Zamboanga council wants Senate inquiry into siege

Unanimous vote: 'We need a higher authority to dig deeper into the incident'

DESTRUCTION: Series of fires in Zamboanga City damaged up to P200 million worth of properties, according to initial estimates by the NDRRMC. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

MANILA, Philippines – In a unanimous vote, the Zamboanga City council on Wednesday, October 2, approved a resolution calling for a Senate inquiry into the attack launched by the followers of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in the coastal outskirts of the city.

“The objective for the request of a Senate inquiry is to prevent the occurence of a similar incident in the future,” Councilor Rommel Agan told Rappler. He sponsored the resolution. 

“There are a lot of questions that need answers. We need a higher authority to dig deeper into the incident. We are asking the Senate to take a look at it,” he said.

It’s the first time the Zamboanga City council held its first regular session since the crisis that lasted 20 days

On September 9, hundreds of MNLF fighters sailed to Zamboanga City aiming to hoist their flag at the city hall. They were blocked by government forces. 

The crisis was declared over on the 20th day. 

More than 120,000 persons have been displaced by the conflict.  Rappler.com

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