Iturralde hits OPAPP, calls Pnoy to solve MNLF woes PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:25

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde has appealed to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, to immediately find political solutions to end the Moro insurgency in Mindanao, to avoid a recurrence of a similar crisis that lately hit Zamboanga City.

This, following the city’s current burden of recovering from last September 9’s attack by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari faction that killed scores of rebels, along with 25 government troops, a dozen of civilians and rendered thousands of residents from five affected barangays homeless.

“We cannot afford to have a repeat of the same attack that practically rendered the whole city psychologically and economically, hostaged and paralyzed,” Iturralde said.

Iturralde said he is sounding this message to PNoy (Aquino) as the government is about to seal a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which is the very reason for theMisuari-led group to partially invade Zamboanga City.

“This is a situation where Zamboanga City is seemingly sacrificed for the mistakes of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), in dealing with the whole process of peace program of the administration,” Iturralde lamented.

The vice mayor believes that “the city could have been spared from this kind of atrocities, had OPAPP conducted the peace process on a holistic approach”.

The City Council’s presiding officer is also hoping that after the government shall have signed the new peace accord with the MILF, Malacañang will immediately, start to revisit some unimplemented provisions of the 1996 GRP-MNLF peace agreement that obviously drove Misuari and his MNLF followers to lay siege and wrought havoc to this once economically progressive city in Western Mindanao. — Philip Abuy