Zambo stands firm in legal battle vs MNLF PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:59

By VIC LARATO

The city government of Zamboanga remains firm in its legal battle for justice against Nur Misuari’s faction in the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that attacked this city in September 2013.

Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde in an interview yesterday withheld any comments on presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte’s statement during the campaign period that he was going to grant Misuari immunity from suit.

“At this point in time, it’s too premature to react on the matter. We will wait until the (incoming) president officially assumes office and make such declaration,” Iturralde stressed.

As far as the city government of Zamboanga is concerned, the reelected vice mayor said “We stand by our position for justice to take its course.”

“We will fight until justice is served to the people of Zamboanga,” Iturralde declared when asked until when the city will keep its fight.

To recall, the city government has filed rebellion charges and violations of the International Humanitarian Law in court against Misuari and more than 200 of his followers in connection with the 2013 siege.

Subsequently, the court has issued a warrant for Misuari’s arrest but he remains free to this time in Sulu, while his followers are incarcerated in Taguig jail pending trial of the charges against them.— Vic Larato