DND to help secure Bangsamoro gains

MANILA Source: BERNAMA (News AgencyThe Department of National Defense (DND) will do everything it can to secure the gains of the Bangsamoro people against all peace spoilers.

"We will ensure that there is a smooth transition from the current to the new BOL (Bangsamoro Organic Law) government. The Armed Forces (of the Philippines) will be assisting in the disarmament of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and help them transition from a life of fighting to life of peace," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in his speech at the National Defense College of the Philippines Alumni Forum Monday.

The defense chief also said the success of the first BOL plebiscite last Jan. 21 will operationalize the BOL and pave the way to a greater autonomy and self-governance, and provide more opportunities for long-sought peace and regional growth.

Another plebiscite for the BOL will be held on Wednesday in the province of Lanao del Norte, except Iligan City; the municipalities of Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pigcawayan, Pikit, and Tulunan in the province of North Cotabato and the 28 barangays to be included in the proposed region.

The military has deployed over 10,000 troops and support units to help secure the BOL plebiscite along with the Philippine National Police. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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