April 10, 2015

Joint Inspection Team Visits Alleged BIAF-MILF Training Facility in Limunsudan

ILIGAN CITY, April 1 -- A joint inspection and validation team visited an alleged training camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)–Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) in sitio Limunsudan, barangay Rogongon, Iligan City, on March 29.

The visit was in response to a report from the Higaonon tribe submitted to the Iligan City Council which the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army (PA), took the lead in this endeavor, as part of their area of coverage.

Col Gilbert I. Gapay, brigade commander, 2nd Mech IB, described the area as unoccupied training facility that covers an estimated one hectare area located in the tri-boundary of Iligan City, Talakag of Bukidnon and Tagoloan II of Lanao del Sur. It will take five hours by land trip via Talakag town and another three hours walk to the site.

The semblance of a training facility is intact due to present structures to include fence, obstacle course, tiger jump, monkey bar, beam, training wooden rifle for demonstration, balance beam, watchtower beside the entrance gate, exit gate and nipa huts, Gapay added.

The Joint Inspection and Validation Team was composed of GRP-MILF Coordinating Committee on Cessation of  Hostilities (CCCH) representative, International Monitoring Team (IMT), Adhoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) Civil Society Organization (CSO), Pakigdait Incorporated, Local Government Unit of Iligan City and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) representative, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP).

The team met and had a dialogue with the Higaonon tribal leaders with their members who are also residents of sitio Limunsudan.

After the visit, the team will have an assessment as to its findings, giving a week’s time for its official report to be released. (2nd Mech (Magbalantay)/PA/PIA-10 LDN)

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