MILF CCCH Chairman Butch Malang presented token from MILF to wounded AFP soldiers. IMT, Maj Gen Datuk Masrani Paiman (Right)

IMT Head of Mission, CCCH chairmen visit wounded soldiers who encountered Daesh-inspired BIFF

The International Monitoring Team (IMT) Head of Mission (HOM) and the Chairmen of the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH) visited on Thursday (Oct 20) three wounded soldiers who encountered last week the Daesh-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) in Midsayap, North Cotabato at North Cotabato.

According to the press release recently issued by IMT, Maj Gen Datuk Masrani Paiman, IMT HOM, MILF CCCH Chairman Butch P. Malang and GPH CCCH BGen Earl D. Baliao of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) visited Cpl. Amiroden J. Dimasangca, Pfc. Mark Ronel B. Mahilom, and Pfc. Buenaventura C. Raygon who are currently being treated at the military hospital of the 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in Camp Siongco, Awang, Cotabato City.

The visit is part of Confidence Building Measures effort among the stakeholders of the GPH-MILF peace mechanism. 

As a token of appreciation, Chairman Malang presented fruit baskets to the wounded soldiers and conveying his hope that they will recuperate very soon. He also shared inspiring words to the soldiers.

The IMT is comprised contingents from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan and Norway. It is mandated to monitor the ceasefire truce between the Philippine Government and MILF and the implementation of the socio-economic and civilian protection agreements between the two parties.

The reduction on the number of armed encounters between the forces of the two sides has been attributed on the presence of IMT.

The CCCH is mandated to coordinate and ensure the implementation of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities of 1997 and guidelines on the security aspect of the agreement on peace of 2001 in the conflict affected areas in Mindanao.

Both the IMT and CCCH is part of the GPH-MILF peace process infrastructure,

Maj Gen Datuk Masrani Paiman, Mr. Butch P. Malang and BGen Earl D. Baliao AFP briefed on soldiers’ medical conditions.

MILF CCCH Chairman Butch Malang presented token from MILF to wounded AFP soldiers.