Aquino: No need for state emergency in Zamboanga

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday said that there is no need to place Zamboanga City under a state of emergency.

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“At this time, wala pa,” Aquino told reporters at the sidelines of the 7th Asean Navy Chief’s meeting.

The President said that the government’s priority for now is to ensure or enhance the safety of people in the area.

“I understand that there are two other groups of the MNLF who are could have already condemned what has been happening in Zamboanga City,” he said

“[Pero] ang priorities natin siyempre lahat itong mga potential na madamay itong mga sibilyan,” he added

President Aquino, on one hand, said that that the Philippine government has complied with obligations under 1996 peace pact with Moro Islamic Liberation Front  (MNLF).

MNLF Founding Chairman Nur Missuari, however, “seems unsatisfied,” he said.

“Parang, honestly and personally, parang ang dating sa akin kung minsan pagka hindi siya ang magiging pinuno ng kung anuman ang mangyayari sa ARMM [Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao], e hindi siya sang-ayon. So paano naman tayo magkakasundo kung ganun ang nangyari, di ba?,” he added

Meanwhile, Aquino said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is studying the possibility of filing charges against Misuari on his alleged role in Zamboanga attack.

“Mahirap mag-state categorically at this point in time na meron tayong mga kasong pwedeng i-file kay Nur Misuari dahil nga iyong evidence na magpapatunay na he engaged in such an activity is not yet present or at least is not apparent,” he said

“So ini-imbestigahan at matagal ng tinitingnan ng ating Department of Justice kung merong possibility of filing charges against Mr. Misuari,” he added. CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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