CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – A peace dialogue was initiated by the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and 6th Civil Military Operation Battalion with Datu Item Ampatuan, 106th Base Commander of BIAF, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on February 18, 2019 at around 10 o’clock in the morning at old Madrasah, Brgy Dimampao, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao.
The peace dialogue was orchestrated after a fake news and rumours came out, that the military will attract the MILF community in the area that resulted on massive evacuations.
After knowing that fake news, 6th Infantry Division Commander Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana immediately instructed Ltc Alvin Iyog, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and 6th CMO Battalion through Major Aslim Ulangkaya to talk with the MILF ground commanders, local community and the religious leaders.
Major Jimmy Amoloy, Executive Officer of 2nd Mechanized Battalion and Major Ulangkaya engaged with Datu Item Ampatuan religiously to dispel the fear of the community with positive response.
“We have similar objectives, which is the peace and progress for our people”, said the emissaries of Major General Sobejana.
The community also agreed the establishment of military patrol base in the area as part of the community deterrence against any threat groups.
“We have a good package, one that we believe will create wide optimism, a prelude to Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao”, said Commander Ampatuan.
Major General Sobejana also expressed his gratitude to the community of Datu Abdullah Sangki town for their cooperation to end the dialogue with a positive result.
“In war, we cannot get enough, but in talking, we can get more than we expect”, and “we are here in full support and cooperation with all your noble intentions and undertakings”, Major General Sobejana added.
Maj Arvin G Encinas
Chief, Public Affairs Office, 6ID, PA
Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao