A ceremony was yesterday held at the Bolkiah Garrison to witness the flag hand over to personnel of the 18th International Monitoring Team Mindanao Negara Brunei Darussalam (IMT-M NBD) and the 4th Independent Decommissioning Body Verification, Monitoring, and Assistance Team (IDB VMAT) in Mindanao, Philippines.
Acting Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) cum guest of honour Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Abdul Kadir presented the flag to Commander Md Zouhdy bin Haji Abdul Razak, RBN as the 18th IMT-M NBD delegation head, and Lieutenant Colonel Hairin bin Japar as the 4th IDB VMAT delegation head.
Brunei Darussalam is deploying five RBAF officers and one Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) officer to the 18th IMT-M NBD, along with four RBAF officers to the 4th IDB VMAT in Mindanao.
As part of regional cooperation, the Sultanate will continue to provide assistance to ensure the neighbouring state’s peace and stability. These missions are held to oversee the ceasefire agreement between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), as well as the process of decommissioning the MILF’s forces and weapons.
Deputy Commissioner of Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) Sulaiman bin Alidin, deputy service commanders, directors and commandants, defence attaché of the Philippines and Malaysia, as well as Ministry of Foreign Affairs representatives also attended.