Zambo police strengthens security-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Saturday, October 5, 2013
THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology have strengthened security at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC) as 24 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels were transferred to the ZCRC for detention.
ZCRC Warden Julius Arro said the rebels were transferred Thursday to the BJMP detention facility from the San Ramon Prison and Penal Colony, which is administered by the justice department.
The rebels are those who surrendered last September 17 in the village of Mampang to former city police officer-in-charge Jose Chiquito Malayo at the height of the standoff.
The standoff started last September 9 when hundreds of MNLF rebels infiltrated this city through the shore of Rio Hondo village and in nearby villages.
Arro said they were transferred to the ZCRC for their safety. He did not elaborate except in saying the police authorities do not want to mix them to the more than 200 MNLF rebels who were captured at the height of the standoff.
He said they were detained altogether at one of the detention cells of the ZCRC to enable them to monitor and watch the group.
He said the MNLF surenderees are considered as among the high risk detainees, because of their participation in the standoff in this city.
The ZCRC now has a total of 74 high risk inmates with the transferred of the 24 MNLF surenderees.
Aside from strengthening security, Arro said he has requested for augmentation of personnel from the military or from the police to help them secure the ZCRC.