Gunbattle sites become tourist attraction — DOT PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 October 2013 15:05

The sites of gunbattles between government forces and MNLF rebels in Barangay Sta. Catalina, Rio  Hondo and Sta. Barbara are becoming tourist attraction for local and foreign tourists, according to Tourism Regional Director Mary June Bugante.

Bugante said that some Canadian and Korean tourists and visitors from Zamboanga Peninsula and other cities in the country want to go to the three barangays for photo souvenirs.

She revealed that many tourists have been calling and visiting her office asking for information about the gunbattle sites and on where and how to go to Sumatra, Talon-Talon where the rebels had put up  camp and where heavy firefights took place during the crisis.

One tourist told Director Bugante that they want to go to Sumatra because they found out through internet (Google) it has beautiful white sand beach. Other tourists have been having photo opportunities with the military vehicles and the sodiers in the Fort Pilar vicinities.

Some tourists also called his office because they want to go to Sta. Cruz island.

Bugante said that as of the moment she cannot give a go-signal to tourists to visit the critical areas because policemen and soldiers are still conducting clearing operations in those places. The coastal areas of the three barangays going to Talon-Talon, Arena Blanco are not yet open to the public because of naval blockade by the Philippine Navy. — Allen Abastillas