• MILF Zambo HQ stopped

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Authorities stopped a group of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members from constructing a political headquarters in Zamboanga City after villagers panicked and informed the police and military about it.

    A small group of the International Monitoring Team led by a Malaysian contingent and the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group also rushed to the city to defuse the tension.

    Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar of Zamboanga City was also shocked to hear the news about the building of a MILF headquarters in the village of Cawit and worked to stop its construction.

    The head of the Malaysian peace monitor Colonel Zulkipli Hashim and former rebel-turned-soldier Major Abdurasad Sirajan of the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group held a dialogue with the MILF headed by Jusali Musali to explain to him that they cannot put up a political office in Zamboanga City, which is not even included in the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement signed in October 2012.

    The accord paves the way for the establishment of a new Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao.

    Musali apologized for their action and ordered workers to stop the building of the political office. He said his action was unilateral and not sanctioned by the MILF Central Committee.

    Manila is currently negotiating peace with the MILF, the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, in an effort to forge a deal that would put an end to decades of bloody fighting in Mindanao.

    Al Jacinto

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