Troops clear 50% of ‘critical areas’ in Zambo-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Saturday, October 12, 2013
THE police and military forces undergoing clearing operations have already cleared almost 50 percent of the so-called “critical areas” in Zamboanga City, an official said.
The critical areas include the villages of Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, and Rio Hondo, the sites of the heavy fighting during the standoff.
The standoff started when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated the city through the shore of Rio Hondo and nearby villages last September 9.
Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca said that at least 1,756 structures like the government buildings, business establishments, and houses were cleared since the first day of the clearing operations until Friday.
The clearing operations started September 29, a day after the standoff was declared over.
Huesca said the clearing teams have recovered 338 unexploded munitions and 17 assorted high-power firearms.
He added that they have also recovered and processed through the Police Crime Laboratory a total of 158 cadavers since the first day of the standoff.
Huesca said that 46 of the 158 cadavers were recovered since the start of the clearing operations.