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OPAPP explains why gov’t-MILF ceasefire deal exists despite having BARMM

Despite the establishment of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)-led Bangsamoro government, the ceasefire agreement with the former rebels and the government would continue, a government peace official said.

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Assistant Secretary Dickson P. Hermoso explained that there is still a ceasefire deal as part of the adjustment period.

“Wala na tayong giyera with the Moro National Liberation Front and MILF so ano pa ang ating ceasefire? Nandiyan pa rin dahil sa adjustment period dahil hindi pa naiintindihan ng lahat sa ground,” he said.

“Kung may nag-commit ng crime, hindi niya p’wedeng sabihin na MILF siya,” the official added.

The Bangsamoro government led by interim chief minister and MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim has been put in place this year after the passage last year and ratification early this year of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autononous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

BARMM replaced ARMM.

“The keywords here are trust and confidence. There is an opportunity for us to gain peace in our area. Let’s grab it — not for us, but for the next generation,” Hermoso said.

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