MILF members stopped at Divisoria checkpoint PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:33

By Dan Toribio

A group of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members who arrived on board public utility vans were held at a Marines checkpoint in Barangay Divisoria for proper profiling yesterday morning.

The men, who introduced themselves as residents of  Basilan Province, reportedly came from Maguindanao where they attended a two-day forum on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The men were on their way to the Zamboanga seaport en route to Basilan when they were stopped at the checkpoint.

In an interview, the men told Daily Zamboanga Times that they left Basilan province last Sunday and proceeded to Sultan Kudarat to attend a BBL forum.

After the BBL forum that took place last Monday and Tuesday, they boarded the vans to travel back to Zamboanga City to take a Ro-Ro vessel to Basilan.

The men, however, were stopped upon reaching the checkpoint in Barangay Divisoria.

The men said that they were merely passing by the city en route to their home province of Basilan.

Majority were adult males with a few women and minors.

Lawmen also inspected their vehicles but found no weapons and contraband items.

After the profiling, they were escorted by Marine soldiers and policemen to the port area until they boarded the Ro-Ro vessel bound for Basilan.  (Dan Toribio)