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Philippines: MILF to decommission 40,000 combatant

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18:50 13-01-2019
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The Moro Islamic Libe­ration Front (MILF) will decommission 40,000 combatants of its Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAFF) when the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will be ratified, local media reported on Sunday, Anadou Agency reports.

A plebiscite will be held on Jan. 21 and Feb. 6 to ratify the bill and once the BOL is ratified, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao would be created.

Jannati Mimbantas, MILF Northeastern Mindanao Front commander, said that an international decommissioning body (IDB) -- under the observance of independent international monitoring team -- was created by the government and the MILF, according to the Manila Times.

Mimbantas said that Turkey would lead the seven-member IDB with Brunei and Norway as members on the international side, General Reynaldo Abu and Dr. Mario Abuja for the government, and Jannati and Jack Abbas for the MILF.

Decommissioning of the combatants would be done in three stages and the last decommissioning is expected in 2022 when the organic law shall have been fully implemented, he added.