MILF, MNLF commanders vow to help in the campaign against illegal drugs

A Mindanews report posted online on September 15 said that Commanders from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front have vowed to help in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Senior Supt. Jonathan Tangonan, Officer-in-charge of the Cotabato Police Provincial Office disclosed that said commanders manifested their support in a covenant signed after a “special meeting” Thursday (September 14) with the local police and the municipal government of Matalam, North Cotabato.

Mayor Gigi Valdevieso-Catamco called for the meeting which was also attended by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA R-12) and the provincial police office.

In an interview over catholic-run DXND, Tangonan said the commanders admitted that they have relatives who are using and selling drugs.

Illegal drugs trade according to Tongonon has disturbed their communities for so long and at times caused ‘rido’ or family feuds among them”. Police records showed Matalam town is considered a “hot spot” of illegal drugs.