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Mindanao Peace Process

New 602nd Brigade chief vows intensified drive vs. terrorists

CAMP LUCERO, North Cotabato – A seasoned military officer from the office of Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has assumed as head of the Army’s 602nd Infantry Brigade (Bde) in Carmen, North Cotabato on Wednesday,  promising to sustain the government’s campaign against local terrorists and communist rebels.

Brig. Gen. Roberto Capulong, the new 602Bde chief, said he would also push forward the government’s peace initiatives in conflict-affected communities of the brigade’s area of responsibility.

Hometown of slain Abu Sayaf chieftain now peaceful

COTABATO CITY --- Despite the fragile peace now in areas under their jurisdiction, police personnel in Lantawan municipality in Basilan are still not taking chances.

Lantawan is the hometown of terrorist Isnilon Hapilon, the “emir,” or grand leader of the Abu Sayyaf, who was killed by soldiers during their five-month siege of Marawi City in 2017.

Ateneo de Davao pledges support for MinDA Tienda

DAVAO CITY - Officials and students of the Ateneo de Davao University have pledged to support the agency's programs to address poverty, improve productivity and achieve lasting peace in Mindanao, including the institutionalisation of the MinDA Tienda.

AdDU President Fr. Joel Tabora SJ made the commitment of support in research and field works shortly after I presented to a group of Ateneo students the various advocacies and programs of MinDA during a forum Friday, Nov. 29 at the AdDU.

MILF, Marines celebrate PMC `birthday' together

COTABATO CITY - Former bitter enemies, one fighting for Moro cause and the other for national sovereignty, were together in Thursday’s symbolic commemoration here of the 69th founding anniversary of the Philippine Marine Corps.

The chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Hadji Murad Ebrahim, who is figurehead of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, was guest of honor in the event led by Brig. Gen. Eugenio Hernandez, commander of the 1st Marine Brigade.

Former ASG men, WestMinCom in historic `boodle fight’

COTABATO CITY --- Officials of the Western Mindanao Command and 39 reforming former Abu Sayyaf bandits from Basilan had a historic “boodle fight” lunch Tuesday, first ever in WestMinCom’s history.

The traditional military boodle fight banquet was held at WestMinCom’s Headquarters in Zamboanga City.

The activity was organized by Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejena, commander of WestMinCom, and senior members of his staff core.

Radjah Buayan town off limits to local ISIS blocs

MAGUINDANAO --- There is a town in this province whose residents, the police and Army had cleared from Islamic State-inspired militants through concerted security efforts never ever initiated before.

Rajah Buayan Mayor Zamzamin Ampatuan reported during a security conference here Thursday that credit for the feat has to go to his constituents ---displaced many times over in previous years by incursions by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters --- for having pooled their efforts together to stop members of the group from roaming around their barangays.

Top ASG member, 2 others yield to gov’t forces

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The WestMinCom’s campaign against violent extremism reaps good results as more terrorists yield to the government forces in its area of operation.

The most recent is the surrender of 3 Abu Sayyaf Group members under ASG sub-leader Nur Hassan in Basilan, Saturday.

Khadaffy Kalitut, 17th in the PSR list; Aliman Langkasan; and Jiyad Arabin, yielded to the troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion in Route Perez, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan Province.

Westmincom: Lanao del Sur security situation improving

LANAO DEL SUR --- The Western Mindanao Command is confident it can soon defeat the now dwindling militant groups spreading violent extremism in far-flung areas in this province.  

“We are in fact anticipating the return to the fold of law of more misguided religious extremists from across Lanao del Sur soon," Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana of WestMinCom said Friday.

14 more BIFF members surrender to Army

MAGUINDANAO --- Fourteen more Islamic State-inspired militants from interior towns in this province surrendered to the Philippine Army Monday.

The 14 members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters yielded to the Army’s 601st Brigade through the intercession of its component-unit, the 33rd Infantry Battalion.

The group, operating in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is blamed for all bombings in central Mindanao since 2010.

Duterte assures decommissioned Moro fighters of humanitarian support

COTABATO CITY --- President Rodrigo Duterte today promised to usher to mainstream society the decommissioned members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The president was in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao today to lead the decommissioning of 1,060 MILF fighters as part of the effort to restore normalcy in five provinces of the Bangsamoro region, locked in a secessionist conflict since the late 1960s.

He told the decommissioned MILF guerillas the government will do its best to hasten their return to mainstream communities.

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