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Ex-MILF, MNLF combatants can be cops – DILG chief

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) is open to recruit former fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) provided that they meet the requirements, except the age and height.

This was reached during the meeting Friday, June 6, by Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año, Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Interim Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim, and Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez Jr.

Under the agreement, the government will be waiving the age and height requirements of the MILF and MNLF applicants.

“We welcome the admission of MILF and MNLF members to the police force, provided that they meet the general requirements in the national level, and of course we will waive some requirements to accommodate our Moro brothers,” Año said.

“You can actually start the identification of MILF and MNLF members who are qualified for the immediate recruitment so we can make this arrangement and start training,” he told Murad.

Major General Jonas Calleja, PNP Director for Plans, said his agency is in the process of drafting the memorandum circular to operationalize the said arrangement.

“We’re preparing the draft memo circular and it’s stated there that only age and height may be waived, provided the educational attainment requirement shall be applied within 15 years,” he said.

Under Republic Act 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the age, height, and educational requirements of the ex-fighters may be waived by the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

The law also states that those who want to be part of the police force shall apply within five years from the ratification of the BOL, and that they should meet all the educational requirements within 15 years after joining the PNP.

On the appointment of the Police Regional Director for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Año said his office “shall be getting the recommendation of the Chief Minister, as long as these police officers are qualified,” he said.

“Rest assured that I will respect your preference, including the fire and jail directors for the BARMM,” he added.

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