2013 siege flashes back as MNLF forces show up in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 January 2016 13:57

By BHONG SIMBAJON and DAN TORIBIO JR.

 

Terrifying scenes from the 2013 bloody siege flashed back as more than 100 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members surfaced Thursday in Zamboanga City amid police police and military alert.

Reports reaching the City Police Office disclosed that the MNLF members came from the neighboring provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur on their way to the wharf for a boat trip to Sulu to attend a general meeting of the organization.

The MNLF visitors had requested for a safe conduct pass from the AFP and PNP to allow them pass by and board a ferry for Jolo, Sulu tonight.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro said they have coordinated with Police Station 1 in Vitali to deploy sufficient police force, together with military units at the border in Licomo to strictly account and ensure that the MNLF members are un-armed and will not cause danger in the city when they pass by.

Task Group Zamboanga has deployed fully-armed troops with armored personnel carriers at the border early Thursdy morning to ensure military presence. The same troops escorted the MNLF members to the wharf  until they were able to board MV Bounty Star that was set to sail for Jolo last night.

Mayor BengClimaco called on Zamboangueños to stay calm and not to panic on the presence of 111 unarmedregular and active MNLF members.

Liver ove RMN Zamboanga’s Zambas Connection program, Climaco  said there was no reason to panic as the MNLF rebels were being escorted by police and military to the wharf.

Climaco assured the public that the situation was under control as she directed Joint Task Force ZAMBASULTA Commander Col. Demy Tejares and Sr/Supt. Angelito Casimiro to let sizable number of troops escort MNLF members.

The mayor also said she will personally keep track of the movement of the MNLF men.

“We appreciate the vigilance and alertness of the public in being conscious about these kind of situation. There is no cause for panic as our AFP and PNP personnel are on the ground and making sure that these forces will not create any disturbance or diversion in the city,” Climaco said. – Bhong Simbajon and Dan Toribio Jr./ /RMN News