Ceasefire between PH-MILF holding

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2012 04:19 PM | Updated as of Jun 21 2012 04:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The ceasefire between the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is holding, peace panel chair Marvic Leonen said.

He said there has been no armed skirmishes in the south between the two parties after October 2011, when the fateful Al-Barka, Basilan incident happened whereby 19 soldiers died.

“There was no spill-over of the incident,” Leonen said.

He said there were a number of skirmishes but only between feuding families, law enforcers and lawless groups.

He said the improvement is due to proper coordination of the Joint Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) of the GPH and the MILF.

Leonen said the CCCH and the recently activated Ad Hoc Joint Action Group need to coordinate in running after these criminal activities in MILF-controlled areas.

Zero skirmishes

He claimed there are eight armed skirmishes in 2011 from 11 the previous year. To date, there are no recorded criminal incidents.

The highest number was recorded in 2002, with 698.

Leonen said the numbers that reflect the improvements on the ground have been complemented by national and international studies.

According to the 2012 Global Peace Index, the Philippines is among the top five nations that registered “improvements in peacefulness.” Joining it are Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, and Guyana.