09 February 2023

The situation involving a platoon of the Army’s Special Forces in Maguing, Lanao del Sur has been resolved by the parties following the intervention of the joint peace mechanisms, specifically the Joint Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) in the area on Wednesday, February 8.
It was a simple case of miscommunication between a platoon of Army Special Forces under the 4th Infantry Division passing through the area of Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (MILF-BIAF) during an operation against the communist New People’s Army.

To ensure the safety of the AFP troops, the MILF-BIAF provided the troopers a safe space to spend the night on February 7 and to effect the established procedures with the joint ceasefire mechanisms.

The members of the Army platoon safely returned to their home base after the situation was peacefully settled.

This is another testament of the parties’ high regard to the peace process and their tolerance that prevented possible untoward incident to happen despite the problem in communication due to poor signal in the area.

The deep understanding of the peace process and ceasefire guidelines was instrumental for its swift resolution. ###