Vice President of the Philippines Jejomar Binay applied a truce in Zamboanga City concerning the ongoing ravages between the MNLF and the government forces. Sadly, that truce that Binay believes was denied in the government because of unfair terms and conditions of Nur Misuari, an MNLF leader.
Binay said on reports that for the mean time he will not involve himself on the issue but he wants the President of the Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, to decide for this ongoing conflict. Binay had already talked also to the National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin concerning about a truce to Zamboanga.
Both Gazmin and Misuari agreed to hold a ceasefire between the MNLF and the government forces on Friday but did not last long because the MNLF forces continued the ravages on the government troops. Misuari also agreed on to have peaceful settlement between their sides but they had a conflict on agreeing to their terms and conditions.
Binay grieved on his failed efforts to stop the problem on Zamboanga City as he was being criticized. He can also make a move concerning about the issue but he wants to rely on the president to decide for this. What he concerns about are the lives of the civilians and the victims of the ravages.
Binay admitted that he was the one that gave a message to both Nur and to the President also. He also confirmed that a verbal conflict happened to Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and spokesman Emmanuel Fontanilla, but he did not further gave an elaboration to that topic.
Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr. advised Binay at the House of the Representatives to stop inserting himself on the Zamboanga conflict. He was advised that it would have been better if he had talked to Aquino secretly instead of flying himself to Zamboanga and make a peace agreement.