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IMT-Mindanao 11 pays courtesy call to MILF Leadership 

International Monitoring Team - Mindanao Batch 11, headed by Major General Datuk Wira Zambrose Bin Mohd Zain   paid courtesy call to MILF Leadership at the Moro Front’s Administrative in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao at 2PM on March 30, 2016.

Major General Datuk Wira Zambrose Bin Mohd Zain and members of his contingent were received warmly by MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim along with members of the Central Committee and the BIAF’s General Staff.

In his opening statement, Muhammad Ameen, Secretary to the Central Committee said, “It has been 12 years now that the first batch of IMT was deployed in the Bangsamoro, Southern Philippines. Since then, the IMT have been performing their mandate satisfactorily.

After Ameen’s message, Ustadz Abu Ismail Ibrahim read some verses from the Noble Qur’an.

BIAF Chief of Staff Sammy Al Mansor in his welcome remarks mentioned that the sending of the eleventh batch of IMT signaled the tour of duty's fresh mandate of monitoring is now in motion as it also implies that the peace process is still on track.

Chairman Murad praised the International Monitoring Team for being effective in maintaining and sustaining a conducive atmosphere in the ground in its more than ten years of tour of duty in the Bangsamoro homeland.

“Before the deployment of IMT, the peace process was suffering so many complex situations but when the IMT was already deployed, hostilities were gradually reduced until finally these last three years, zero encounters were achieved”, Al Haj Murad said.

Chairman Murad related the impasse situation of the peace process because of the non-passage yet of BBL. 

Major General Datuk Wira  Zambrose Bin Mohd Zain expressed his thanks for the honor of having visited the beautiful camp and the warm reception and hospitality afforded to them. His one year stay is short but he promised to try his very best to make sure peace process will prevail. Not only corrective measures will be applied, but preventive measures will be taken in his approaches. 

Deputy Head of Mission Brig. Gen. Datu Hj Sanusi Bin Hj Samion, expressed with curiosity as he queried Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman (BTC) Mohagher Iqbal, on why the BBL failed to pass.

Chairman Iqbal said, "It’s the Congress, both the lower house and the upper house that did not pass the BBL."

In addition, as contained in his speech during the CAB Commemoration, Chairman Iqbal said that the reason why the BBL did not passed is because there are groups who worked for its non- passage in congress. Those are the groups with vested interest, powerholders, economic holders, and some extreme religious groups.

The meeting ended up shortly, though it was cordial and  the warm shake hands among them signifies sincere commitment to peace aspirations.