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Public to Binay: what ceasefire?

What ceasefire? This was immediately the question that some people, particularly those from Zamboanga, asked online when they learned of the news of a truce in their war-torn province.

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Vice President Jejomar Binay announced that there is an agreement between Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin and MNLF leader Nur Misuari for a ceasefire. The public, however, is doubtful.

The announcement made by Vice President Jejomar Binay that leaders of the government and the Moro rebels have agreed to a ceasefire starting at 12 a.m. Saturday in Zamboanga was met with skepticism by the public.

In an interview with the TV news program Saksi over GMA 7 before midnight, Binay said Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari have “agreed in principle for a peaceful settlement” of the conflict in Zamboanga City. The agreement also effectively resulted in a ceasefire.

But people who are actually living near the conflict areas immediately commented online to contradict Binay’s news of a truce. They said fighting continues even at dawn of Saturday.

Facebook user Ryan Michael Mercado said: “Hindi po ata alam ng MNLF ang tunay na kahulugan ng ceasefire. Akala ata nila hanggang 12 lang yung ceasefire. [It seems the MNLF doesn't know the true meaning of ceasefire. They probably think it's only up to 12:00 midnight.] I’m from Zamboanga and I can still hear gunfire.”

His observation was echoed by Francisco Rojas Bustamante who posted: “It is not true. From my room, starting at 1 a.m., at the Ateneo campus I could hear gunfires and combat helicopters circling (above). It’s 2:30 a.m. and I still hear gunfires and helicopters circling. So where is the ceasefire? Words, words, words. Shall I say, “Tell that to the Marines?”

Mark Aba Halayah, another Facebook user, belied the alleged ceasefire and said: “May putukan pang nagaganap hanggang ngayon [There's still gunfire up to now],”!

Other comments online questioned why the Vice President seems to have suddenly taken an active role in the negotiations, hours after President Benigno Aquino made a personal trip to Zamboanga Friday morning to check on the situation.

Binay said the ceasefire is on a testing period and that he does not know if the President has been informed of the development.

 

  • Gerry Stein

    na una pa itong si nognog kaysa commander in chief nya mag sabi ng ceasefire, tapos sinama pa nya si nognog jr. sa zambo kahit nandoon na si noynoy, mar roxas, gazmin…anong ibig sanihin nito kundi gusto mag papapel…hoy..binay..d ka manalo sa 2016..mabuti malaman mo na yan in advance,,,,!!!

  • John Genesis Huang

    Marami ng pulis at sundalo na namatay,,,,,mga sibilyan na binihag at pinatay,,,,,mga bahay na sinunog,,,,,ekonomiya ng zamboanga na naparalisa…..thats TERRORISM at its best……no way for a cease fire……managot kayo sa batas….magbayad sa pagkakasala sa bayan…..,mamatay ka na sana nur dimonyo misuari!

  • Man_e

    Nag pa-papel na naman si Binay para masabi ng tao na magaling siya!

  • Rehnan Fernandes

    it is between MAR ROXAS and BINAY sa 2016….. HUWAG NA HUWAG PO KAYO MAGKAKAMALI… malinis linis ang record ni MAR ROXAS…. si BINAY…. buong pamilya nyan kurakot.. at dahil sa laking gastos sa 2016, UMPISA NA YAN NG MISSION KURAKOT.

    nagtataka nga ako paano lumusot yang si BINAY as VP… I voted for MAR….

    • kampag

      Lumusot yan as VP …. Nognog Binay,magkano nga ba bili o bayad mo sa pagka VP mo? 1 billion , di ba??? Gago talaga tong kapal muks,perang nakaw pa sa atin,pinag bili sa kanyang pag ka VP nya…. hayyyy… bwesit layas….

  • pnoyako

    pnoy should follow what erap did to this rebel, erap order to topple all illegal military garrison/camp by muslim rebel and was successfully done by our military but when Gloria stolen the position of erap then this rebel return to this camp/garrison and building again more camps…solution removed all camps/garrison of this muslim terrorist in order to stop increasing resistant from this group…

  • Gary

    Ilang taon na ba kayo? Buhay na ba kayo ng mag deklara rin si Nur
    Misuary ng Independence nila nuon? At meron na rin silang sariling pera?
    Gusto NIYA na magkaroon ng sariling bansa nuon pa man. Pwede bang
    mangyari na ang Pilipinas ay Luzon at Visayas na lang? at sa gobyernong
    idedeklara ni Misuari ang Mindanao at mga karatig isla? Siya ang
    nagpapagulo sa Mindanao at ilang ulit na nilang ginawa ang ganyang
    panggugulo. WE HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THAT THE PHILIPPINES HAVE ONLY ONE
    GOVERNMENT AND ONLY ONE ARMED FORCES. HINDE PWEDENG MERON DIN SILANG MGA
    BARIL DAHIL HINDI SILA ENLISTED MAN OF PHIL MILITARY OR POLICE. THAT
    ALONE IS AGAINST THE LAW. WHAT MORE OF THESE ACT OF LUNACY AGAINST CIVILIAN PEOPLE WHO WANTS NOTHING ELSE BUT PEACE???… VP Binay should know that
    very well, that the govt should go all the way to stop this BULSHIT of
    MNLF AND NO MORE NEGOTIATIONS. MNLF, ASG and BIFF must be STOP NOW! NOT
    NEXT WEEK NOT NEXT MONTH AND DEFINITELY NOT NEXT YEAR….

  • hummingbird

    this might be a strategic moves of the politicians para ma divert lang or to buy them time para ma hilot ang pork barrel issues.

  • roel torres

    putragis naman talaga oh…sabi ko nga ba pulitika talaga ang dahilan ng lahat ng ito. tapos sinasabi ni Binay na remove na nya yung 200 million PDAF .nag papapansin talaga. Lintik na yan.

    • kampag

      Maliit daw kasi ang 200 million, Billion Kong magnakaw yan…ayaw nga ng million…..barya lng daw yan…kayo naman oo….hwag mong maliitin ang mga pangit na mga Baluga na yan…bwesitttt……..

  • tanong lang

    WHAT AUTHORITY DOES BINAY HAVE TO ANNOUNCED CEASEFIRE WHERE IN FACT HE DOESN’T KNOW THE SITUATION, HE IS NOT EVEN MEMBER OF ZAMBOANGA CRISIS COMMITTEE WHICH IS HEADED BY MAYOR CLIMACO AND ONLY MAYOR CLIMACO IS THE ONLY ONE GIVEN AUTHORITY TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE HOSTAGE TAKERS, AND YET TO ANNOUNCE A CEASEFIRE FROM MANILA!!!!!!!!!!

    WHAT A SHAME, PLEASE BINAY STOP DOING EPAL, YOU RIDE IN ALL ISSUES THE PHILIPPINES HAVE, SHAME ON YOU, FUCK YOU ALSO

    • kampag

      MGA GAGO nga eh,,,,itong mag AMANG BINAY…. alam ng lahat yan….

  • pfckulapu_parin

    Traydor to si Nognog, maski anong gagawin para lang mukhang Pogi sya…
    Maligno pa rin tingin ko sa kanya…