Bangsamoro Peace and Development: AFP commits to serve our Muslim people

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. told the Bangsamoro Transition Committee (BTC) headed by Commissioner Ghazali Jaafar that the AFP organization is wholly committed to the peaceful resolution of conflict and attainment of a lasting peace and development in the Bangsamoro Region.

In a meeting at AFP General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on July 12, 2018, Gen. Galvez said: “The cooperation and solidarity among us is necessary now more than ever, as we are only a few steps closer to achieving the objectives of the transition process. I trust that we shall see better days ahead for our brothers and sisters in Mindanao.”

The meeting was also attended by AFP Vice Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Salvador Mison Jr.; Deputy Chief-of-Staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio Collado Jr.; Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega; 1st Infantry Division Commander Major Gen. Roseller Murillo; 6th Infantry Division Commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, and the chiefs of the military’s joint and personal staff.

The BTC contingent was composed of Commissioners Abdularaof Macacua, Ibrahim Ali, Haron Abas, Said Shiek, Hussein Muñoz, Melanio Ulama, Gafur Kainan, Ammal Solaiman, Dr. Susana Anayatin, and Romeo Saliga.

in the meeting, the AFP presented updates on the military’s efforts in support of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

AFP Peace and Development Office head Col. Cesar de Mesa said the AFP’s efforts are currently focused on ensuring the successful implementation of the various peace mechanisms, particularly, the AFP’s creation of organize Joint Peace and Security Teams (JPST) with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Each JPST is composed of seven AFP, eight PNP and 15 MILF members. The AFP initially trained 14 teams which were deployed in Central and Western Mindanao last June. Other teams will be trained as the normalization process continues.

The BTC then expressed gratitude to the AFP and all the agencies involved for their “collective effort” in pushing for peace and development in Mindanao.

“We pray to Allah and to your God that they will finally give peace to us,” Commissioner Jaafar said.

“We convey our sincerest appreciation to all the members of the Commission who served and especially those who are still serving since it was created in 2013,” Gen. Galvez said.

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