Two hundred Moro National Liberation Front fighters clashed with the 102nd Infantry Brigade troopers under the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan, not in the battlefield but in a friendly sports fest held at the Headquarters, 102Bde, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Province earlier today (December 5, 2018).
“The dual meet aims to unite the MNLF and the AFP through the 102nd Brigade as partners in bringing peace and development in our area of responsibility,” said Brigade Commander Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan.
The MNLF fighters and their dependents came from fourteen municipalities of Zamboanga Sibugay and three of Zamboanga del Norte.
“The revolution started in 1968, then comes martial law in 1972 that puts our country in chaos and it has to end,” said Hadji Abdullah Usman, Admiral Commander, MNLF.
“We must unite in bringing peace and prosperity in our country,”he added.
The event started with a short program, followed by fun and ball games which include raising of team’s banner, tug of war, obstacle course, baskeball, and volleyball.
“The focus in winning the peace is an acknowledgement that partnership with peace-inclined group is significant in achieving the endeavor,” said Major General Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander.