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Combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces who were decommissioned last Saturday arrive at the Old Capitol complex in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat. MIndaNews photo by Manman Dejeto

Duterte assures support to former Moro fighters

By Teng Lauban Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief .

Cotabato City — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assured the decommissioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants that “the government will assist you as you reintegrate into society and enjoy fruitful and productive civilian lives.”

Last Saturday, Duterte led the second phase of the decommissioning of the MILF-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces combatants and weapons at the Old Capitol in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

“Do not be disheartened na nag-surrender kayo ng armas. Inyo ang gobyernong ito, binigay na namin sa inyo,” he said.

Each of the decommissioned combatants will receive from the government a socio-economic package amounting to an estimated value of P1 million. This includes P100,000 cash, health benefits, scholarships for their children, housing and livelihood projects, trainings, and capacity buildings, among others.

“I hope that they will be inspired to take this opportunity to improve their lives and create a better future for their families and loved ones,” Duterte said. (with reports from bpi-barmm)

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