IMT-Mindanao Mission 11 Head MajGen. Datu Wira Zamrose Bin Moh. Zain visits Basilan

MajGen. Datu Wira Zambrose Bin Mohammad Zain, Head of the International Monitoring Team-Mindanao Mission 11 and some members of his team visited Barangay Magkawa Municipality of Albarka, Basilan on May 3, 2016.

The purpose of the visit was to monitor the situation in the province at the aftermath of the Baguindan incident where army soldiers clashed with alleged members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on April 9, 2016.

"I just arrived in Mindanao about 50 days ago and I have visited major cities in Mindanao such as Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos City, Iligan City and others”, MajGen. Datu Mohd. Zain said.

"The tasks of IMT are not easy and with lots of challenges such as we shift every now and then to other areas, the BBL is pending and also the election period". 

His message could serve as reminders to different stake holders especially the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) & the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that should there be misunderstanding on the ground, they should be settled immediately in their level so that small problem shall not get bigger. 

“Allow us to take care of  the top level, while on the ground must be taken care of by  ground commanders especially in Basilan where situation is very critical due to the presence of lawless elements like terrorist groups”, the IMT Head said.

MajGen. Datu Moh. Zain further said that, “BIAF commanders should always coordinate with their counterpart in the AFP to ensure peace and stability in this region and so that the issue on BBL will be settled soon in shaa Allah”.

IMT responsibility is to observe and monitor but I always speak beyond that to make sure the peace process would not be spoiled by those people who are against it.

If I go back to Malaysia I will speak to the Malay people and of course ask them to support the process. I’ll explain to the different sectors, NGOs and etc. and I'm sure the BBL will become a reality". 

Their meeting with the BIAF members lasted for less than an hour. They were accompanied by Col. Rolando Jocelito D. Bautista, GSC, 104th Brigade Commander.

Col. Bautista was given a part in the program but due to their hectic schedule he cancelled his message and went back to Zamboanga City by chopper.