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Mindanao Peace Process

Motorcade confirms peace now in Basilan mountain ranges

BASILAN --- Hundreds of vehicles motored Monday on a new highway straddling through the once dangerous Sampinit Complex to show how safe now are the mountain ranges in the center of this island province.
 
The convoy of four-wheeled vehicles and motorcycles was led by Gov. Jim Salliman and Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman, who is Basilan’s lone congressional representative, and Major Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. of the military’s Western Mindanao Command.
 

Peace-builder Army general is new 6th ID commander

MAGUINDANAO --- The outgoing commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division relinquished his post Monday to a general well-versed in conflict-resolution in communities with interfaith and cross-cultural settings.

Major Gen. Juvymax Uy took over from Lt. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, now retired, via a traditional turnover rite at Camp Siongco in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

The event was presided over by Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commanding general of the Philippine Army.

13 BIFF yields to Army in Maguindanao

Labintatlong miyembro ng Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Figther (BIFF) sa ilalim ng Karialan faction ang nagbalik loob sa pamahalaan at sa hanay ng 33rd Infantry (MAKABAYAN) Battalion nitong umaga ng July 14, 2020.

“Naniniwala kami sa 33rd IB na sa pagtutulungan ng Kasundaluhan, Local Government Units, at mga kapulisan ay makakaya natin maging mapayapa ang ating pamayanan” Pahayag ni LTC Elmer M Boongaling, Commanding Officer, 33rd IB.

4 Reds yield to gov't in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

GEN. SANTOS CITY -  Four CPP-NPA rebels from Lake Sebu surrendered to authority on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Sitio Lamfetok Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Clan wars in Maguindanao, Basilan settled amicably

COTABATO CITY --- Local officials settled Friday two bloody clan wars, one in Basilan and the other in Maguindanao, via separate peace covenants reached after tedious dialogues that lasted for months. 

The reconciliation of the families of Datunoey Pandita and Salahudin Ulama in Guindulungan town in the second district of Maguindanao was brokered by the leading datu in the municipality, Midpantao Midtimbang.

Midtimbang is a member of the 80-seat parliament of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

BDA: New hanging bridge to improve life in Lanao Sur's isolated community

MARAWI CITY – Life in a remote village in Lanao del Sur is expected to improve with the completion and expected turnover of a hanging bridge that gives sense of security and economic benefits to the locals. It will be turned over officially to the beneficiaries on March 6.

The Php6,985,403.55 worth hanging bridge project was built in Barangay Sawer, Masiu, Lanao del Sur, an isolated community located within the perimeter of Camp Bushra of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

106 more MILF fighters decommissioned 

COTABATO CITY --- More than a hundred more members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front got decommissioned Tuesday based on its peace deal with Malacañang.

The Independent Decommissioning Body and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process jointly facilitated Tuesday’s event in a public gymnasium in nearby Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao.

The activity was capped off with the turnover by 106 MILF members of their firearms for subsequent safekeeping by the Turkish-led IDB.

Female soldier garner bronze medal in international gun match

COTABATO CITY --- Sometimes the best man for military gun proficiency competitions is a woman.

The Army’s 1st Division awarded on Monday with a special citation Private 1st Class Amera Lim for giving the Philippine Army honor and fame.  

She won a bronze medal in a pistol shooting competition during the 29th Asian Armies Rifle Meet held November 16 to 27, 2019 in Bandung, Indonesia.

Lim is assigned in the 1st Division under the Western Mindanao Command.  

Religious leaders aid PRO-BARMM internal cleansing

COTABATO CITY – The cleansing program of the Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR) has earned the support of major stakeholders in the region – the religious leaders.

On Sunday, Police Brigadier General Marni Marcos Jr, PRO-BAR regional director, said he was elated that priests, imams (Muslim preacher) and pastors of no specific sect have helped the “Squad and Values Life Coach System” of the Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

16 NPAs in Palimbang surrender to 603rd Brigade

SULTAN KUDARAT - Sixteen members of the New People’s Army on Saturday pledged allegiance to the Philippine flag through the efforts of the Army’s 603rd Brigade.

The 16 NPAs first yielded assorted firearms and components of improvised explosive devices to officials of the 37th Infantry Battalion who fetched them before the weekend from their hideouts at forested hinterlands in Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat.

The local government unit of Palimbang has promised to extend relief and rehabilitation support to the 16 former NPAs.

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