700 protest deaths of Zambo evacuees

By Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Apr 02 2014 04:06 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2014 12:06 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Around 700 Muslims representing various organizations participated in an indignation rally for residents who have died while staying in evacuation centers in Zamboanga.

The group gathered around the mosque in Sta. Barbara, one of the villages affected during the Zamboanga siege last year.

The group marched around the downtown area and went to the city hall carrying signs and banners demanding the
government to proceed with the rehabilitation plan at the soonest possible time.

Among the participants was a Siony Piansay, a 65-year-old evacuee from Rio Hondo.

According to Piansay, he feels that they have already been forgotten by the goverment.

Professor Ali Ayub, secretary general of the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines, urged the local government to decongest the two large evacuation centers in the city to prevent deaths and proliferation of diseases.

Ayub said at least 108 evacuees have reportedly died in the evacuation centers since September last year.

During the demonstration, authorities intensified their security in the city to prevent any untoward incident.

The group dispersed peacefully in Plaza Pershing.