Posted by: Chuck | September 14, 2013

ZAMBOANGA CITY STILL UNDER SIEGE “UP DATE”


MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Interior Secretary Mar Rojas on Friday, September 13, told Rapper that the “credible feelers” government received last night from Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels have “evolved into some positive results this morning.”

In a text message to Rapper CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa shortly past 7 am, Roxas said: “There were some credible feelers last night. We were working on it and [they] evolved into some positive results early this morning.”

In an 8 am radio interview with Inquirer Radio, Roxas said there were negotiations with the rebels last night but he denied a Rappler report that between 70-80 already surrendered.

Police and sources from Barangay Sta Barbara told Rappler Thursday night, September 12 that between 70-80 followers of Nur Misuari surrendered to members of the Philippine National Police, the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) and the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime (PCTC) who was in Sta Barbara. The PAOCC and the PCTC are under the office of Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa.

“A certain member of MNLF under commander Ismael with white flag reached our position and negotiated their surrender. About 80 of them are armed and one is wounded,” the sources told us at around 8:30 pm Thursday.

The MNLF member who served as the coordinator identified himself as Paulo Casa. We were able to talk to him on the phone.

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