City Government stops establishment of MNLF camp

MAYOR Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Monday, May 7, that Zamboanga City does not recognize any camps except those established by legitimate security forces like the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Salazar's statement came following reports that certain individuals have attempted to set up a Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) camp over the weekend in Sitio Anuling, Barangay Pamucutan, Zamboanga City.

Task Force Zamboanga and PNP personnel conducted a dialogue with alleged MNLF members. The signage was then dismantled without resistance from the group.

The concerned group was informed that the City Government does not allow the setting up of such camps.

Salazar has called on the residents to remain vigilant and to immediately report the presence of suspicious individuals and help stop the establishment of MNLF camps in any part of the city.

Salazar said the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group has declared the action as illegal and has informed the group to cease from future attempts to disrupt security in Zamboanga City.

"We -- Christians, Moslems and Lumads -- all belong to one Republic of the Philippines," she said. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)


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