MILF to turnover firearms as part of decommissioning rites

By , on June 15, 2015


A Bangsamoro militant in training (Wikipedia photo)
A Bangsamoro militant in training (Wikipedia photo)

MANILA — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front will turnover at least 75 high-powered firearms to the government on Tuesday.

The ceremonial turnover, which will symbolize the group’s commitment to return to the fold of law, will take place in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat.

At least 145 Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) fighters will join the decommission rites.

The ceremony will have President Aquino as the guest of honor.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Aquino “will witness the first phase of the decommissioning process, which is considered strong proof of the MILF’s support and commitment to the peace process aimed at bringing lasting peace and progress to areas covered by the Bangsamoro.”

He made the statement during the weekly “Pilipinas, Pilipinas” public affairs radio program.

“Under the decommissioning process, the BIAF fighters will be made to undergo a listing and assessment process, to be followed by the giving of cash assistance and PhilHealth cards, among other benefits,” Coloma said.

“The process has three stages: Security, socioeconomic development, and transitional justice and reconciliation,” he said, stressing that the process aims to “give ex-MILF members the opportunity to engage in livelihood activities and live a peaceful life away from violence,” he added.