Friday, 15 February 2013 14:59
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder and chairman Nur Misuari has officially certified "Camp Said Yusop" occupied by the 2nd Division National Mobile Army based in Barangay Dita, this city, as an MNLF camp.
In his letter to Barangay chairman of Dita Sarabi A. Husin dated February 12, 2013, Misuari confirmed the existence of the MNLF camp in the barangay.
Misuari also informed the military and police authorities for recognition of the MNLF camp in Zamboanga City.
But Mayor Celso Lobregat has expressed his opposition on the claim of the MNLF chairman through his letter addressed to the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) commander Lt. General Rey Ardo and Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9) regional director Chief Supt. Juanito Vano Jr.
Lobregat, in his letter to Dita barangay chairman, informed the village chief that there is no existing MNLF or Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camp in the city.
The mayor questioned the existence of the Bansangmoro Armed Group in the area pointing out the violation on the implementation of the Commission on Election (Comelec) gun ban which only authorizes the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).
Lobregat plans to write the Office of the Presidential Adviser of the Peace Process (OPAAP) headed by Secretary Teresita Deles.
It will be recalled that in November 2001, the MNLF forces based in Barangay Cabatangan, this city, was driven out by the military and police troops during the two-day siege.
By Eugene A. Lasprilla