Troops on alert for peace deal signing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:56

With the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) poised to sign a peace accord on March 27, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday said that all troops in the Mindanao area will be on alert to prevent “spoilers” from disturbing the historical event.

“We cannot discount that, that’s why it is important that troops in the area remain on alert and vigilant,” AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said.

However, he clarified that the military is still to detect any threats for this event.

When asked about groups who may play the role of “spoilers,” Zagala said the “Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters” (BIFF) could be one.

“There is the BIFF (and) there are those groups (who) will stand to lose a lot because of the normalization, so we’re looking into all of that, what’s important is we must support the signing and the peace process so that it will push through,” the AFP public affairs office chief said.

Meanwhile, some 500 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are set to attend the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in Malacanang on Thursday, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said yesterday.

In a Palace media briefing, Deles also assured that the government’s security forces are aware of the possibilities and are ready for all contingencies.

Meanwhile, government peace panel chairman Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the signing will also be done in the presence of more than 1,000 people at the Palace grounds.

She further said the signing will demonstrate how the event is important for all Filipinos and not just those of the Bangsamoro or the people of Mindanao.

“Under this government, those who are left out are those who want to be left out,” Deles said, referring to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA)’s umbrella organization National Democratic Front (NDF).

“...The door remains open to all fronts that (for) one to work together with government, it is still a call to partnership,” Deles said.

“It is still a call to partnership to all groups and we will continue to proceed up to the last day of this agreement to bring that message across,” she added.