Lobregat convenes CPOC in wake of Basilan clash PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 October 2011 17:33

Mayor Celso Lobregat convened Saturday night the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) to assess the security measures in Zamboanga City, following the series of attacks on government troops by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in the provinces of Basilan and Zamboanga Sibugay last week.

“We wanted to make sure that our police and the military are on guard all the time. W also assessed the safety and security measure now in place throughout the city,” Lobregat, who chairs the CPOC, said. He, however, did not elaborate the details of the meeting, which was attended by top police and military officials in the region.
It will be recalled, 19 soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded Tuesday when MILF rebels ambushed the government troops in Al-Barka Basilan.

Last Friday, MILF rebels struck anew, this time in the municipalities of Kabasalan and Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay, killing 3 policemen and 3 soldiers while 7 others were wounded in the separate attacks. — Vic Larato