Climaco reiterates: No to MNLF presence in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 February 2016 10:59

Mayor Beng Climaco reiterated yesterday her policy that does not allow the presence of any Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members in Zamboanga City, especially if they are carrying firearms.

“I want to make it clear that the city of Zamboanga will and does not tolerate the presence of MNLFs, particularly if they are armed,” Climaco said when interviewed during the turnover of command ceremony at the 9th Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-9) headquarters in Barangay Cabatangan.

The chief executive issued the statement anew following the incident weeks ago when MNLF members from neighboring provinces came over to the city on their way to attend an event or assembly in Sulu.

She said the local police and military authorities had to “escort” the MNLFs from the boundary in the east coast to the port where they boarded a boat bound for Jolo, Sulu.

“Ta sale kita pa ta dale kanila proteccion para entra na ciudad de Zamboanga although claro man gayod bajo na constitution hende kita pwede privini con el persona man travel,” the mayor said, explaining that the constitution allows people the freedom to travel and of movement.

C   limaco turned her ire on the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) instead, saying the OPAPP should coordinate and/or inform the local government units (LGUs) with regard to the presence and/or activity of either the MNLF or the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

She further said OPAPP should have come up with a policy “because it’s really confusing to us, we were the ones that suffered from the MNLF attack and no one is serving the arrest warrant of Nur Misuari in Sulu.

She lamented the OPAPP has not been doing its job and “it should be abolished.”

Climaco also appealed to the people of Zamboanga not to panic if they see any augmentation or movement of troops.

“We assure you that we have prepared contingencies and security measures are in place,” she added. — Vic Larato