Misuari claims Barangay Dita as MNLF camp


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

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+2 #2 jack 2013-02-16 07:38
Mr. Fabian, the public want's to know your reaction and comments regarding the arrogant moved by mr. Missuari? Declaring Dita as MNLF camp, since one of your campaigned promised is to fight for exclusion of Zamboanga on the proposed Bangsamoro state and Dita is part of Zambanga. This are the key issue that you to react since this is related to your campaign agenda. You need to be consistent and support your campaign agenda to show that you are sincere and mean business, When you said I 'll fight for Zamboanga, if I may add, even if You loss the election.... That would be a true statesmanship.. ... Words with no action, empty words, its just like bird that has no wing to fly.... Walk the talk ..... Good luck...We need the comment of ms. Climaco as well because this is a serious issue, INVASION.... Good luck...
+2 #1 jack 2013-02-16 06:56
This is a serious issue that needs to be address by the office of the president, because, apparently this was brought about by the recent peace accord by the Government and MILF. The BFA is still in it's initial phase, the MNLF group are showing it's power. Aparrently, they just pick up a location, that is not even covered under the BFA location agreement, and declare the area " MNLF CAMP ." The national government and authorities concerned should not allow such arrogant moved the MNLF group under the leadership of mr. Missuari, not only because it's absolutely wrong but primary because it would be a extremely dangerous precedent. If the authorities concerned would recognized and allow the MNLF group to set camp in Dita, soon other disgruntled Moro faction would set camp anywhere they desire. Even at your backyard. This is scary scenario..... Thanks to mr. Aquino... he will definitely will be elected for another term courtesy of the Muslim populace.... Asamalaycum. PEACE..

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