ZAMBOANGA City Government stands firm to its decision to pursue its cases against Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari and his followers in connection with the 2013 siege.
This despite if President Rodrigo Duterte pushes through with his planned meeting with Misuari to matters on peace here in Mindanao.
City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon Jr. reiterated at the planned Duterte-Misuari meeting won’t affect this city stand even as he made clear that the City Government respects the actions of the President in trying to find peace in Mindanao “but we also have to follow the rule of law.”
“While we respect the actions of the President, we ought to follow the rule of law. So, it will not affect our stand as far as the criminal cases pending in Pasig are concerned,” Carbon said.
In fact, Carbon added, the last time he appeared at the Pasig court he reiterated and emphasized strongly the stand of the city represented by Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and the latest resolution of the City Council to find means to really have the cases on trial.
Misuari and several of his men are facing charges for violation of the International Humanitarian Law and other crimes in connection with the 21-day September 2013 siege.
The siege started on September 9, 2013 after hundreds of MNLF followers infiltrated and laid siege in at least four villages in the city.