Gov’t, MILF sign protocol of cooperation vs illegal drugs » Manila Bulletin News

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By Antonio L. Colina IV

DAVAO CITY — The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed on Friday a protocol of cooperation on the anti-illegal drugs campaign in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and some other parts of Mindanao.

Shabu (Manila Bulletin file photo)

  The signing of the agreement highlighted the 4th Consultative Meeting to Address Drugs, Criminality and Corruption at a hotel here, graced by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy.

In the 15-page document, the MILF said it recognized the ill effects of illegal drugs and the rampant trading of shabu in the Bangsamoro and declared “the use, sale and proliferation of shabu as ‘haram’ and prohibited in Islam.”

The agreement sets the cooperation and coordination mechanism between government and the MILF forces in addressing the drug menace in the ARMM and other parts of Mindanao where Bangsamoro communities exist.

Cuy welcomed the signing of the agreement, saying the protocol will provide procedures and integrate efforts of the government and MILF in anti-illegal drug operations.

On the protocol on prior coordination, the government agencies that will conduct anti-illegal drug operations in MILF areas “shall inform not less than 24 hours prior to the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations, the GPH-AHJAG (government-Ad Hoc Joint Action Group).”

The Join AHJAG “shall then inform the GPH-MILF CCCH (Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities in order to avoid misencounter between the GPH and  MILF forces.”

The protocol also provides, among others, the general guidelines, operational procedures, implementation of search warrant, and citizens’ arrest made by MILF.

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