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    Phl Senate to probe Zambo siege

    MALACANANG Palace on Sunday said the executive department is ready to cooperate with the Senate in investigating the fighting last September between government troops and followers of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari in Zamboanga City, Southern Philippines.
    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the executive department is ready to provide information the Senate may need in its probe.
    “It is the right of the Senate and the senators to hold such an investigation. If they need information from the executive department, we are ready to help them,” Coloma said over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
    He said the government shares the objective of the Senate probe to prevent a similar attack in the future.
    “That is the objective of Senate investigations, to come up with concrete recommendations to improve our preparedness against similar situations in the future,” the Communications Secretary said.
    Last September, government troops and Misuari’s followers engaged in almost a month of bloody fighting in Zamboanga City. There were casualties from both sides, including some civiloians caught in the crossfire.
    While Misuari’s followers initially occupied parts of the city by having civilian hostages, government troops eventually retook the occupied areas.

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