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Duterte to decommissioned
MILF rebels: ‘This govt is yours now’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday promised thousands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters that his administration would support their transition to civilian lives, as the rebel group began handing over their guns.

In his speech during the launching of the second phase of decommissioning of MILF combatants and weapons in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Duterte assured Moro rebels that the newly established Bangsamoro government was theirs.

“Do not be disheartened na nagsurrender ka ng armas. Inyo na itong gobyerno na ito. Binigay na namin sa inyo,” the President said.

(. . . that you surrendered your arms. This government is yorus now. We are giving this to you.)

“As we proceed with the decommissioning process, let me assure our MILF combatants that the government will assist you as you reintegrate into society and enjoy fruitful and productive civilian lives,” he said.


The President said he also looked forward to having the decommissioned MILF fighters “as government’s partners as we take further strides in securing lasting peace and order in Mindanao.”

“As our [decommissioned] combatants open a new chapter in your lives, I hope that they will be inspired to take this opportunity to improve their lives and create a better future for your families and loved ones as well,” Duterte said.

“Let us all celebrate this milestone, confident that we have started building a better and brighter future for our nation where every Filipino – regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, or ideological leanings – will have a chance to live in peace, prosperity, harmony [with] one another,” he said.

About 1,060 former MILF combatants, 920 firearms, and 20 high-powered were decommissioned during the Saturday’s ceremony.

This came seven months after the organic law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was ratified in a plebiscite.

The BARMM, which replaces the now-defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, enjoys expanded land and water jurisdiction, greater fiscal autonomy, and increased share in national government resources, among others.

The decommissioning is the final component of a peace accord signed by the government with the MILF in 2014, which will allow their reintegration into civilian communities.

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Today’s Front Page December 06, 2019

Today’s Front Page December 06, 2019