From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 9): Police Regional Office 13 closely monitors MNLF coops in Caraga
The Police Regional Office here have closely monitored the activities of the
cooperatives of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), believed to be
connected to Prof. Nur Misuari here in the region, a top police official said.
Police Supt. Martin M. Gamba, the chief spokesman of the regional police
headquarters here said in an interview Monday morning, that even before the
incident in Zamboanga area erupted, the police here are in close coordination
with the cooperative leaders here.
"In fairness to the leaders here, they are open to us regarding all of
their activities. We see that all their activities here are purely for
livelihood and for the improvement of their cooperative movement here,"
Gamba said. He said that although their leaders have also designated ranks such
as those of the military, they are unarmed.
Gamba said that during the group's meeting in August in Mainit town in
Surigao del Norte, they held it openly to the public and even invited a liaison
officer from the local police in the area.
Caraga Philippine National Police (PNP) Director CSupt. Getulio P. Napenas
instructed all his field commanders to coordinate and to hold dialogue not only
with the MNLF cooperative leaders here but with the other Muslim communities as
He said that most of the MNLF leaders here are not pure Muslims but are
"Balik Islams" or local indigenous people in this region.
Gamba calls on the MNLF cooperative leaders here, the Muslim community
leaders and the public as well to continue the peaceful atmosphere of unity and
cooperation in the region.