Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said they are planning to deploy Marine units in
"If you to go Zamboanga, it appears that people still have fears. I don't want that," Catapang said in Filipino.
He added that he is planning to remove this by bringing Marine units in
The AFP chief said this seems to be the ideal solution for Zamboangeños as the latter is comfortable with the Marines.
In September 2013, more than 300 followers of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari laid siege to
The fighting left more than 200 people dead and over 100,000 homeless.
Catapang said the Marine units that will be deployed to
But the move will not left Sulu undefended as the 1st Infantry Division and the Joint Special Operations Group will be tasked to protect the province from threat groups like the Abu Sayyaf which is known to operate in the area.
He added that this is ideal for the latter as their concept of operations is amphibious in nature and very mobile.
"I want the Navy to play bigger role. It's a chain of bodies of water so we need to strengthen our Navy,” Catapang concluded.