MNLF abducts Zamboanga police chief-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated 3:30 p.m.) -- The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels who have been holed up in some coastal villages here with some civilian hostages seized Tuesday the city police chief.
Now declared as MNLF's prisoner of war is Zamboanga City Police Director Jose Chiquito Malayo, who was seized in Barangay Mampang, said Sun.Star correspondent Bong Garcia.
Garcia said that based on reports, Malayo was confirmed abducted in Mampang, a coastal area in this city, after he went there following reports that a Moro rebel was arrested in the area.
Malayo was with his driver and another policeman when the MNLF rebels attacked them. Government forces were stationed far from the area when the attack happened. Some residents said they heard bursts of gunfire.
Officials in this city could not confirm yet if Malayo’s companions were also seized.
Barangay Mampang, a free zone, was the MNLF rebels’ entry point to this city when they planned to march to the Zamboanga City hall to supposedly hoist their flag there last September 9. Soldiers blocked them, resulting in the standoff.
With Malayo now in the rebels’ custody, the MNLF is claiming it now has a prisoner of war that now warrants an international intervention.
The MNLF earlier demanded for an international mediation to end the conflict, which entered its ninth day Tuesday, September 17. (Sunnex/With Bong Garcia)