Zambo sets up reaction force

ZAMBOANGA CITY—The Crisis Management Committee that was formed following the September 9 rebel attacks in this city has established a Quick Reaction Force.

CMC Chairman Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco said the measure is intended to prevent a repeat of the siege that was staged by 400 heavily armed rebels belonging to he Moro National Liberation Front faction loyal to its founder Nur Misuari.

“This special unit is here to complement the military’s Task Force Zamboanga and the City Police and to ensure the safety of the constituents,” Climaco said.

The task force and police have assumed law enforcement and security functions on Oct 23, after Task Force Suyud ended clearing operations in the barangays of Rio Hondo, Mariki, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina and Kasanyangan and adjoining shorelines.

Gen. Carmelo Valmoria, commander of Task Force Suyud, confirmed the mobilization of the quick reaction force during the recent CMC where he announced his tour of duty has ended.

Task Force Zamboanga chief Adrelino Colina said authorities have regained control of the situation.

“I want to assure everyone that our forces here in Zamboanga City are more than enough to address any threat,” he said. Felino M. Santos

Supt. Dennis Basngi, city police chief, said the task force will be augmented by barangay tanods.

Climaco said the crisi committee has added a maritimer police unit in Riuo Hondo, where the rebels made a beachhead in September.

“This is a welcome development for we will be assured of additional forces and assets to guard our waters from intrusions and lawless elements,” she said.

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