BIAF 109th Base Command holds Solidarity Camp

Colombio, Sultan Kudarat- The 109th Base Command of Eastern Mindanao Front of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces- Moro Islamic Liberation Front (BIAF-MILF) held its closing program for the first phase of their “MUHAYAM” or Solidarity Camp on March 23, 2016 attended by about 400 BIAF members of the base command and field commanders.

The Ideological, Political and Organizational Training (IPO) dubbed “Muhayam” was conducted into 4 batches with each batch attended by 100 participants from platoon leader up to the unit Commander, brigade commander and Morsedeen (Islamic Call and Guidance). 

The Islamic Call and Guidance of each unit and in the brigade command is responsible in the Islamization of the rank and file of the Moro Front.

“We gathered here today to conclude the 1st phase of our ‘Muhayam’ and few weeks from now, we will start the 2nd phase.  Let us continue to support MILF-BIAF programs in Capacity Building, and strictly follow the BIAF Code of onduct, said Abdulrahim Molilis, member of the Coordinating Committee for Cessation of Hostilities of the MILF (CCCH). 

Datu Ibarahim “Datu Tots” Salindab urged the participants to strengthen brotherhood and unity among them. Peace and unity among brothers in the struggle are vital to establish a peaceful community. “Unity is an important tool for sustaining peace and development in our community.” Salindab also said.

Fellow Mujahideen, “Let us strengthen our efforts to implement the four point program of the MILF. We must strictly perform our assigned tasks with Islam as our guidance, and support the peace process. Islam is an ideology that governs all aspects of life that includes socio-economic, political and religion”, said Sheik Abdillah Pagimanan.


“We conducted this ‘Muhayam’ with the objective to capacitate our field commanders, perform their respected task and assignments in line with Islamic Perspective, and to support the MILF Central Leadership on our political struggle, to regain our long lost freedom and independence, and achieve lasting Peace in our homeland, Haji Abas Bukol said..

“Let us continue to implement the MILF four-point program, uphold and support the MILF Central Committee on their commitment to pursue the path of peace and ensure that all the gains are preserved.” Hadji Abas stressed. 

Prof. Esmael A. Abdula, Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) Executive Director and BLMI Steering Committee member shared with the participants the “PATH TO PEACE”-Stages of the Bangsamoro Struggle for Right to Self-Determination.  

He related that the Bangsamoro shifted from armed struggle to political struggle that resulted in the signing of peace agreements and the establishment of institutions that serve as mechanism for peace and development in Mindanao.

“These are the most important gains of the GPH-MILF peace process that the MILF values most”, Abdula said. 

“The MILF is resolve in democratic participation once the BBL is passed. The FAB and the CAB are the political documents that provide political solutions to the Bangsamoro struggle for the right to self-determination,” he said. 

He explained that the if the BBL was passed it would have been the answer to the Bangsamoro question and the Annex on Normalization is the security aspect in implementing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by the two parties.  

“But the non-passage of BBL by Philippine Congress is a great challenge to the Bangsamoro People,” Abdula pointed out. He urged the BIAF field commander to “continue and uphold the peace process and ensure that all its gains are preserved”.