The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s decommissioning of 75 of its firearms and its members has no bearing to the ongoing peace talks between the government and the said group.
According to Senator Bongbong Marcos, the process of decommissioning which is set to happen tomorrow at Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao will have no effect at all. The Senator, who heads the Senate Committee on Local Government added that the MILF’s supposed 75 guns that they will turn over to the government isn’t even one percent of their total firearms and members.
Marcos mentioned that the provision of decommissioning in the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro is unclear especially when it wasn’t specified the start and end of MILF’s surrendering of their firearms.
Meanwhile, Senator Ralph Recto said that after the decommissioning, there should be a total moratorium on the acquiring of guns.
According to Recto, the government should insist the deactivation of its combatants and put a halt to their recruitment in order to put an end to the MILF being a threat to the peace and order in the country.