Military says no threat by Misuari supporters in Davao region

Subscribe Now September 10, 2013 at 08:42am

The military said they have not monitored any threat that may come from possible supporters of Nur Misuari in the Davao region amid claims by the Moro National Liberation Front they have "10,000 more men" outside Zamboanga Peninsula ready to reinforce their "25,000 men" scattered in the said region.

“There is no imminent threat or danger monitored as of this report. Everybody is hoping for peace in the region,” Maj. Jake Obligado, spokesperson of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said.

Obligado said local chief executives in the division’s area of responsibility are in close coordination with leaders of the MNLF to make sure the situation remains normal.

He said Governor Corazon Malanyaon of Davao Oriental said the provincial government is in frequent dialogue with local MNLF leaders.

“There is normalcy in the situation. Everybody is peacefully living and they want to continue with their daily business, livelihood and community activities,” Obligado said, quoting Malanyaon as saying.

“They have affinity in the place and they are peace loving,” Malanyaon added.

“Gov. Arturo Uy of Compostela Valley Province, likewise, mentioned that he is in close coordination with the MNLF leaders of his area,” Obligados said.

“The situation is normal,” Obligado said, quoting Uy as saying.

Obligaod said Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is conducting dialogue with MNLF leaders in order to ensure that peace and normalcy will remain in the city.

“In the province of Sarangani, a dialogue between the MNLF leaders and the local chief executives, the military and PNP units is scheduled this Wednesday 9 a.m. in order to tackle the same agenda,” Obligados said.

This security check in southern Mindanao came in the heels of MNLF intrusion in at least 7 barangays (villages) in Zamboanga City that resulted in clashes between government troops and a faction of the MNLF, leaving 6 people dead and 25 others injured.

According to City Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, the fatalities include a Navy personnel, a policeman and four civilians who were summarily executed by the rebels.

The military said some 300 civilians were taken hostage by some 400 rebels who were in a standoff with government forces.

Salazar said the MNLF rebels had planned to seize control of the city hall but was foiled by the military and police.


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