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Old 12th September 2013, 12:01 PM
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General Santos!! Bloody hell that's quite a trip, especially since you drive past Cotabato City on the way there which has a far, far busier airport. Even Dipolog has an airport and it's just up the road (and across some hills).

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My Airline has just contacted me and have organised a fleet of buses to take passengers from Zambo to General Santos for flights to Manila. There you go... I hope we have armed escorts. Its a long trip....regards
I had the same thought earlier myself. Especially Dipolod airport. Much closer as so far as I know is out of the current danger zone.
He probably knows best and would assume the govt has a reason for that plan. Nevertheless, if I were in that place and situation I think I would question the reasons for Gen San City. I'll be relieved to know he's outa there and back in the Subic area!
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General Santos!! Bloody hell that's quite a trip, especially since you drive past Cotabato City on the way there which has a far, far busier airport. Even Dipolog has an airport and it's just up the road (and across some hills).

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Cotabato? Wonderful, as that's been an area where NPA has been active! Hope your given AFP/PNP escorts!

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Gov't troops engaged in 2hr firefight w/150 or so on Basilan.

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I had the same thought earlier myself. Especially Dipolod airport. Much closer as so far as I know is out of the current danger zone.
He probably knows best and would assume the govt has a reason for that plan. Nevertheless, if I were in that place and situation I think I would question the reasons for Gen San City. I'll be relieved to know he's outa there and back in the Subic area!
PhilStar carrying story (today's edition) reporting that stranded air passengers to be airlifted via PAF C-130s from Zambo Airport to Mactan-Cebu where they will be flown commercially to their original flight destinations!

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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.....

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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!

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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!
Yes. About 5 years ago the AFP finally wisened up to the tactics. They split their military forces to focus on Eastern and Western Mindanao. There are now HQ in Zambo and Davao. It used to be a tail chasing event when these events would crop up. They would start something in Basilan or Cotabato to divert AFP resources usually resulting in allowing the Rebels or Terrorists to escape where they were pinned down.

I am glad to see that the fruits of this reorganization are finally starting to pay off.....
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Cotabato? Wonderful, as that's been an area where NPA has been active! Hope your given AFP/PNP escorts!
No, Cotabato City, the capital of Maguindanao on the coast. It is the administrative capital of ARMM, even though it is technically an exclave.

Anyway it has a big airport and the bus will have to drive through it to get to General Santos.

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No, Cotabato City, the capital of Maguindanao on the coast. It is the administrative capital of ARMM, even though it is technically an exclave.

Anyway it has a big airport and the bus will have to drive through it to get to General Santos.
My bad! I was thinking somewhere else!

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