15 more MNLF fighters surrender
ZAMBOANGA – There's still sporadic fighting between government troops and Nur Misuari's followers in Zamboanga City.
But one family in Barangay Tetuan did not expect a mortar to hit their house Saturday morning.
The Lladones family is still shivering in fear.
Their mother, Norma, was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival. Half of her body was crushed.
Every inch of their house was damaged.
"Hindi pa natin pwede masabi [kung kanino ang mortar] kasi pino-process pa ng bomb squad natin,” said Tetuan Police chief Insp. Elmer Acuna.
Nearby stores closed immediately and residents ran to safety.
“I told them everybody should go down, to be safe,” said Jun Araneta, one of the residents.
The military said the area is nowhere in the firing line of their troops.
Aerial videos from the Philippine Air Force show the extent of damage of 13 days of intense gunbattle.
In the battleground, soldiers waved white flags to encourage Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters to surrender.
And it worked, as 10 more MNLF troops surrendered followed by another five later on.
But as the battles continue in its last stages, the public mass held in downtown Zamboanga was filled with emotions of people praying for an end to war.
Clearing operations continue and the hunt for MNLF Commander Habier Malik never ceases.
The Armed Forces believes he is still alive and has with him at least 40 more veteran MNLF warriors.
Malik is also believed to be still holding between 20 and 30 civilian hostages.