City Hall to bring MNLF camp issue to Malacañang Print
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 17:37

The Zamboanga local government plans to bring to Malacañang’s attention the issue on  the reported establishment of camps by groups affiliated with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga city.

This after authorities demolished a camp in Anuling said to be established by the MNLF.

Jawo Jimenez, City Hall Spokesperson, said that the City Legal Office is currently drafting a letter addressed to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and the MNLF to bring the issue to their attention.

The letter also intends to ask about particular sanctions to be faced by the MNLF once they establish camps in the city.

The Ad Hoc Joint Action Group or AHJAG  has already declared this action illegal, according to Jimenez.

“Similar activity done in the past.. these are illegal aside from informing individuals to cease from future attempts to disrupt security in Zamboanga City, ”   Jimenez stressed.

From the very beginning, the city of Zamboanga has already voiced their opposition on the establishments of MNLF camps  and the presence of their armed members, Jimenez added.

Jimenez appealed to the public to inform the government of any attempts by the MNLF to establish another camp in the city.

Camps have been intermittently set up by groups affiliated with the MNLF in some areas of the west coast after the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

Last Sunday, the Task Force Zamboanga  ,together with police, demolished another camp in Sitio Anuling said to be established by the MNLF.

11th IB Commander Lt. Col. Rolly Gomez said that the camps were allegedly constructed in a private property owned by a certain Abdulagid Muti.

The military will check if the said lot in the area is titled.

An MNLF tarpaulin was placed but after a dialogue with two MNLF leaders, identified as Naser Asdali and Abduladjid Muti, the two groups agreed to demolish the camp. (RGAAGo)