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MNLF: gov’t started Zambo crisis to divert attention from pork scam

In this photo taken on August 12, 2013, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari (C) addresses his armed followers in one of their camps in Indanan, Sulu, on the southern island of Mindanao, following his declaration that he was breaking away from the government because he believed they were sidelining his group. Followers of Misuari entered the coastal area of Zamboanga city by boat at dawn on September 9, triggering clashes that left at least one soldier dead and six wounded, the military said.  (AFP PHOTO)

In this photo taken on August 12, 2013, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari (C) addresses his armed followers in one of their camps in Indanan, Sulu, on the southern island of Mindanao, following his declaration that he was breaking away from the government because he believed they were sidelining his group. Followers of Misuari entered the coastal area of Zamboanga city by boat at dawn on September 9, triggering clashes that left at least one soldier dead and six wounded, the military said. (AFP PHOTO)

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.

  • shedrick

    tsk2 wag kayung makialam sa mga bagay2 kung di nyu naman talaga alam kung anung punot dulo ng gyera . matagal na kasi tayung bulag pangaabuso ng gobyerno . di naman siguro cla mag bubuhis ng buhay kung walang malalim na dahilan para ipag laban ang kanilang karapatan ! kaya wag kayu manghusga ! alamin nyu muna kung anu talga ang katotohanan na bakit sila ganyan at ipinaglalaban ang kanila karapatan ! dnt be one sided guys ! :D peace ! Allah huakbar ! comment lng po . hehe

  • Thor Olsen

    Kawawa naman itong mga young MNLF Fighters inilalaban niloloko lang sila ni Nur Misuari. Eh boang yan si Nur Misuari naniwala kayo dyan nila wala yata kayo suweldo binigyan lang kayo ng baril lumaban na agad kayo ng patayan.Imulat ninyo ang isipan young generation MNLF fighters.Mahirap yan ginagawa ninyo marami sinasayang kayong panahon na maging masaya sa pamilya ninyo.Mag Saudi kayo nakatulong pa kayo sa pamilya ninyo hindi yang Boang na si Nur Misuari ang pinayayaman ninyo tapos tatakasan kayo niyan pagipitan na. Sayang ang buhay ninyo sa makasarile ambisyon ni Nur Misuari. Ganoon din kayo mga NPA isipin ninyo napagiwanan na ang PILIPINAS ng ibang bansa sa pagunlad dahil sa mga kaguluhan ninyo.Ninakaw pa ng politico.Panahon na makibaka tayo sa tamang paraan. At sana magising narin ang mga kababayan natin kung sino ang tamang iboto sa eleksyon. yung tutulong sa ating pagunlad.

  • Dexter Jesus

    Itong mga Muslim na to walang alam kundi manggulo,itong mga cristyano nman walang alam kundi mg nakaw yung iba ng rerape ng sariling anak. hay nko ang gulo talaga.

  • Dexter Jesus

    Ang Gulo na ng Mundo.. Ung mga mUslim nanggugulo yung mga cristian nman mg nanakaw ng rerape. hay nko.. gulo tlga..

  • Dexter Jesus

    ang dami palang namatay na Sundalo doon xa Z.C xabi ng auncle ko doon kc xa na asign. 55 daw ang nasawi

  • iloli

    mga MNLF nato wala ng kain kain, baka pulbura na ng bala ang kina kain nila hahaha….

  • iloli

    nice naman ng mga comment labas nyo mga galit nyo sa MNLF at MILF at kung anu paman kahit gobiyerno payan yan hahaha enjoy lang sa comment