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Public advised not to panic but be vigilant

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City Hall yesterday advised residents not to panic but to always remain vigilant and alert amidst the numerous challenges besetting the city.

This, as some residents Wednesday expressed apprehensions in light of reports that military and police authorities intercepted members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in a van in checkpoints in Divisoria and Sangali.

Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Leonel Nicolas said movement of the MILF was coordinated through the CCH- the Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities and Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (CCCH-AHJAG) Chair BGen Donato.

“WE advise the public not to worry. This is a coordinated movement of the MILF through the CCCH-AHJAG,” the  military officer said.

Based on Task Force Zamboanga reports, the checkpoints in Divisoria and Sangali manned by the Marines and Police intercepted 8 vans loaded with 75 MILF members (8 females, 2 male minors 65 males) enroute to Basilan at around 6:30am Wednesday.

The group, according to TFZ Chief Col. Leonel Nicolas came from Central Mindanao for General Assembly per coordination with the Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities and Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (CCCH-AHJAG) Chair BGen Donato.

Nicolas said the said checkpoints conducted individual profiling to check the identities of the 75 personalities then escorted them towards the Zamboanga City pier for their return trip to Basilan.

He added that no uniforms and firearms were seen inside the van. (Sheila Covarrbuias/PR)




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