A “localize” ceasefire is in place to pave the way for a dialogue between the government and the “Misuari-faction” of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels as the standoff enters the fifth day, Friday.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who chairs the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), announced Friday that the localize ceasefire took effect shortly before midnight Thursday.
Salazar said the ceasefire is aimed to pave the way for the negotiations for the safe release of the more or less 100 hostages in the hands of the MNLF rebels led by Habier Malik as well as to peacefully solve the standoff.
The standoff started Monday when hundreds of rebels led by Malik infiltrated Zamboanga City through the shores of Barangay Rio Hondo and nearby barangays. PNA