For the police, no MILF community in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 March 2015 11:45

For City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito A. Casimiro, there is no such thing as  MILF community in Zamboanga City.

The city’s police chief was reacting to a news report that officials of Barangay Sta. Catalina have passed a resolution protesting the branding of their barangay as ‘MILF community” by the Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP).

“ Hindi yan totoo na may MILF commnuty dito sa Zamboanga. Yan ay negative word on record namin sa Zamboanga City Police... Walang MILF community dito”, Casimiro said in tagalog.

After graduating from the Philippine Military Academy in 1987, Casimiro was assigned in Zamboanga City with the defunct Regional Command 9 in the late 80s. He became an aide de camp  to the commander of Recom 9. \   As a young officer, he held the post of company commander and later became an intelligence officer of several Regional Directors of the Police Regional Office 9, making him very familiar of the terrain of Zamboanga City and the whole of Region 9.

Sta. Catalina Chairman Jimmy B. Villaflores said they had received a copy of a letter from Senen C. Bacani, a member of the Government Peace Negotiating Panel in the peace talk with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front dated March 4, 2015 addressed to Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco, stating among others the program of the  so-called Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program (SBP) which was accordingly approved by President Aquino and  Chairman Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim of the MILF.

The letter explained that SBP commits to deliver health, education and livelihood services to priority MILF communities and targeted individual beneficiaries that focus on quick gestation, high impact and social protection type of programs. For the Cash-for-work program, its implementation is in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the MILF Project Management Team (PMT).

Meanwhile, Casimiro said that Zamboanga City police are on full alert status as declared by Camp Crame and PRO 9.

“We continuously  keep our guard high  because the threat is still there. We have also re-alligned our security measures with the Joint Task Force Zamboanga. The Philippine Army are in the east coast and the First Marine Battalion Landing Team is in the west coast within the seven kilometer  radius. — Allen Abastillas