More Muslim pilgrims ferried out of Zamboanga
MANILA – More Muslim pilgrims were ferried out of Zamboanga City on Saturday amid fighting between government troops and rebels of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
About 200 pilgrims arrived in Cebu on board a C-130 plane.
The pilgrims were escorted by Air Force troopers to 4 buses and were taken to the departure area of the adjacent Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
Some of the passengers were transported by Cebu Pacific while others took Philippine Airlines flights to Manila, where they will take a connecting flight to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia en route to Mecca, the holiest city in Islam where the Hajj is performed.
Some passengers headed for Zamboanga were also accommodated by the C-130 plane.
One of the passengers, architect Louie Gaspar, came home all the way from Abu Dhabi to see his family in Zamboanga.
According to Lt. Col. Marciano Jesus Guevarra, they catered these people since they want to maximize the operational cost of the plane. -- Report from Joy Montero, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas