Originally Posted by jon1
This is an age old tactic in an attempt to split the focus of the AFP. Unfortunately for the MNLF, the AFP has sufficient numbers to engage both at the same time.....
AFP apparently intercepted them as they attempted to attack/cease the island's main christian enclave!
Most likely, they thought AFP had pulled units out to reinforce those in Zamboanga. Unfortunately for them, that didn't occur! The reinforcements came from elsewhere!