Monday, September 9, 2013

Police Regional Office 13 closely monitors MNLF coops in Caraga

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 well.

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.

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