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Duterte says MILF fighters’ decommissioning ‘huge step’ for Mindanao peace

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President Rodrigo Duterte said the decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants was a “huge step” to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao.

Duterte graced Saturday, September 7, the decommissioning of 1,060 MILF fighters and of their weapons in a ceremony in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

“I take pride in the fact that we have made significant progress in the implementation of the agreements arising from the Comprehensive Agreement on [the] Bangsamoro, including the very important Annex on Normalization that covers the decommissioning process. This is indeed a huge step towards our goal of achieving lasting peace for Mindanao,” he said in a speech.

He assured the MILF combatants that the government will always assist then as they reintegrate into society and enjoy fruitful and productive civilian lives.

“I look forward to having you as government’s partners as we take further strides in securing lasting peace and order in Mindanao,” the President said. #

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