PNP PRO ARMM Official Website - Ceremonial Decommissioning of MILF Arms and Forces Starts

Ceremonial Decommissioning of MILF Arms and Forces Starts

 The ceremonial decommissioning of 145 MILF fighters and 75 firearms including 25 crew served weapons was conducted on June 16, 2015 at the Old Capitol of Maguindanao in Simuay Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, about 300 meters away from MILF's Camp Darapanan.

The weapons were placed in the middle of the gymnasium where the ceremonial decommissioning was taking place. These 145 MILF combatants volunteered to return into civilian life. The veterans of war will be given cash aid and socio-economic benefits from the government.

President Benigno Simeon C Aquino III graced the decommissioning ceremony that marked the beginning of decommissioning of arms and members of MILF under the Normalization Annex of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

The Independent Decommissioning Body said that all decommissioned firearms are serviceable and that none of these weapons were from the Special Action Force of the PNP. Further, based on their press briefing, the firearms will be transported immediately to mutually agreed weapons storage in Camp Iranon (Camp Abubakar), Sitio Bombaran, Brgy. Tugaig, Barira, Maguindanao. The storage of firearms is a container van secured by double perimeter fences and with CCTVs. This will be manned and secured by the joint peace and security committees under the supervision of IDB's Joint Verification and Monitoring Team.

Decommissioned members of MILF-BIAF were also interviewed and photographed for documentation and issuance of individual IDs.

President Aquino III, Members of National Cabinet Secretaries, Local Officials from ARMM, North Cotabato, members of MILF Central Committee and members of the peace mechanism such as International Monitoring Team, Coordinating Committee on Cessation Hostility and AHJAG witnessed the symbolic event.

The Malaysian facilitator of the peace talks, members of the international contact groups and International Non-Governmental Organizations were also present.

Likewise, the PNP and the AFP officials also witnessed the first phase of the decommissioning process.

Meanwhile, the whole police force of the PRO was placed under full alert status a day before the decommissioning ceremony. Maximum deployment of the police officers along the national highway of Maguindanao was ensured to maintain peace and order during the ceremony. Moreover, security coverage in the place of engagement was provided.

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