MNLF: gov’t started Zambo crisis to divert attention from pork scam
Moro National Liberation Front Spokesperson (MNLF) Atty. Emmanuel Fontanilla denied that MNLF attacked Zamboanga City on Monday, and accused the government of triggering the Zamboanga crisis to divert attention away from the P10 billion peso pork scam involving alleged mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and several lawmakers.
“Niloloko lang ng gobyerno ‘yung mga taong ito. Itong bagay na walang problema, nilagyan ng problema para mawala ‘yung Napoles at mawala ‘yung pork barrel scandal,” Fontanilla said during a radio interview.
Fontanilla expressed his disappointment over the current crisis, and places the blame on the “stupidity” of the government.
“Ang tanong ko sa mga matinong tao, nagbabasa at nag-iisip, why did they not use the political solution provided by the peace agreement? Kasi gusto nila ng gulo, period. Kami po ay very very very unhappy. It is very unfortunate na nagkaroon ng ganito dahil sa katangahan ng Philippine government,” he added.
According to Fontanilla, the MNLF was in Zamboanga to prepare for the caravan in Mindanao in relation with the Bangsamoro Independence.
He insisted that the government initiated the chaos and that the MNLF’s only acted in self-defense.
“Itong kapartner natin na Philippine government, the problem is a political problem, there is a peace agreement (but) they used military force to solve the problem kaya po nagka-engkwentro,” Fontanilla said.
“Saan ba kami nag-atake? Wala po. Wala kaming area na inatake. Doon lang sa Sta. Barbara sila (MNLF) pumunta at pinuntahan ng military at pinagbabaril. So ano gagawin? Self-defense,” he added.
Fontanilla said the tension between the government and MNLF will be resolved if Indonesia and United Nations intervenes in the crisis.
Fontanilla also branded Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar “paranoid.”
The MNLF will stay at Zamboanga to defend their side and their beliefs according to Fontanilla.
6 individuals were killed while 24 others were wounded during the fighting between MNLF and government troops in Zamboanga on Monday.