Pimentel wants Senate inquiry into Zamboanga siege
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Aquilino Pimentel III has asked for a Senate inquiry into the Zamboanga City crisis to "investigate deeper into the bloody siege."
Pimentel's move is a response to a resolution earlier passed by the Zamboanga City council asking the Senate to step in. (READ: Zamboanga council wants Senate inquiry into siege)
The government filed rebellion charges against Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari, his top lieutenant Habier Malik, and about 60 others over the 20-day siege that killed 183 Muslim fighters, 23 government troops, and 12 civilians.
Misuari remains at large in spite of a warrant of arrest against him. Authorities believe he is hiding in Sulu, although there are reports that he has fled the country. Malik is believed to be dead.
"The main objective of this investigation is to prevent a similar attack from happening in the future," said Pimentel. (READ: Zambo Crisis: The fog of war)
He cited intelligence reports showing that the MNLF gunmen brought in weapons into Zamboanga City as early as January 2013. – Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com