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6ID supports the third phase of decommissioning resumption

CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao— Major General Roy Galido, Commander of the 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division and Joint Task Force Central, reiterated his full support for the decommissioning of former combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

MGen. Galido attended the public launch of the resumption of Phase 3 MILF Decommissioning held on September 27, at the Old Maguindanao Provincial Capitol in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

The event is part of the implementation of Executive Order No. 79, or the Annex on Normalization, signed by former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on April 24, 2019. The EO outlines four main aspects of the peace mechanism, which include security, socio-economic development, confidence-building measures, and transitional justice and reconciliation.

MGen. Galido said, “this MILF and GPH decommissioning process is vital as we continue the consented peace talks, and it marks a fresh and brighter beginning for the former MILF combatants as they integrate into the progressive mainstream society.”

According to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity, 14,000 combatants are expected to be decommissioned during phase 3 of the decommissioning process. At least 7,200 have been decommissioned as part of the first batch of phase 3 decommissioning, which began on November 8, 2021.

Phase 3 is expected to decommission at least 5,500 combatants by the end of 2022. Since the start of decommissioning in 2015, 19,345 MILF combatants have been successfully decommissioned, and 2,175 weapons have been rendered defunct.

“Dahil sa prosesong ito, ay magkakaroon tayo ng kumpiyansa sa ating kaligtasan dahil wala na itong instrumento ng violence. Walang magandang maidudulot ang karahasan”, MGen. Galido said during his speech at 57IB after he attended the decommissioning process.

According to OPAPRU, 145 members of the MILF-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) and 75 of their weapons were laid down during the first round of decommissioning in 2015. In the second phase, which took place in 2019, 12,000 MILF-BIAF members and 2,100 of their weapons were decommissioned.

The Independent Decommissioning Body, which was established by the GPH and MILF negotiating panels as part of the Annex on Normalization of the CAB, is in charge of managing the decommissioning procedure. It is made up of local specialists chosen by the panels as well as representatives from the governments of Turkey, Norway, and the Kingdom of Brunei.

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