AHJAGAd Hoc Joint Action Group (Phillipines)
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In the remainder of this article, we will refer to these as 1) the 'core' MILF, or the central leadership and top commanders within the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), but also in the CCCH and AHJAG; 2) a diverse set of local strongmen/MILF commanders, who pay varying degrees of allegiance and loyalty to this core MILF but above all are tied to a socio-political landscape defined by kinship affiliation; and 3) a group of CSOs.
He said the AHJAG mechanism, created to oversee the ongoing ceasefire agreement between the biggest Moro insurgent group in the country and the government, would be used in the conduct of operations to avoid miscommunication and miscoordination that might lead to violent incidents on the ground.
Established in 2002, but activated in 2005, the Ahjag played a crucial role in the apprehension of a number of criminal elements mainly in the areas where the Milf operates.
General Manolito Orense, chair of the GPH AHJAG and deputy commander of 6th Infantry Division expressed optimism that peace can be achieved in Mindanao as long as everyone shares in the endeavor.
The AHJAG's mandate is to coordinate and monitor actions among the armed forces, police, and Milf to ensure that law enforcement operations against criminal elements within Milf areas are effectively conducted without jeopardising the ceasefire between the government and the Milf.
AHJAG, comprising representatives from the MILF, the Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police and supervised by the joint Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH), helps security authorities maintain law and order in far-flung areas, resolve complaints against ceasefire violations and secure kidnap victims.
Ahjag and CCCH were created to monitor and protect a truce between the government and MILF forces.
The mission planning of Oplan Exodus was defective due to: (1) poor analysis of the area of operation; (2) unrealistic assumptions; (3) poor intelligence estimate; (4) absence of abort criteria; (5) lack of flexibility in its CONOPS; (6) inappropriate application of TOT; and (7) absence of prior coordination with the AFP and AHJAG.
This can be done through the existing mechanisms of the peace process such as the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) and the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH),' the group further said.
The AFP stressed that appropriate coordination has been made with Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) for the continuous conduct of law enforcement operations in the area.