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GPH, MILF CCCH sign guideline for Mutual Understanding for ceasefire-related functions for the May 14 elections

The Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) signed last Friday (May 4) a guideline for Mutual Understanding for ceasefire-related functions for the May 14 synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

GPH CCCH Chair Brigadier General Cirilo Thomas P. Donato Jr. and his MILF counterpart, Butch Malang, signed the guideline at the International Monitoring Team (IMT) M-13 Headquarter in Cotabato City.

The signing was witnessed by Major General Dato’ HJ Mohd Nazir Bin Mami, Head of Mission of the 13th Mindanao IMT.

The guideline stipulated that armed MILF elements should refrain from going near the pooling places and avoid displaying their firearms and uniforms along the routes leading to areas where electoral activities are going on.

The initiative aims to safeguard the GPH-MILF Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, the Security Aspect of GPH-MILF Agreement on Peace of June 22, 2001 as well as the 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro of 2014.

“The strength of the deputized PNP / AFP election security personnel to be deployed in the MILF dominated areas shall be coordinated so as not to create unnecessary alarm and apprehension to the MILF forces and civilian communities that might jeopardize the ceasefire and peace process,” the guideline stipulated.

“This undertaking is to safeguard the GPH-MILF ceasefire and support the ongoing peace process inherent to the IMT mandate,” stated in the guideline.

The two parties agreed to implement the guidelines from May 4 to 21, 2018.