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Decommissioning of MILF forces not a surrender – Murad

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Bangsamoro government Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said that the decommissioning of the combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) does not mean surrendering.

Ebrahim made the statement as 1,060 MILF fighters are to be decommissioned Saturday, September 7, in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao with President Rodrigo Duterte gracing the event.

“I would like to emphasize that the decommissioning doesn’t mean we have given up on what we used to fight for. It simply demonstrates our sincere and full commitment to fulfilling our obligations and responsibilities in the peace agreement and we are now working with the government to achieve our goal of peace and development for the Bangsamoro,” he said.

The over 1,000 combatants to be decommissioned are part of the 12,000 or 30% of the 40,000 MILF-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) members to be decommissioned until March next year.

The decommissioning also includes 920 weapons and about 20 heavy weapons of the MILF.

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