Rebels surrender as standoff nears its end
Some 15 Moro National Liberation Front rebels surrendered on Thursday in one of two barangays in Zamboanga City where the standoff has occurred even as the Armed Forces of the Philippines said that the standoff is nearing its end.
In the report of RH 19 Jun Dimacutac, 15 rebels surrendered just before dawn in Brgy. Sta Catalina.
The rebels said that they decided to surrender as shortage in food and ammunition are derailing their drive.
Zamboanga City officials were glad with the surrender of the rebels but the AFP said that the clearing operations will continue until the MNLF presence in the city is gone.
Though more rebels are submitting themselves to the government troops, Ustad Habier Malik, one of the high ranking officials of the MNLF that led the rebels to the city has yet to be captured.
AFP spokesman Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr. believes that Malik and the remaining rebels are hiding in Barangay Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina.
According to Tutaan, the rebels went to hiding to escape from the soldiers while the others are surrendering themselves.
In the latest report of the AFP, the situation in Zamboanga is getting better.
On the other hand, Deputy Chief for Operations Police Director Felipe Rojas Jr. said his office already ordered the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to coordinate with the Department of Justice to investigate what possible charges could be filed against the rebels
The Local Crisis Management Committee recommended the move that assessed the situation after the attack launched by MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari’s men. (with Chris Capulso)
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