While the conflict in Zamboanga City entered its 17th day on Wednesday, classes resumed in some of parts of the city.
According to DZMM’s Edwin Sevidal, 149 elementary and secondary schools opened their doors to students Wednesday. These schools are outside critical zones where fighting still rages on between government forces and armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) loyal to founding chair Nur Misuari.
Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas and other officials attended the opening of classes in the Sta. Maria Central Elementary School.
In a short talk, Roxas told the students that the opening of the schools means things are getting back to normal in the city. He also said the government is fighting for the future of the children of Zamboanga.
But only 39 out of the 4000 students in the school attended the resumption of their classes.
The local Department of Education (DepEd) unit said they understand if parents are still worried about sending the children to classes. But the officials said they hope parents will realize that their children will be safe.
Meanwhile, authorities said a 15-year old boy who fought with the Misuari MNLF is now under government custody.
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