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Congresswoman Bai Dimple Mastura Joins Presidential Entourage in Central Mindanao Visit

Maguindanao del Norte and Cotabato City Representative Bai Dimple Mastura had a productive day as part of the presidential entourage accompanying President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr. on his visit to Central Mindanao. Their first activity was a visit to the Philippine National Police Bangsamoro Autonomous Regional Office at Camp Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun in Parang, Maguindanao del Norte, to witness the graduation of one hundred former members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who completed the Bangsamoro Police Basic Recruit Course. This program is part of the peace agreement between the government and MILF. Following this, the presidential entourage, along with #People’sCongresswoman, proceeded to Camp Abubakar in Barira, Maguindanao del Norte, to attend the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and MILF. The signing of this agreement paved the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in 2019. It is worth noting that Congresswoman Bai Dimple Mastura, a former member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority appointed by former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, was buried after serving as the government’s representative to the BTA. Following this, the group proceeded to Pikit, North Cotabato, to inaugurate the Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project Stage II, which aims to provide irrigation water to over 9,000 hectares of farmland in Cotabato and Maguindanao provinces, benefiting an estimated 4,000 families. President Marcos Jr. and #TheHardworkingCongresswoman then visited the 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army at Camp BGen Gonzalo H. Siongco in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte, to visit soldiers wounded in recent encounters with local terrorists in the province. The president also provided cash assistance to the soldiers and their families. Finally, President Marcos Jr., along with the diligent lawmakers and other members of the presidential entourage, had the opportunity to speak with the troops of the 6th Infantry Division. President Marcos Jr. emphasized the importance of adhering to the primacy of the peace process and maintaining open lines of communication for MILF and MNLF members. He stressed that this is crucial for swiftly resolving conflicts and addressing the root causes of any disputes.

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