Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City – Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana welcomes Major General Dato’ Muhammad Anwar Bin Abdullah, Head of Mission of International Monitoring Team Mindanao -15 (IMT M-15) and his team as they will cap their tour of duty on March 15, 2021 and paid their exit call at the General Headquarters, February 18.
The International Monitoring Team is a third-party international body that is mandated to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The contingent is composed of 16 Malaysian, eight Bruneians, and one from the European Union.
The IMT M-15 were crucial partners within the ceasefire mechanism in ensuring the proper conduct of law enforcement operations among the AFP, Philippine National Police, and the MILF. They have contributed as well to the reduction of the tension, promotion of a stable ceasefire agreement, and confidence-building in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
With their contribution to the peace and order in Mindanao, the IMT M-15 contingent were awarded with the Chief of Staff, AFP Commendation Medal and Ribbon.
During the call, the AFP Chief expressed his gratitude and as well of the People of the Bangsamoro Region and other peace stakeholders for the role and contribution of the contingent in maintaining a peaceful environment in their area of responsibility.
The AFP Chief also mentioned that the areas covered by the IMT remains significantly peaceful during the tour of duty of MGen Dato’ Muhammad Anwar Bin Abdullah.
At the end of the discussion, Lieutenant General Sobejana conveyed that the AFP remains committed to uphold the importance of the peace process to sustain and protect its gains in terms of peace and order in the area. The AFP also supports its partners and stakeholders from the security sector, public sector, and from the international community in upholding the best interest of Filipinos especially of the people in the Bangsamoro region.
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