Skip to comments.Philippines: Hostages Used As Human Shield
Posted on 09/11/2013 9:38:48 PM PDT by TexGrill
Rebel fighters have used hostages as a human shield during a stand-off with security forces in the Philippines.
Dozens of citizens were tied together and positioned between the rebels and government soldiers in the port city of Zamboanga, as fighting entered a third day.
The hostages waved white flags and sheets, and shouted "please don't shoot" as snipers positioned on the roof of a residential block fired at troops around 500m away.
The rebels, who belong to a breakaway faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), have brought much of Zamboanga to a standstill.
Schools, shops and offices have been closed, and flights and ferry services suspended, while an estimated 12,000 people have been displaced.
Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said government soldiers were "not launching an offensive", adding: "Our troops are only returning fire."
"Our mission is to contain (the rebels), not to rescue hostages," he said.
The rebels are attempting to declare an independent state a year after opposing a deal between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government.
That agreement led to a new autonomous region and gave the rival group more political control.
Isabelle Climaco Salazar, the mayor of Zamboanga, urged the rebels to free their hostages and agree to talks with the government.
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The Philippines need to invoke the “Pershing Doctrine” in dealing with these jack hats...
“The Philippines need to invoke the Pershing Doctrine in dealing with these jack hats.”
The Muzies will push to a point that they will loose all that has been given to them. Fortunately for me, they are isolated
on Mindanao, far from where I live.
Wherever Muhammadans gather, murder and mayhem are sure to follow...
“Wherever Muhammadans gather, murder and mayhem are sure to follow.”
You are right. I would hate to be living anywhere near them.
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