Zero armed encounter between GPH and MILF in 2012

jan 3, 2013

The Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities(CCCH) of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has noted a zero incident of armed encounter between the government and MILF forces in 2012.

The GPH and MILF CCCH, popularly known as the ceasefire committee, posted this report to MILF’s luwaran.com website on New Year’s Day.

“2012 is indeed a historic year for the current GPH – MILF Peace Process as it is the only year since the signing of the ceasefire accord between the two parties more than a decade of years now that not a single encounter of armed encounter between government and MILF forces occurred,” the committe’s Secretariat bared.

Last October 15, 2012, the peace negotiating panels of the government and MILF and the Malaysian Third Party Facilitator signed the historic GPH -MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro at the Presidential Palace in Malacanang.

Standing as principals witnesses in the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro were President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Malaysian Prime MinisteDato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, and MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.

The effective ceasefire mechanisms of the peace process on the ground such as the GPH- MILF CCCH headed by BGen Gilberto Roa and Said Shiek, GPH – MILF AHJA Guided by BGen Roland Amarille and Atty Abdul Dataya, tne local monitoring teams(LMTs), and the International Monitoring Team headed by His Excellency MGenDatuk Abdul Rahim bin Yusuff of Malaysia with members from Brunei, Japan,Indonesia, Norway and the European Union were very significant in the successful realization of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Maj. Carlos Sol Jr, GPH CCCH secretariat head, noted, “the effectiveness of the ceasefire mechanisms and strong cooperation and partnership between the government and MILF forces attributed the zero armed encounter for 2012.”

“The signing of the Framework Agreement had significantly improved and sustained the adherence and support to the ceasefire particularly among the ground commanders of the government and MILF and the local government units,” he added.

MGen Datuk Abdul Rahim, IMT Head of Mission, commended the GPH – MILF CCCH and urged both the government to keep the zero incident in 2013.

“We should maintain the stable situation on the ground so that the implementation of the Framework Agreement will be provided the necessary conducive environment for its greater success,” he said. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte

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