Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – September 30, 2022
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command is fully committed to travel the road to peace with the Bangsamoro people” – a part of the statement of Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. during the courtesy call of BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim on September 29, 2022.
Chief Minister Ebrahim visited the Western Mindanao Command based at Camp Navarro, Calarian, this city at 9 a.m. Thursday. Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. together with Joint Task Force Sulu Commander, Maj. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio; Joint Task Force Basilan Commander, Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway; WestMinCom’s Deputy Commander for External Defense Operations, Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas; Tactical Operations Wing Western Mindanao Commander, Brig. Gen. Dennis Estrella; Chief of Unified Command Staff, Col. Elmer Suderio; and the unified command staff received the distinguished visitor at the Laong Laan Hall of the command.
Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. further stated that the peace-inclined groups (MNLF/MILF) are already part of the government. He emphasized that these groups are the security sector’s partners in finding solutions to the decades-long aggression in Mindanao.
During the conference, the Assistant Chief of Unified Command Staff for Operations, Col. Jessie Montoya, highlighted the efforts of WestMinCom in support of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. Noteworthy is the participation of the command in the decommissioning phase of the normalization track by providing assistance during the safe and secured transport of firearms and MILF forces intended for decommissioning.
The command is also actively supporting the establishment of the different Joint Peace and Security Team (JPST) stations including the provision of personnel requirements, training of JPST, and construction of the JPST stations.
Moreover, the command and the AFP as a whole genuinely support the management of small arms and light weapons (SALW) which intends to address the proliferation of loose firearms in BARMM areas. The program was initiated by the Joint Normalization Committee of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU).
As a member of the National Task Force for the disbandment of Private Armed Groups (NTF-DPAGS) and in support of the PNP, shall support NTF-DPAGS’ campaign to curtail the emergence of private armed groups and the proliferation of loose firearms.
Chief Minister Ebrahim commended Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. and the entire team WestMinCom for supporting the normalization process in BARMM. “Together, we will surely achieve the desired change that we all want for the Bangsamoro people.”
During his visit to the command, Chief Minister Ebrahim was accompanied by Minister Mohagher Iqbal of the Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education; Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo of the Ministry of Interior and Local Government; Atty. Raissa Jajurie of the Ministry of Social Services and Development; Dr. Mohammad Yacob of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform; and Cabinet Secretary Mohd. Asnin Pendatun.