Police, however, said the sighting of the MNLF members in Barangay Saguing in Makilala should not send panic or alarm to residents in the area. “They were just there to hold a general assembly. The meeting was properly coordinated with my office,” explained Insp. Reynaldo Donor, chief of the Makilala Police.
Also, the MNLF members were not armed when they held the meeting inside a public school, noted Donor
Last Saturday, residents near the Saguing Elementary School reported to police in Kidapawan City and in Makilala town the supposed military formation and retraining of the MNLF members.
But Donor said it was “not a move to strengthen their force for an armed uprising” and thus “there is no cause for alarm.”
The general assembly of the MNLF in Makilala town was headed by Commander Sajid Amerkhan, also a resident of Barangay Saguing.
One of the issues they discussed during the meeting was about the fate of the peace agreement that the government and the MNLF signed in 1996, according to Donor. (Malu Cadeliña Manar / MindaNews)