu  and     Tawi-Tawi)  na yun pong kasunduang pangkapayapaan na pinirmahan ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas at saka ng MILF ay meron nang nangyayaring maganda sa ground,” Sinarimbo said.

“Naaayos na natin yung sa baba at inaasahan natin na sa mga susunod na panahon ay talagang makakamit natin yung kapayapaan at pag-unlad hindi lang sa rehiyon namin kundi sa buong bansa rin,” he added.

 
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