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MILF set to undergo electoral registration

By ALEX D. LOPEZ

COTABATO CITY (March 5) – To further strengthen the manifestation of sincerity and commitment of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to the on-going peace process with the government, more than 2,000 of its members and combatants, including those in the key positions and the members of the Central Committee will join in a symbolic voters’ registration set by the Commission on Elections (COMELECT) on March 7, Saturday in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

A preparatory and coordination meeting for the said registration was held on Wednesday, March 4 here that was facilitated by COMELEC regional office in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the members of the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) of both the government and the MILF and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

Atty. Ray Sumalipao, COMELEC regional director in the ARMM led the preparatory and coordination meeting that was joined by Major General Edmundo Pangilinan, 6th ID commander; Brig. General Carlito Galvez, head of GPH-CCCH; Atty. Lanang Ali of the MILF; and Senior Superintendent Noel Armilla, PNP director for ARMM.

Atty. Sumalipao said that COMELEC will assign 5 registration machines at the gymnasium in Camp Darapanan to cater the registration of the MILF combatants.

Those who will be involved in the registration will be members of MILF who are stationed at Camp Darapanan.

He clarified that after the registration of the more than 2,000 MILF members, registration of other MILFs from various areas in Mindanao will continue in accordance with the continuing registration of voters for the 2016 elections.

Security measures and other coordinating matters were already finalized during the meeting that includes the role of the PNP in ensuring the orderliness in the area especially on the flow of traffic in the Narciso Ramos Highway.

Both the government and the MILF representatives agreed that the upcoming event will help boost the on-going peace process.

From combatants and warriors, the move will show the transformation of MILF into peaceful members of communities by effecting changes through electoral process.

The registration of voters on March 7 will be witnessed by chair Henrietta de Villa of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and COMELEC Commissioners Al Parreno and Floriana de Guia.
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