A Lanao del Norte lawmaker and a commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed to set aside their political differences for the sake of peace in Mindanao, a government official said Sunday.
Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. hailed the meeting between Lanao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo and Hadji Abdullah G. Makapaar, alias Commander Bravo, commander of the North Western Mindanao Front of the MILF.
The meeting, first after 40 years between the two parties, took place at Camp Bilal in the town of Munai in Lanao del Norte on January 13.
“Both sides have agreed to work collectively for peace and bring development in the area. It is worth noting that this is the first time both parties have met after four long decades,” Galvez said in a statement.
He said the meeting was part of his office’s mandate to bring peace by building relationships.
The former military general said it was also not a surprise that Dimaporo and Bravo share the same passion to bring peace and development in the area since both sides are blood-related.
During the meeting, he said they talked about the history of their family.
Their fathers joined forces and fought the invading Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, he said.
“Both men have agreed to set aside their political differences in preparation for the peaceful conduct of the upcoming plebiscites for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) scheduled on January 21 and February 6, 2019,” Galvez added.
Also presen in the “historic” meeting were Brigadier General Thomas Sedano Jr., commander 2nd Mechanized Brigade, and Butch Malang, chairperson of the MILF’s Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities.