The Armed Forces of the Philippines are looking on two different angles are being considered behind the killings of eight fishermen in Zamboanga City.
Task Force Zamboanga Commander Colonel Juvy Max Uy stated that the massacre might have happened because of plain extortion or due to vengeance.
On the angle of revenge, Uy also explained that a leader of a lawless element was killed last November in a military operation. Thus, the relatives of the lawless leader allegedly have avenged him through killing the fishermen who used to give intelligence information to the military.
On the other hand, Uy admitted that there are lots of lawless elements operating in the Moro Gulf who extort money from fishermen according to consistent reports.
Uy identified Abu Ariff as a notorious extortionist in the said area who is the main target of their military manhunt operations. -EPJA