MILF and communities condemn terrorist presence in Lanao del Sur

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MADALUM, Lanao del Sur — The military joined citizens and a Moro group in condemning the presence of local terrorists in a ceremony in Barangay Tamporong morning of August 17, 2020.

“Ang pagkundena sa mga teroristang grupo ay siyang paraan sa pagpapalayas ng mga terorista sa inyong komunidad, gamit ang pinagsamang lakas ng gobyerno at ng mamamayan nito,” said Lieutenant Colonel Rey David Taqueban, the 12th Civil-Military Operations Battalion Commander.

He added, “Ito ay ating ginagawa upang magkaroon ng mapayapa at maunlad na buhay sa komunidad.”

[The combined force of the government and the citizens in condemning terrorist groups is a way to expel them. We do this to have peaceful and prosperous lives within the community]

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front and residents from Barangay Tamporong hosted the mass condemnation against Local Terrorist Groups (LTG). They burned LTG flags to show their denunciation on terrorists.

The ceremony was also attended by 103rd Infantry (Haribon) Brigade Deputy Commander Colonel Nolie F. Anquillano, 55th Infantry (Vigilant) Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Franco Raphael Alano, Police Lt. Col. Edgar Batoon, MILF Base Commander of BILAL, 124th Base Command Abu Zubair L. Hadji Mustapha, Sultan Ebrahim S. Halid, Brgy Tamporong Chairman Camal M. Mangotara, Madalum Vice Mayor Sultan Usman T. Sarangani Sr, and Madalum, LDS Mayor Usman “Palao” M. Sarangani Jr.

“Ang pinakita dito ng AFP ay hindi gyera kundi kalilintad,” Brgy Tamporong Chairman Mangotara said.

[The did not show war. Instead, they showed peace]

The residents expressed their gratefulness for the presence of soldiers in their area. They said they feel more secure knowing that there are military battalions who are ready to fight terrorists who attempt to ruin the peace in their communities.

Week-long Peace Education

Aside from participating in the mass condemnation, the 12CMOBn also conducted a week-long peace education for the residents of Tamporong.

Lt Col Taqueban led the troops in discussing Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism with the residents of Brgy Tamporong. The lectures empowered the citizens with knowledge on what to do when they suspect terrorist activities in their area. This will also prevent terrorist recruitment to allow progress in their community.

On the other hand, the unit’s Hijab Troopers conducted Psychosocial Intervention for the benefit of the children. This activity instilled peace and taught nonviolent approaches to children so they will grow up to be peace-loving citizens.

The 12CMOBn has been conducting PCVE lectures and Psychosocial Interventions in the Lanao Provinces communities since its deployment back in 2018. They have been an essential unit in the rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City as well as the peace-building and peace-keeping efforts in the said area.