JTF Central allays fear of conflict

A peace dialogue was initiated by the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and the 6th Civil Military Operation Battalion with Datu Item Ampatuan, 106th Base Commander of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, at old Madrasah in Barangay Dimampao, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao at 10am on February 18.

The peace dialogue was orchestrated after fake news and rumors came out that the military will attack the MILF community and cause massive evacuations in the area.

After knowing that fake news, Major General Cirilito Sobejana, the Joint Task Force Central Commander, immediately instructed Lieutenant Colonel Alvin Iyog, the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, and Major Aslim Ulangkaya, of the 6th CMO Battalion, to talk with the MILF ground commanders, the local community, and the religious leaders.

Major Jimmy Amoloy, the 2MechBn Executive Officer, and Major Ulangkaya engaged with Datu Item Ampatuan religiously to dispel the fear of the community.

“We have similar objectives, which is the peace and progress for our people”, said the emissaries of Major General Sobejana.

The community also agreed in the establishment of a military patrol base in the area as part of the community’s deterrence against any threat groups.

“We have a good package, one that we believe will create wide optimism, a prelude to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao”, said Commander Ampatuan.

Major General Sobejana also expressed his gratitude to the community of Datu Abdullah Sangki town for their cooperation to end the dialogue with a positive result.

“In war, we cannot get enough, but in talking, we can get more than we expect and we are here in full support and cooperation with all your noble intentions and undertakings,” added Major General Sobejana.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said: “Peace is best achieved by cultivating harmony and understanding. That is why we try to include everyone and push for peaceful engagements with those who are at stake.”

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