Military probes looting yarn vs soldiers at ‘ground zero’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 October 2013 11:03

The Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has created a Board of Inquiry (BOI) tasked to look into the alleged involvement of military personnel in looting incidents during the mopping-up and clearing operations in the areas affected by the humanitarian conflict in Zamboanga City.

Lt. Gen. Rey Ardo, WestMinCom commander, in a letter dated Oct. 12 informed Mayor Beng Climaco that the BOI composed of Commands Inspector General, Judge Advocate and ACUCS for Inte, U2 will investigate the allegations.

Gen. Ardo assured the lady chief executive that she will be furnished with a comprehensive report on the investigation.

It can be recalled that at the height of the military’s clearing operations at ground zero, referring to the conflict areas in barangays Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Kasanyangan, Rio Hondo and Mariki, the affected residents had complained that their houses were burglarized.

Unconfirmed reports showed that soldiers carrying out the clearing operations were responsible for the looting incidents.

Thus, Mayor Climaco wrote Gen. Ardo to investigate the report in a bid to clearing the military organization of wrong doings and punish those responsible, if found guilty of the charges. — Vic Larato