Five Philippine soldiers arrested for looting amid city battle
MANILA (AFP) - Five Philippine soldiers have been arrested for looting during a lengthy battle against Muslim guerrillas, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, in the first such disciplinary action in recent memory.
The soldiers were seen looting on September 20 while their comrades were battling members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who had occupied parts of the port city of Zamboanga for over two weeks, said Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala.
"Soldiers reported fellow soldiers looting... and this was received by higher headquarters. The chief of staff ordered them arrested and investigated," he said.
Zagala said the objects looted by the soldiers, including a firearm and "personal items", were returned to their owners.