23 MNLF members surrender to Zambo police chief

LeAnne Jazul

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The 23 MNLF members who surrendered to Zamboanga City's chief of police claim they went there from Basilan thinking they were joining a peace rally

DEBRIEFING. The 23 MNLF members who surrendered September 17 may be allowed to go home to Basilan if proven they didn't participate in the Zamboanga fighting. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Twentry-three members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) surrendered to Zamboanga City police chief Senior Supt Juan Chiquito Malayo Tuesday night, September 17.

Malayo was reportedly hostaged by the same MNLF group earlier in the day, but later emerged unscathed and refusing to confirm whether he was held or he negotiated.

READ: Hostaged? Zambo top cop doesn’t look like it

This group of MNLF members, from Basilan, claimed they did not participate in the standoff with the government troops.

FROM BASILAN. Ferry tickets recovered from the belongings of one MNLF rebel. Photo by Rappler/LeAnne Jazul

They supposedly only planned to join the MNLF peace rally and and retreated to Barangay Mampang when violence started. This is where they bumped into Malayo.

They said they want to return to Basilan.

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II said they will verify if the group had anything to do with the violence in the Zamboanga City crisis. If not, they may be allowed to go home. 

EVIDENCE. Cash, gadgets, firearms, and amulets recovered from MNLF rebels who surrendered. Photo by Rappler/LeAnne Jazul


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LeAnne Jazul

LeAnne has had 25 years of experience in the media industry. He joined Rappler for the 2013 elections and has stayed on. He is currently Rappler's photo editor.