ZAMBOANGA CITY - Survivors of the siege by Muslim rebels on this city 5 years ago expressed mixed views over the release of nearly 100 insurgents who took part in the attack.
A former hostage of the Moro National Liberation Front, Boyet Torres, said he respected the court's decision to release the rebels because the city had recovered from the incident.
Another former hostage, Carlos Baricua, said 5 years in prison was enough penance.
Ricky Agustin, whose house was destroyed during the attacks said the release was in injustice to those who died during the siege.
The local government of Zamboanga said it was saddened over the development.
The 96 MNLF members were among those who pleaded guilty to lesser crimes of sedition and illegal assembly and illegal use of uniforms.
There are still 100 MNLF members behind bars since they did not qualify under the plea bargain.