CMC shortens curfew hours-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Thursday, October 17, 2013
THE Crisis Management Committee (CMC) has shortened the curfew hours being imposed since the start of the standoff in Zamboanga City last month.
Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who chairs the CMC, announced Thursday that the curfew hours have been shortened from six hours to four hours.
The curfew hours was reduced to four hours, which is from 12 midnight until 4 a.m., from the previous of six hours from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Salazar said the decision to shorten the curfew hours starting Thursday evening came in a meeting with the security forces, the business sector, and other concerned stakeholders.
“Earlier, the CMC met to discuss relevant issues and one of the proposals approve is the reduction of the curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. to 12 midnight to 4 a.m. citywide starting today,” Salazar said.
She said the imposition of the curfew will remain until the police and the military forces will give the necessary clearance to lift the curfew in this city.
The curfew, which was at first from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m., was imposed on the first day of the standoff to prevent the movements of lawless elements at night time and to ensure the protection of the civilians during the standoff.
The standoff started when soldiers blocked hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels from Basilan, Sulu, and Zamboanga Sibugay provinces from marching towards the city hall, where the rebels planned to hoist their flag to declare independence.
Salazar, meanwhile, advised the residents to stay calm but vigilant “as our military and police authorities are mobilized to guard schools, vital installations and other places of convergence and to foil attempts from lawless elements.”
On the other hand, she said City Planning Officer Engineer Rodrigo Sicat is taking the lead in the continuous search for temporary relocation sites for the families displaced by the standoff.