Malacanang condemns attack on Zambo City, appeals for stop in spread of disinformation
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MANILA, Philippines – Malacanang on Monday condemned the attack on Zamboanga City and asked citizens to stop spreading speculation that only causes more fear and alarm among residents of the city.
Zamboanga City has effectively shut down after some 400 Muslim rebels from a renegade group of the Moro National Liberation Front engaged soldiers in a firefight from early Monday morning.
In a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, the Presidential spokesperson said: “We condemn the attack on Zamboanga City in the strongest possible terms. It is incumbent on all people of goodwill to reject the violence that has erupted.”
“We ask our fellow citizens to refrain from spreading speculation: fear and alarm spread by disinformation will only help those intent on disrupting the lives of residents of Zamboanga City,” the statement said.
The Presidential spokesperson also said the President is already being briefed on the situation and is receiving updates as new information comes in, as the Zamboanga City government appealed for the help of the national government.
“The ongoing attack of armed individuals in Zamboanga City, including initial reports of the possible use of civilians as human shields, is a cause for great concern,” the statement said.
“The authorities are responding to the situation in a manner that will reduce the risk to innocent civilians and restore peace and order to Zamboanga City at the soonest possible time,” it added.