AFP says no MNLF fighters were able to escape

October 1, 2013 10:25 am 

MANILA, Sept. 30 — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala on Monday vehemently denied reports that over a 100 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters were able to break through the military cordon in Zamboanga City during the height of the 20-day battle.

He made this statement after noting that MNLF attempts to escape was foiled by cordoning military units.

MNLF spokesperson Atty. Emmanuel Fontanilla earlier claimed that 100 of their men were able to flee the combat zone.

Zagala added that the MNLF force was totally defeated by the AFP units in Zamboanga City.

The AFP public affairs office chief stressed that their focus now is hunting down the 20 or so MNLF stragglers attempting to escape. (PNA)

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