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Freed MNLFs remain under watch vs putting up camps

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Military and police authorities in the region are continuously monitoring the whereabouts and activities of 96 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members, who were recently ordered released from Taguig jail by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 158 in Pasay City.

Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. General Arnel dela Vega made the assurance during the regular quarterly meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) for Zamboanga Peninsula yesterday, following concerns by local government units that the presence of released MNLFs might bolster earlier attempts by certain forces to establish their camps in areas they claim their communities like in Zamboanga City.

“We are not to be complacent. First, we profiled them then monitor their whereabouts and render progress reports of their activities to prevent them do unlawful act,” Gen. dela Vega said.

“They are welcomed to places they wish to go to and live there as residents but never for them to establish their camps,” the general told RPOC9 chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco, who raised the issue on the release of MNLFs accused of involvement in the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

Gen. dela Verga further said under the peace agreement the MNLF and/or the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) are not authorized to set up camps in Zamboanga City and other localities outside their recognized territories in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

He told the local chief executives in their region to file protest letters to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) if there are violations of the peace agreement on the ground like putting up of camps or communities by either the MNLF or MILF.

WesMinCom record showed there were 97 MNLFs ordered by the court released from jail last Monday. Of the total, 45 were sent to Basilan, 32 to Jolo, 12 in Zamboanga City, the others were sent to Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

Earlier, the City Legal Office said 96 MNLFs in the Zamboanga siege were released by the court as a result of the plea bargaining agreement between the accused MNLFs and the Department of Justice despite objection of the city government being the main complainant.-(Vic Larato)