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Ex-MILF fighters, soldiers, cops undergo joint security training

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Over 300 former combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), soldiers and policemen have completed a security training in a military camp in Maguindanao province.

The trainees composed of 150 Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), members, 77 soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and 90 members from Philippine National Police (PNP) attended the closing ceremony for the 2nd Joint Peace and Security Team (JPST) training at Camp Brigadier General Salipada K. Pendatun in Parang Friday, November 22. The one-month training started on October 21 and ended on November 21.

“We shall show the country the indomitable strength of a single united front and inspire communities to adopt a similar culture of trust and peace,” said Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim, who was represented by Ustadh Salim Lingasa.

He said the tying of the once opposing forces “signifies the dawn of a more progressive Bangsamoro: one that is committed to protect the people from all things harmful and detrimental.”

Secretary Carlito Galvez, presidential adviser on peace, reconciliation and unity, represented by Transportation and Communications Minister Dickson Hermoso congratulated the graduates.

“Ang araw na ito ay simbolo na malayo na rin ang ating narating sa paglalakbay tungo sa tunay na kapayapaan sa Bangsamoro at Mindanao,” he said.

Among the highlights of the ceremony was the skill demonstration of selected JPST and the awarding of certificates and medals for outstanding students.

Some Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) officials, representatives of the International Monitoring Team (IMT), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) and the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) were also present during the ceremony.

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