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Labor group calls for ceasefire in Zambo

Labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) has called for a ceasefire in Zamboanga as troops of the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) continued exchanging gunfire.

"We cant allow this 10-day fratricidal war to continue," said Atty. Sonny Matula, president of the FFW.

"Workers and members of their families are getting killed, injured and displaced and losing income," added Matula. Work and classes have been suspended by the local government since the war broke out.

Matula said that business has lost billions of pesos. Some were kind enough to pay wages through the work suspension but this can't go on forever. "No work, no pay. And with no production these businesses may permanently shut down" said Matula, who heads FFW with 200,000 members.

After the dust clears and the destruction is assessed, reconstruction may take a while, thus, depriving workers of productive work and potential or sustained income.

"We can't continue to kill each other. Government as parens patria of its citizens should take measures to end the war," Matula said.

"The Aquino administration should create a ceasefire committee of prominent persons to start talks for a  cessation of hostilities and for a political settlement," he said.

 

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