Aquino orders inquiry why Misuari's men not running out of ammo-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has asked for an inquiry to determine why the armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under Nur Misuari still have resources to wage battle after almost two weeks of fighting, a Palace official said Friday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that while the government did not set a timetable to end the Zamboanga City standoff, the security forces will continue to push forward until all the hostages of the MNLF fighters were freed.
She said that the government forces will continue to constrict the movements of the armed group.
"The President has also asked to check, to look into reports (why) the supply (of ammunition) continues or why they (MNLF) fighters were not running out of supply? He has asked some officials to look into that as well," Valte said.
The military and the police have also started clearing operations and have requested for the assistance of barangay officials to determine the identity of people staying in evacuation centers to make sure that no rebels were among those present in temporary shelters.
Asked if the President’s presence in Zamboanga was a sign for the immediate conclusion of the standoff, Valte said his presence was a manifestation of the President’s resolve to be with the residents until the crisis is over.
"The President’s presence there is testament really to his statement to the people of Zamboanga City that we will not leave you, we're here to extend everything that the government can," she said.
Valte also said that Aquino reminded the security agencies to ensure that there will be no spillover of the Zamboanga conflict to other areas in the country, including Metro Manila.
"Well, certainly we don't want that incident to happen not just in Mindanao but in any other place in the country, which is why we've take measures to ensure just that upon the instructions of the President," she said.
Asked if there was a possibility of sleeper cells that could have entered Metro Manila, Valte said she was not in the position to discuss that. (SDR/Sunnex)