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PNP open to hiring former MILF members

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By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is open to hiring former members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), particularly after the Bangsamoro Organic Law be ratified in the plebiscite set for January 21 and February 6.

According to PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, this would hasten the commissioning process.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

He also said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will also be hiring former MILF rebels since the military is involved in security matters in Mindanao.
“Remember the whole part of Mindanao is under martial law so it’s the duty of the AFP even the hiring of qualified MILF members to the AFP, not to the PNP,” said Albayalde.

“However, we are also open to applicants provided that they qualify or meet the requirements,” he added.

Being a college graduate is one of the basic qualifications to enter the PNP, aside from height requirements and passing all the examinations.

The idea of MILF joining the police and the military came as a precedent to the 1995 peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) wherein some of its fighters were allowed to join the military.

Albayalde said the PNP will be involved partly in the decommissioning process for the MILF but it is more on the maintenance of the peace and order during the procedure.

More than 20,000 policemen are expected to be deployed in areas where the voting will be held. (Aaron Recuenco)

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