US sets aside P26-M for Zamboanga aid
MANILA -- The United States has come to the aid of the people of Zamboanga amid the ongoing standoff between government security forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels.
The US Embassy in Manila announced that it has set aside over P26 million for relief assistance for the residents affected by the standoff.
The funds, which will be sourced from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will be used to buy bottled waters, sleeping mats and canned goods, as well as portable toilets and water tanks.
At least 13,000 residents from at least 6 barangays have already fled their homes as the fighting enters its fourth day today.
Some residents are also now starting to get sick.
They are complaining of coughs and colds due to the cold weather and lack of roofing. They are also complaining of lack of food.
Some residents have already set up tents in the open field while some were forced to sleep on the road due to lack of space.
The standoff has already claimed at least 12 lives.