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AFP declares ‘end of war’ with MILF
« on: October 08, 2018, 10:49:07 AM »
AFP declares ‘end of war’ with MILF
Updated October 8, 2018, 7:26 AM
By Ali Macabalang and Francis Wakefield

COTABATO CITY — General Carlito Galvez Jr., Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), officially declared the “end of war” with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last weekend during a historic visit to Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

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Galvez’s visit is a historic gesture as it was the first time that an AFP Chief of Staff set foot on the main headquarters of the MILF since the armed group was established in the 1970s.

Galvez recognized in his remarks that it also reflects the heightened trust and confidence that now exists between the government and the MILF as unprecedented efforts are underway to bringing enduring peace to the Bangsamoro Homeland.

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After the 2008 outbreak of major armed clashes with government forces over its bungled Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MoA-AD) with Malacañang, the MILF has maintained cordiality with state authorities.

The MILF-government ceasefire faced a snag only when terrorist-hunting police commandos clashed with MILF field combatants in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25, 2015 in what the military and the rebel front deemed as an “isolated” instance of “lack of coordination.”

The MILF has two standing major peace accords with the government forged in 2013 and 2014 that served as the basis for the recent enactment of R.A. 11054. The law prescribes the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to replace the 28-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).