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OPAPP: No agreement with MNLF to recruit for AFP

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Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza has clarified that the government has no standing agreement with any group under the peace process for the integration of its combatants to the Philippine military.

Dureza also warned the public not to believe unscrupulous persons recruiting male individuals into the armed forces.

“It has come to our attention, following two separate interceptions of about 60 persons in Zamboanga Sibugay and in Basilan a few days ago, that unscrupulous individuals are recruiting male civilians in Mindanao to be “integrated” into the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) using the name of the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) and other groups,” Dureza said.

He added that his office has been receiving similar reports from other areas in Mindanao.

Dureza said that “there is no ongoing integration arrangement at all between the government and any group or faction under the peace process.”

“This could be a scam or a handiwork of terrorists recruiting fighters to fight government,” Dureza warned.

The statement was issued after 59 men intercepted from Zamboanga city and Zamboanga Sibugay were flown to Manila last Friday for investigation.

When asked, the men claimed to be members of the MNLF and that they were headed to Camp Jabalnur in Lanao del Sur for a purported training prior to integration to the regular force of the AFP, said Capt Jo-Ann Petinglay, Western Mindanao Spokesperson.

“Since there were no prior coordination for or information about such movements, a quick verification was made with the MNLF.  The Front denied neither links with the group  nor the existence of any such training,” Petinglay added.  (Darwin Wee)




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