LTO-9 wouldn’t open as road still closed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 October 2013 11:36

The Land Transportation Office-9 was not able to open its office in Sta. Barbara  yesterday morning.

. LTO-9 Director Aminola P. Abaton on Tuesday said that his office was set to open yesterday, but the road going to LTO-9 was still closed by the military because of the ongoing clearing operations in the areas of conflict.

The LTO-9 location is where the first exchange of gunfire on September 9 between government forces and MNLF rebels after the sea skirmish in Rio Hondo involving Navy commandos.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Sunday that there will be clearing operations by police and military in the areas of conflict that will take place in 14 days.

The area in Sta. Barbara still looks like a ghost town.

Abaton thanked the government forces because the LTO-9 building was not destroyed during the series of firefights. Rebels had penetrated the Barangay Hall and the mosque which are just beside the LTO-9.

Four security guards securing the LTO-9 building were commended by Abaton for act of bravery in not abandoning the building.

Abaton hopes his office will open on Monday with flag-raising ceremony when the  government forces will open the road for the public. — Allen Abastillas