MILF calls for assembly following breakthrough

Posted at 10/09/2012 10:45 PM | Updated as of 10/10/2012 8:18 AM

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines - The leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has called for an assembly among all its regional and provincial leaders and Bangsamoro Islamic Amed Forces (BIAF) commanders in Mindanao.

This is following the breakthrough in the recent 32nd round of exploratory talks between the rebel group and the Philippine government in Malaysia.

MILF First Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar said this is to inform and educate the leaders and members of the organization on what transpired in the negotiating table gearing towards the road map to a new entity called "Bangsamoro."

One of the attendees is 58-year-old Gen. Mohammad Nasif, a member of the General Staff-BIAF and Task Force Itihhad (Unity).

Nasif was 18 when he joined the MILF-BIAF along with other 200 college students after the Carmen massacre in 1968.

The massacre prompted him to fight for the Bangsamoro people.

Nasif said they tried to live a normal life, and their struggle continues even now that he is married and has 5 children who are all professionals.

The MILF-BIAF is hopeful and optimistic that lasting peace will be achieved for the next generations in the Bangsamoro homeland.

ARMM hails GPH-MILF framework agreement

Meantime, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government welcomed the announcement on the framework agreement by the government and the MILF that would pave way to the region's new political entity, the Bangsamoro.

ARMM OIC Governor Mujiv Hataman said as of now, the agreement will not have any implications on the region.

"Gagawa tayo series of activities on educating the local government units, kasi marami rin nagtatanong sa atin kung ano mangyayari, maaalis ba raw sila. Pero as of now, no implications sa katayuan ng ARMM. Iyun ang misconception," Hataman said.

Efforts in reforming the ARMM will also continue, he added.

ARMM elections will also push through in May 2013.