From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 29): 31 MNLF stopped at Davao checkpoint for refusing inspection
Thirty-one members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were invited by the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) to its headquarters for refusing inspection during a road-clearing drive at the Sirawan checkpoint on Wednesday.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Maria Theresita Gaspan said the 31 MNLF members were flagged down by HPG members during the “Oplan Clean Clear Drive” at the Task Force Sirawan checkpoint area for violation of Republic Act 4136, or the Land Transportation Code.
“When asked to be inspected they refused that is why they were brought to HPG for violation of the traffic code,” Gaspan said, adding the MNLF members finally relented when asked again for their vehicle to be inspected.
Gaspan explained that the operation was part of DCPO’s security measures, reminding the public that Mindanao is still under martial law.
She added that it is also a preventive measure following the bombing in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Tuesday.
After the inspection, Gaspan said the 31 MNLF members were released.