Zamboanga siege cost taxpayers P150M

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spent at least P150 million for military operation during the three-week siege of Zamboanga City by members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

AFP vice chief of staff Lt. Gen.Alan Luga disclosed on Tuesday that more than 50 percent of the said amount went to fuel expenses and maintenance of the military’s C-130 aircraft while the rest were spent for food, medicines and hospitalization of soldiers.

“P150 million plus is our initial computation [as of today]. It was spent on fuel, food, medicine and hospitalization,” he explained.

He pointed out that the cost of bullets and other war materiel used by soldiers during the 21-day operation were not yet included in the computation and as well as the amount being spent in the ongoing clearing and mopping operations.


“It would still go up because the operation is not yet  over. There are others that have not yet been factored in,”  Luga said.

Earlier, Luga was quoted saying that P394 million was spent in the Zamboanga campaign.

But a re-computation, he explained, showed that it was about 50 percent only or P150 million has actually been spent  because the cost of bullets and other materiel were included in the first computation.

Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander, Seventh Civil Military Operations Group, had earlier explained that the more or less P300 million was spent for ordnance for the use of the entire 125,000-strong AFP.

“It was for the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines, not just for Zamboanga City,” Cabunoc pointed out.

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  1. Sus nag reklamo pa ang AFP eh Kung Hindi kayo Palpak at yan PNP and NICA eh Hindi mangyari yan at dahil sa kapabayaan nyo nangyari yan. At bakit wala man Lang alam ang AFP/PNP/NICA since January 2013 nag stockpile ng mga Armas at Ammo ang MNLF dyan sa Sta Catalina Area, Zambo City hanggang sa pag atake ng MNLF itong September 2013 at wala pa rin Intelligence Report. Anong claseng AFP/PNP/NICA meron tayo at Milliones ang Intelligence Fund pero Palpak. Dapat makaroon ng Fact Finding investigation at bakit nagkaroon ng FAILURE of INTELLIGENCE sa nangyari sa Zambo City. Anong ginawa ng mga magigiting nating Generals sa Zambo like ARDO,VANO,Col Malayo,NICA DIRECTOR HEAD SALAZAR at asawa ni MAYOR BENG CLIMACO SALAZAR. Dapat ikulong ang mga Ito for negligence on their part. Baka napagod sa Golf at nag Beerhouse kasama mga KABIT nila gamit yung Intelligence Fund kaya napabayaan at nangyari Ito. Sana makonsenya kayo at tignan nyo ang hirap ng dinadanas ng mga naging victims sa gulo nyan. Useless kayo at sayang lamang yung PERA ni Juan pang sweldo sa inyo. Mga INUTIL at walang Sintido Komon!

    • Mang Noel Garcia, wala namang nakalagay na nagrereklamo ang AFP sa nagastos nila ah? Kung makapag-comment ka parang walang ginawa ang National and local government, ang AFP at PNP ah, ikaw ano ginawa mo nung Zamboanga siege? magcomment? magcomplain? matulog? Kung pinagdasal mo na lang na bumuti ang sitwasyon edi nakatulog ka pa