Dialogue on the Simariki Security situation
A Community Dialogue with the Security Sectors, Government Agencies and partner organizations was conducted by the Simariki Island Sama Bangi- Bangi Association (SISBA). This is in partnership with ZABIDA, the dialogue was held in Simariki Island, Barangay Talon- Talon , Zambaoanga City.
The call for dialogue was due to the recent CIDG arrest of a member of the Indigeneous People and Displaced Persons who is allegedly part of the Abu-Sayaff Group (ASG) .The main objective was to discuss the peace and order within the community and the issues and concerns due to the arrest which specifically caused fear towards the residents of Simariki Island.
During the discussion, Mr. Rashid Ganih, emotionally shared that they are still in the process of healing and moving forward after the trauma caused by the Zamboanga Siege. But, the arrest allowed them to remember that traumatic experience. The SISBA council of Elder, Security Sectors TFZ(Task Force Zamboanga), 11th IB, PNP(Philippine National Police), DILG(Department of the Interior and Local Government), NCMF(National Commission on Muslim Filipino), NCIP(National Commission on Indigenous People), CAMA(Counsel of Advisers for Muslim Advancement), KP-ZC ( kilusang Pagbabago ), ZABIDA(Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc.), UCZP(Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula) and other NGO’s., in solidarity, strongly ensured Peace and Order, and Securing the rights of every individual in Simariki island. They also put emphasis to continue “Re-building Trust, Confidence and moving forward for better Community”. (Leo Gaspar/Human Rights Advocacy/ZABIDA)