COTABATO CITY, September 12 (PIA) - In reaction to the Zamboanga stand-off, many former MNLF combatants who have been integrated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philipiiner Army (PA) denounce the attack perpetrated by MNLF elements associated with Nur Misuari, according to Army’s 6th ID spokesperson Lt. Col. Dickson Hermoso.
Integration of former MNLF combatants with the PNP and PA started in 1997 in compliance with the implementation of the 1996 GPH-MNLF Final Peace Agreement (FPA).
Hermoso said, the number of MNLF integrees in the PNP and PA totalled to 5,750 of which 1,800 are presently assigned at the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division based at Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao, since 1997 a year after the signing of the 1996 GPH-MNLF (FPA).
Based on interactions with many of the integrees, they disagree with the decision of the MNLF-Misuari group to launch an attack on five barangays in Zamboanga City, Hermoso said.
“According to their reactions, they denounce what’s done in Zamboanga, and even in 2001 during Misuari’s attempt to launch another rebellion, these former MNLF combatants many of whom are promoted to the rank of majors and sergeants were opposed, they are for peace,” Hermoso said.
According to Hermoso, based on observations, the MNLF integrees have high regard and respect to the GPH-MNLF Final Peace Agreement that was forged in September 2, 1996 which provides for the joining of forces resulting in many of them having immersed with the Philippine Army and PNP.
He noted the satisfaction and contentment of the integrees for the opportunity to serve the country, to have decent and stable income to feed their family as a result of the 1996 FPA.
While heightened alert status remains, no significant movements of followers under the MNLF-Misuari wing have been noted in Central Mindanao based on continuing joint police and military intelligence monitoring and gathering campaign, Hermoso said. (PBChangco/PIA Cotabato City)