GPH-MILF JNCs Coordinate with AFP, PNP Headquarters in Mindanao in Preparation for the Normalization Track

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao-- The Joint Normalization Committee (JNC) of the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has started coordinating with key military and police headquarters in Mindanao to prepare the parties in embarking on the normalization track of the peace agreement.

The normalization tract includes the decommissioning of MILF fighters and the setting up of a composite security team to support peace and security work during the transition period before the formal establishment of the government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in 2022 following the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and signing by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 27, 2018.

The first itinerary was the Zamboanga Peninsula Region led Dickson P. Hermoso, Assistant Secretary for Peace and Security Affairs of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and co-chair of the JNC. He was accompanied by his MILF counterpart, JNC Co-Chair Architect Edward Guerra. 

They were welcomed by Zamboanga Peninsula Police Regional Director C/Supt Billy Beltran and Western Command Deputy Comdr. B/Gen Cirilo Thomas Donato, Jr.

They discussed with military and police officers concerned on the “areas of partnership and implementation on the normalization program” with the security forces.

A report by the OPAPP on August 16 said that among the members of the group were GPH Joint Peace and Security Committee (JPSC) Co-chair and chief of PNP Peace Process and Development Center, Police Chief Superintendent Gerardo Rosales; JPSC member and chief of AFP Peace Process Office, Colonel Cesar De Mesa; MILF JPSC Co-chair Von Al Haq, MILF Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) OIC-Chair Almendras Rinabor, MILF Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) OIC Anwar Alamada, and MILF JNC Secretariat Head Toks Ebrahim.

Earlier the team visited major military and police camps in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Central Mindanao, and Camp Darapanan, the Administrative and Military Headquarters of the Moro Front.

The Annex on Normalization is part of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro ((FAB), and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by the GPH-MILF Peace Panels in 2012, and 2014, respectively.