CAMP MACARIO PERALTA, JR. JAMINDAN, CAPIZ (8 September 2019) –  Around 300 short and long firearms, and several explosives are currently being inventoried here in the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, under the command of Major General Dinoh A. Dolina, by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in preparation for the upcoming disposition of arms and forces of the Rebolusyonaryong Partidong Manggagawa ng Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletariat Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade-Tabara Paduano-Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG).

The disposition of firearms of the RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG or KAPATIRAN is part of the agreements in the Clarificatory Implementing Document (CID) signed by the group and the Philippine Government in July 19, 2019 towards the completion of the commitments in the 2000 peace agreement.

The CID, which serves as the final and absolute settlement of the 2000 peace deal, has five components: Disposition of Arms and Forces (DAF) and Security Arrangements; Social and Economic Reintegration of the RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG/KAPATIRAN; Release of the remaining Alleged Political Offenders; Transformation of the RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG into a civilian organization engaging in socio-economic and political activities; and Community Peace Dividends.

“This undertaking is a testament to the commitment of the KAPATIRAN to continue their journey on the path of peace despite the challenges and the continuing threats to their security,” Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. said.

Also part of the preparatory work for the disposition of arms and forces of the RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG is the 45-day candidacy training for 267 personnel of the Community Defense Unit.

The launching of the disposition of arms and forces of RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG is scheduled between Sept. 16 and 18, 2019.

These activities come on the heels of the successful launching of the decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front last Sept. 7, which was attended by President Duterte, and saw the decommissioning of 1,060 combatants and 920 weapons.###