He thought the president had gone back to Manila so he went to Zamboanga City, with his Jun-Jun in tow, to show the nation that they did not have to wait for 2016 for him to become their Commander in Chief. He came armed with a press release that claimed he had brokered a ceasefire between Nur Misuari and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
“Both sides agreed to stop the fighting while pursuing a peaceful settlement. They agreed to implement a ceasefire as soon as possible tonight,” said Binay when reached by phone at midnight Friday.
But a Cabinet official speaking on background said, “He is trying to insert himself. He’s jeopardizing the safety of the troops because of politicking.”
Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who heads the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), asked the people of Zamboanga “to help defend your communities and coordinate with the police and military. Set-up early warning system and report sightings. We do not want them (MNLF) to get out scot-free. We do not want them to leave with a free pass.”
Binay returned to Manila Saturday night. Empty-handed, except for a tattered unpublished press release hailing him as a hero and peacemaker.