From Mindanao Newsbits section of the Manila Bulletin (May 16): Maximum security
CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – The 4th Infantry Division, the largest Army division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Mindanao, had established “maximum security,” a new camp regulation adopted to eliminate “possible security breach” involving sensitive facilities inside the camp.
The 4th ID has three infantry brigades – the 401st in Surigao provinces, 402nd in Agusan provinces and 403rd in Misamis and Bukidnon provinces and several other operational control (Opcon) units including tactical operations group deployed at various areas in Northeastern and Northern Mindanao regions.
The government and MNLF, represented by MNLF Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari, signed in 1996 the final peace accord with hope that the agreement will bring peace and development in Southern Philippines.
“A Mu’min (believer) should not be bitten twice by the same snake coming from the same hole,” said Ustadz Akman Abtahi, President of Al-Hiqma Learning Institute and Chairman of Purok Bangsamoro in Barangay Calumpang, General Santos City, during the Muslim Leaders Consultative Dialogue/Forum on April 8, 2014 at Mindanao State University- Gensan.
Abtahi pointed out that for the Muslims, an agreement is indeed sacred and it deserves respect and “must be implemented.”
Imam Jimmy Ubpon, President of General Santos City Council of Imams, further stressed the need to adhere to an agreement for Muslims consider it sacred.
Abtahi added, “What will happen if the Bangsamoro peace agreement won’t be implemented? I do not want to predict.”
“Is there a guarantee that the draft basic law will still be 100% intact after it will be scrutinized by Congress?” he asked. “How will the MILF react if they will not be satisfied?” he further asked.
“Actually there are no changes in the process now compared with the MNLF deal,” he recalled.
He said the government has three branches, executive, legislative and judiciary which he suggested should have representatives that had constituted the GPH Peace Panel “so that there will be no more question.”
“We should have also looked at that matter unlike now, only the executive entered into agreement with the Bangsamoro,” he elaborated.