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Mindanao Peace Process

Former rebels graduate from TESDA skills training

KIDAPAWAN CITY  – Former communist rebels in Arakan, North Cotabato can now live normal and productive lives with the skills they earned from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The 53 former New Peoples’ Army (NPA) rebels graduated from Mobile Training that TESDA-12 had conducted. It was held in Barangay Tumanding, Arakan, North Cotabato.

Kidapawan residents to NPA: “You are no longer welcome here”

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Fed up by empty promises and forced taxation, poor farmers and local officials of Kidapawan City’s seven barangays on Monday declared the communist rebels are no longer welcome in their communities.

To show their dislikes to the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) who have been mulcting them every time harvest season comes, hundreds of residents led by their village officials marked along major street in Kidapawan to denounce the communist movement.

Officials of Malaysian-led IMT visit Basilan capitol

BASILAN --- Gov. Jim Salliman said Tuesday he was honored with the visit of officials of the Cotabato City-based Malaysian-led International Monitoring (IMT) to the provincial capitol in Isabela City in this island province.

The IMT, comprised of military, police and non-uniformed conflict resolution experts from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, Norway and the European Union, has been helping monitor since 2004 the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Army, NGOs bring joy to pupils of Maguindanao school

TACURONG CITY  – As part of its community service and efforts to win peoples thrust and support, the Army’s 40th Infantry "Magiting" Battalion, under the leadership of Lt. Colonel Rogelio S. Gabi, distributed school supplies and slippers to the pupils of an elementary school in one of its areas of operation.

The activity was held recenlty at the Midpandacan Elementary School in Barangay Midpandacan, General Salipada K Pendatun, Maguindanao in time culmination of the Nutrition Month Celebration. Gen. SK Pendatun town is about 15 kilometers north of here. 

WestMinCom optimistic of peaceful days in Basilan, Lanao del Sur

COTABATO CITY ---- The Western Mindanao Command is optimistic of continuing peaceful days in provinces troubled in past years by Islamic extremists, WestMinCom’s commander said Saturday.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana of WestMinCom said there is peace now in Basilan and an improving security situation in Lanao del sur due to the cooperation in maintaining law and order among provincial officials, the military and police units deployed in the two provinces.

5 BIFF gunmen yield to Army, get livelihood

COTABATO CITY  – After a week-long negotiation, five members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered Thursday to military authorities in Talitay, Maguindanao and handed over assorted high-powered firearms.

Major Gen. Diosdado Carreon, the commander of the 6th Infantry Division, said the rebels surrendered to the Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion of the 601st Infnatry Brigade.

Full military honors tendered to newly promoted WestMinCom chief

On his arrival from Maguindanao, WestMinCom Chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana was welcomed with a full military honors by the officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees at the command headquarters at 4:30pm yesterday, July 4.

This was in connection with his promotion where no less than the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte donned his insignia on Wednesday night.

WestMinCom personnel and other invited guests joined LtGen Sobejana in a simple cocktail party held thereafter at the WMC Officers’ Club.

6ID chief named Western Mindanao Command head

COTABATO CITY – Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, incumbent head of the Army’s Sixth Infantry Division (6ID), has been named the new commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command (WMC) effective this week.

Major Arvin Encinas, 6ID Public Affairs Office chief, told the Manila Bulletin on Monday that Sobejana will official assume the WMC leadership on June 28 in formal turnover rites with predecessor Lt. Gen. Arnel dela Vega.

Army takes over posts of Marines in Maguindanao

MAGUINDANAO - Army personnel will take over the areas in Maguindanao towns vacated by the Marines this week for deployment Sulu to augment security forces fighting the Abu Sayyaf in the hostile island province.

Senior 6th ID officials told this news outfit Thursday that Army personnel are now being positioned in Upi, South Upi and Datu Blash Sinsuat towns following the pull out of the 7th Marine Battalion lasy Sunday.

Army settles “rido” between 2 Moro families

COTABATO CITY  – The military in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao had successfully brought warring Muslim families to a “peace table” inside its battalion headquarters to smoke the pipe of peace over the weekend.

It took several days for the Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry (Lakan) Battalion to convince Muslim families locked in “rido” (clan war) to settle dispute peacefully.

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