CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – The Army’s 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion (2MIBn) participated in the opening of Maguindanao’s Provincial Arabic Schools Festival last January 9, 2010 at Barangay Old Maganoy, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao.
This year’s annual school festival was organized by the local government of Datu Abdullah Sangki with the support from the Province of Maguindanao in a bid to further advance the advocacy in strengthening the Madaris schools in Maguindanao and promote Madaris not only as a center for Arabic literacy but an institute for culture, sports and values education.
The activity was anchored on the theme “Strengthening and Developing Madaris Schools through Culture and Sports” attended by teachers and students of the different Madrasah school of the province.
Present during the opening program as a guest of honor was Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 118 Base Command Commander Wahid Tundok.
In his message, Tundok said that he was thankful for the great improvement on the peace and order situation in the area. He also encouraged the members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter to abandon their armed struggle and return to the fold of law for a better and brighter future of the province.
“Makikita niyo ang pagsasama ng mga sundalo at MILF sa pagpapatuloy ng maunlad at payapang pamayanan. Hinihikayat ko ang mga kapatid natin sa BIFF na ibaba na ang inyong mga baril at bumalik na sa gobyerno. Umalis na kayo sa mga kinikilala ninyong mga lider na nagtuturo ng maling paniniwala sa islam. Ang gyera ay natapos na kaya sumama na tayo sa gobyernong may malasakit sa atin, at para sa pag unlad ng ating bayan,”Tundok said.
Joint Task Force Central Commander, Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, conveyed his message of gratitude to the MILF members led by Commander Tundok for their gesture in undertaking the peace initiatives for the development and progress of Maguindanao through participating in the government activities together with the Army.