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Aquino should take direct action to contain Zamboanga violence - Biazon

Evacuees fleeing the fighting between government forces and MNLF fighters flock to the Zamboanga City grandstand. (photo courtesy of Mindanao Human Rights Action Center)

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MANILA, Philippines -- President Benigno Aquino III should create a national crisis management team that can take direct action to contain the violence in Zamboanga City, Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon said Tuesday. 

Biazon, a former Armed Forces chief of staff who chairs the committee on defense at the House of Representatives, said the team could be composed of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

"The authority needed is beyond the authority of the Zamboanga mayor because this is not just a violent incident," Biazon said.

"We must decide who would be calling the shots and who is the ground commander. It's not good for confusion to prevail," he added.

The lawmaker said the government should ensure the safety of civilians in the area, especially the hostages, as troops pursue the supporters of former Moro National Liberation Front chairman Nur Misuari.

He said that the grievances of the group should also be addressed to prevent a repeat of the incident.  

 

 

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