From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 24): Death toll in Zamboanga City crisis now at 140
With the stand-off between military and Moro National Liberation Front
(MNLF) Nur Misuari fighters now on its 16th day, the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday announced that the death toll has now climbed to
In its 6 p.m. update, AFP deputy public affairs chief Major Angelo Guzman
said the figures can be broken down into the following:
-AFP: 13 killed, 148 wounded in action
-PNP: 5 killed, 14 wounded
-Civilians: 12 killed, 51 wounded
MNLF: 110 killed, Captured 93, surrendered 45.
Guzman said the number of hostages rescued is now at 182 with the number of
high-powered firearms recovered at 78 and low-powered firearms at 15.
Clearing operations are still ongoing as of this posting.
Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF), through its continuous support in financing programs aimed for the development and reconstruction of conflict affected communities in Mindanao since 2006, now ensures its full support to the Sajahartra Bangsamoro’s financial operation. The program would be technically supported by the BDA under the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Program (MTF-RDP), with the assistance of CFSI as Trust Fund Recipient.
The agreement would now assure the steadiness of the program in uplifting the Bangsamoro communities and conflict affected areas in Mindanao. Its unique feature of program’s inclusiveness among the communities is envisaged to help attending a progressive life and sustainable peace and development. Under the Term of Reference (TOR), the program is for a quick gestation, high impact and a social protection type.
“Sajahatra Bangsamoro was created pursuant to the spirit of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB) signed last 15th of October 2012 to jumpstart the initial dividends of peace. It was launched by President Benigno C. Aquino III on February 11, 2013 at Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institution (BLMI) Compound, Simuay Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao,” said BDA Executive Director Mohammad Yacob, also concurrently Co-Chairman of the MILF Task Force Sajahatra Bangsamoro.
The Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program is focusing on health, education and livelihood services to Moro communities and target individual beneficiaries. Program recipients are now enjoying educational scholarships through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); Health Insurance Services through the PhilHealth; and training and skills development programs provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
In his message, Dr. Safrullah M. Dipatuan, Chairperson of BDA, avowing a positive notes…“We hope to realize the perspective and objective of President Benigno Aquino and MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim for high impact of the program on social protection and development”…