Palace: Soldiers found looting in Zambo will be punished
MANILA - Malacañang said it will not condone the acts of soldiers who were reportedly involved in looting a house in Zamboanga City.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda described the reported incident as "unacceptable."
"The [Armed Forces of the Philippines] and this government will not tolerate any looting by our own soldiers. In fact, the leadership of AFP has already imposed sanctions on these soldiers who have done those despicable acts," Lacierda said.
Five soldiers are now being investigated by the AFP after they were allegedly caught looting a house in Barangay Sta. Catalina in Zamboanga City, where government troops are engaged in a standoff with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters under Nur Misuari.
The five soldiers, whose names have not been disclosed, were allegedly caught by fellow soldiers looting the house of Zamboanga City Councilor BG Guingona.
AFP spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said the five soldiers were brought to the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) for investigation.
AFP chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista has called for a quick probe into the incident, saying that this gives a bad image to soldiers who are risking their lives in the Zamboanga City standoff. – with reports from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM