Friday, March 4, 2016

Monitoring team heads to Mindanao tomorrow

The International Monitoring Team-Mindanao (TPA-M11) is expected to leave for Mindanao, the Philippines, tomorrow to continue the task of monitoring and supervising the truce between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  The TPA-M11 this time, led by Maj-Gen Zamrose Mohd Zain, will replace the TPA-M10 which had been on duty since March 14 last year and will end its duty on March 14 this year. Royal Malaysian air force (RMAF) chief Gen Roslan Saad said the mission was a continuation in fulfilling the aspiration of the Philippine government and the agreement of the Malaysian government to send a monitoring team for a period of 12 months. "The team this time comprises 16 members with 11 of them from the Malaysian armed forces, two from the police (PDRM) while three are civil servants from the Defence Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry," he said in a speech read by armed forces chief Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin at Wisma Transit today. Roslan said the team's operations were divided into two with the first team led by Zamrose and four officers leaving for Mindanao on a commercial flight for the taking-over process tomorrow while the main team would leave on a RMAF Hercules C-130 aircraft on March 13. The four areas under the jurisdiction of the TPA-M11 are Catabato City, Illigan City, Zamboanga City and General Santos City. – Bernama, March 5, 2016.]]>

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