Moro fighters have to surrender arms, apply for entry into Bangsamoro police

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Al Haj Murad told ABS-CBN News in an exclusive interview that the Bangsamoro security force will be under the Philippine National Police, and MILF fighters will surrender their weapons once the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is in effect. They will also have to apply for entry into the PNP service.

“The Bangsamoro Government shall have primary responsibility over public order and safety within the Bangsamoro. There shall be cooperation and coordination between the Central Government and the Bangsamoro Government through the intergovernmental relations mechanism,” says in Article XI Section 1 of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Article XI Section 2 of BBL says “There is hereby created a Bangsamoro Police which shall be organized, maintained, supervised, and utilized for the primary purpose of law enforcement and maintenance of peace and order in the Bangsamoro. It shall be part of the Philippine National Police.”

Bangsamoro Police will “enforce laws enacted by the Congress and by the Bangsamoro Parliament relative to the protection of lives and properties of the people.”