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19July

MILF-JNC conducts Orientations inside MILF Camps

The Joint Normalization Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (JNC-MILF) continue its peace advocacy campaign program by conducting orientations inside the camps of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Maguindanao and Lanao Del Sur. 

Last Saturday, July 16, the MILF-BIAF General Staff composed of Ustadz Abdulkadir Abdullah, Toks Ebrahim, Baser Calim and Atty.  Naguib Sinarimbo, Legal Counsel of JNC team visited two MILF Camps in Datu Piang, Maguindanao where they conducted orientations to officers and members of the BIAF.

Toks Ebrahim, Administrative Officer of the MILF-BIAF General Staff emphasized to the BIAF officers/members ‘self-reliance’ as one of the four-point programs of the Moro Front that were introduced by the late MILF Chairman Salamat Hashim. 

“You must develop your own community in any means. Our development partners will provide assistance but not enough to accommodate all our members,” Ebrahim said.

Ebrahim told the BIAF officers/members to observe ‘self-management’.  “If you are doing well, you will be promoting yourself, and by doing that you are also helping your brigade as well as the entire MILF leadership”, he added.

Ebrahim encouraged them to make their own plan, for their family, for their community, to strengthen one’s faith as the responsibility of being a Mujahideen. 

“By doing that, you will no longer become part of the problem of our society,” Ebrahim stressed. 

On the other hand, Atty. Sinarimbo briefed hundreds of participants who attended the program on the role of JNC and updates on the GPH-MILF peace process.

“We have done our part in complying with the first decommissioning of MILF combatants and weapons,” Sinarimbo pointed out. However, he said, the government of the Philippines under the Aquino administration failed to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

 “If they will not pass and implement the BBL, we’ll not be obliged to decommission 30% of our forces and war materials for the second phase”, he said. 

Atty. Sinarimbo also explained that normalization is different from Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration or DDR. “The concept of DDR is not acceptable to MILF,” he explained.

On the peace process, Sinarimbo said that the signed agreement was between the government and the MILF and not with an administration. “An administration will end just like the Aquino administration, but agreements are there to stay”, Sinarimbo elaborated. 

Sinarimbo is optimistic that based on President Rodrigo Duterte’s previous statements, he will push for the passage of the BBL but shifting to federal form of government is the president’s priority.

After holding a community advocacy program in Western Mindanao, the MILF-JNC Secretariat Basir Calim said, that their team have already visited several MILF Camps in Lanao Del Sur. 

The MILF-JNC Team have conducted similar program in Pikit, North Cotabato, another one in Maguindanao. One of the camps in North Cotabato will also be visited, Calim said.

The signed document on Annex on Normalization dated January 25, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia states that “Normalization is a process whereby communities can achieve their desired quality of life, which includes the pursuit of sustainable livelihood and political participation within a peaceful deliberative society.”