OPAPP, MNLF: Recruitment is a scam Print
Sunday, 30 July 2017 15:53

By ELY DUMABOC

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have attributed the alleged recruitment of MNLF members to a scam perpetrated by terrorists and other unscrupulous groups.

In a statement, Presidential Adviser Jesus Dureza warned the public about a scam recruiting male civilians in Mindanao to become integrated into the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Dureza said that the recruitment could be a scam initiated by terrorist groups recruiting fighters to go against the government.

The OPAPP has reportedly received similar reports from other areas in Mindanao.

“There is no ongoing integration arrangement at all between the government and any group or faction under the Peace Process,” said Dureza.

The MNLF Central Committee earlier denied links with 59 men who were arrested in Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Sibugay.

The men claimed to be headed to Camp Jabalnur in Lanao del Sur to train as MNLF fighters prior to being integrated into the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The men were charged with Rebellion after undergoing inquest proceedings in Manila last Friday.

“Being an active partner in the ongoing peace process, the MNLF Central Committee could never allow nor tolerate any of her members to engage in any activities that would adversely affect the peace building initiative,” said the MNLF statement.  (Ely Dumaboc)