The security sector will play a significant role when the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) becomes the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) once the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Police Regional Office ARMM regional director P/Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares said the PRO ARMM has been invited to attend the meeting of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to prepare for new security guidelines after the signing of the BBL.

The joint GPH-MILF Coordinating Committee for the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) yesterday completed its 3-day meeting with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (PAPP) Secretary Jesus G Dureza and PAPP deputy adviser Nabil Tan in Davao City.

Mijares said the meeting resulted in the preservation of the ceasefire mechanism and the peace process as a whole.

“The cooperation and lateral coordination between the AHJAG, GPH-MILF CCCH and other peace stakeholders to eradicate illegal drugs, proliferation of loose firearms and to fight the emerging militant and radical groups in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and to take appropriate action on other pressing security concerns in the region were the key issues discussed in the 3-day meet,” said Mijares.

Those who attended the meeting included MILF Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Assistant Secretary Dickson Hermoso and representatives of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) led by Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed.

The GPH-MILF CCCH and AHJAG recently signed an Agreement of Cooperation and Coordination in the Campaign against Illegal Drugs in MILF controlled areas.

The MILF will also prepare for the decommissioning of its firearms once the Bangsamoro Basic Law is implemented.

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Submitted by KDN guest writer Ted Khan Resma Juanite