Planong pag-take over sa Zamboanga City hall, itinanggi ng MNLF

admin   •   September 9, 2013   •   2569

FILE PHOTO: MNLF Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

FILE PHOTO: MNLF Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Walang plano ang Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) na lusubin at kubkubin ang Zamboanga City Hall.

Paliwanag ni Atty. Emmanuel Fontanilla, ang legal counsel ng MNLF, nais lamang sana ng kanilang mga miyembro at taga-suporta na magsagawa ng mapayapang rally kaninang madaling araw ngunit nauwi ito sa bakbakan.

“We have done that in Davao we creed out flags in Davao near the city halls we have also conducted holding of flags in General Santos City near the city hall at the back of the city hall and there was nothing that happened, ito lang si Mayor Climaco ang hindi namin maintindihan kung ano ang nasa isip niya noon,” ani Fontanilla.

Sa ngayon ay nananawagan ang pamunuan ng MNLF ng third party intervention upang makipag negosasyon at mapahupa ang tensiyon.

Ayon kay Fontanilla, mayroon na silang nilagdaang peace agreement at ng pamahalaan kasama ang Organization of the Islamic Conference kaya umaasa silang matutulungan sila ng United Nations at ang bansang Indonesia sa problema ngayon sa Zamboanga.

Dagdag pa ng abogado, nais din nilang pangunahan ng isang independent party ang imbestigasyon upang lumabas ang katotohanan kung sino ang nagsimula ng kaguluhan.

“There are counter allegations and allegations it would be prudent for every parties to seek for third party intervention on this matter to seek the truth.”

Sinabi pa ni Fontanilla na ikinalungkot ni MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari ang pangyayari lalo na ang pagkamatay ng anim na tao.

“We are saddened and we would like to make it very clear to everybody listening that we detest we do not like war,” saad pa nito.

Samantala mariin namang kinundena ng regional government ng Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) ang pangyayari.

Agad na ring inalerto ni ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman ang mga awtoridad sa kalapit na mga lugar ng Zamboanga gaya ng Basilan, Sulu at Tawi Tawi sa posibleng spill over ng pangyayari. (Louell Requilman / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

AFP, UN sign strategic plan to protect children in armed conflict

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the United Nations (UN) have signed a strategic plan to protect children in armed conflict.

In a statement on Thursday (June 10), AFP Chief  Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said the AFP shall ensure to maintain professionalism and discipline in conducting daily operations. He also said the AFP will aim to strengthen the protection of children in armed conflict and prevent grave child rights violations.

“We shall guarantee that all our personnel are properly educated and trained, to raise their awareness, and for a deeper sense of respect and regard to the promotion and protection of Human Rights in particular, to children’s rights, and adherence to International Humanitarian Law,” he said.

Under the “Strategic Plan to Prevent and Respond to Grave Child Rights Violations in Situations of Armed Conflict”, the AFP should fully comply with its obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The Strategic Plan was signed by Sobejana along with UN resident coordinator and co-chair of UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (UN-CTFMR) Gustavo Gonzales, and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to the Philippines Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov on Wednesday (June 9). AAC

IATF places Davao City under MECQ, Gen. Santos City under GCQ

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s task force on COVID-19 response has placed Davao City under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from June 5 to 20 due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the area.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement a day after the Davao City government requested for the MECQ implementation in the city to address the surge of infections.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier asked the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to implement a stricter quarantine classification to “allow a circuit breaker in the surge of patients inside hospitals.”

Duterte-Carpio said beds at the Southern Philippines Medical Center are now at a critical utilization rate while its Intensive Care Units are already full. Two private hospitals in the city have also reached full capacity.

Roque also announced that the IATF has likewise placed the General Santos City under general community quarantine (GCQ) from June 5 to 20.

Under MECQ, only essential trips are allowed and non-essential businesses and services will be temporarily shutdown.

GCQ, on the other hand, allows travel for leisure subject to compliance with local government guidelines.

UN-HRC to probe possible war crimes amid Israel-Gaza conflict

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2021

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UN-HRC) has launched an international investigation into alleged crimes committed during the conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza.

The UN-HRC adopted a resolution that will establish an inquiry commission to “investigate alleged human rights violations & abuses in Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, & in Israel, up to & since 13 April 2021.”

Twenty-four countries, out of the 47-member forum, voted in favor of the said probe while 14 abstained.

The document stated that the commission of inquiry shall “establish the facts and circumstances that may amount to such violations and abuses and of the crimes perpetrated.”

The commission shall “collect, consolidate, and analyze evidence of such violations and abuses and of the crimes perpetrated, and systematically record and preserve all information, documentation and evidence, including interviews, witness testimony, and forensic material, in accordance with the international law standards, in order to maximize the possibility of its admissibility in legal proceedings,” according to the document.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the said UN-HRC decision, saying it is a “mockery of international law”.

“Today’s shameful decision is yet another example of the UN Human Rights Council’s blatant anti-Israel obsession. This travesty makes a mockery of international law and encourages terrorists worldwide,” he said.

The Palestinian Authority said the resolution would pave way for the international community to know the discrimination of Israel against Palestinians. AAC

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