Former outlaws now ready to serve nation rightfully

After undergoing a month-long basic military training, 219 former Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (MILF-BIAF) members are now ready to be deployed and become part of the Joint Peace and Security Team of the Bangsamoro region.

The training started on August 1, 2019 and culminated in a graduation ceremony held at the headquarters of the 602nd Infantry Brigade in Camp Lucero, Barangay Nasapian, Carmen, North Cotabato yesterday, August 27.

In his remarks, Maj. Gen. Diodado Carreon said to the graduates, “I put emphasis on the values as to how this could help you relearn the basics and assess yourselves both in terms of knowledge, concepts, and application of combat skills.”


“Joint Task Force Central and the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a whole, are glad to that we will be working with you in pursuit of lasting peace and sustainable development in Central Mindanao,” Maj. Gen. Carreon added.

As part of the peace agreement between the Philippine Government and the MILF, the training was done purposely to equip the former combatants to become competent peacekeeping forces prior their deployment to the 6 identified MILF camps, on September 7, 2019. They will form part of the team composed of the AFP, PNP, and MILF-BIAF.

The graduation ceremony was graced by WestMinCom commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana; Joint Task Force Central commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon; 602nd Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Alfredo Rosario; Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Director Police/Brigadier General Marni Marcos; Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Assistant Secretary David Diciano; BARMM Ministry of Finance and Budget Management Minister Eduard Guerra; Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Vice Chairman Datu Romeo Sema; and BARMM Ministry of Transportation and Communication Minister Dickson Hermoso.

In his message as the guest of honor and speaker, Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana reminded the graduates not to be deceived by others who chose to still take the wrong path.

“You are trained to become more resilient and capable of performing your duties and responsibilities as part of the security forces,” said Lt.Gen. Sobejana.

“I encourage everyone to be part of the foundation of a just and lasting peace along with sustainable progress in the Bangsamoro region,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.Top of Form

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