Troops rescue would-be trafficking victims

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:25 p.m.

FOUR WOMEN illegally recruited to work in Malaysia were rescued by authorities in Tawi-Tawi last Friday and their recruiter arrested, the military said.

The four, identified only as Marilou, Clarisa, Claiza, and Ritz, were aboard a ferry moored at the Chinese Pier in Bongao town, according to Capt. Ma. Rowena Muyuela, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer.

2 NPAs surrender in Bukidnon

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

TWO New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered in Bukidnon ahead of the NPA's 46th anniversary.

The surrender of Ronnie Lino, who is known as Ka Rey to his comrades, and Genden Gutual Jr., known as Ka Jun-Jun, brings to 32 the number of communist rebels that have surrendered since last January in Eastern Mindanao.

UNICEF, Zamboanga sign plan to help evacuees

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE United Nation Children’s Fund (Unicef) and Zamboanga City have signed an agreement for a work plan to provide coordinated, strategic planning for UNICEF’s emergency and development programming in the city.

The memorandum of understanding for the plan was signed Friday by Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and UNICEF Country Director Lota Sylwonder.

600 join Earth Hour in Zamboanga

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

ABOUT 600 people in Zamboanga City took part in Earth Hour, a global call to action to change climate change, last Saturday.

The participants, coming from the different sectors and national government agencies, converged at Plaza del Pilar for the hour-long shut down of power, and song and poetry performances.

Cop, outlaw killed in shootout

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

A POLICEMAN and a lawless group leader were killed in a shootout in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Saturday.

Zamboanga del Sur police director Sofronio Ecaldre said the shootout occurred around 4 p.m. Friday in the village of Benuatan, Dinas town.

BIR to buy P4.4M power generators

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:13 p.m.

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is purchasing four power generators worth P4.4 million to enable the agency to continuously serve its clientele despite the rotational brownouts besetting this region.

BIR regional director Alert Alocilja said one of the four generators is a 500-kilo-volt-ampere worth P3.4 million that will be installed at the regional office in Zamboanga City.

Maritime cops intercept smuggled rice shipment

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

OPERATIVES of the Regional Maritime Unit-Zamboanga Peninsula (RMU-9) have intercepted a wooden-hulled ferry loaded with an estimated closed to a million peso worth of smuggled rice off Zamboanga City.

Senior Superintendent Shepard Reyes said the shipment was intercepted at 5:30 p.m. Thursday near Tictabon village.

Trichograma lab to help Zambo farmers

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:10 p.m.

THE Office of the City Agriculture announced that a trichogramma laboratory has just been opened in Zamboanga City and is seen to serve the local farmers.

City Agriculturist Diosdao Palacat said the laboratory, which is located in the village of Vitali, will help local corn farmers in increasing their harvest with the use of environment-friendly and egg-based parasitoids also known as trichogramma.

Water rationing continues

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

THE water district in Zamboanga City clarified that it never stopped delivering water to transitory sites, specifically Masepla in the village of Mampang, east of this city.

The Masepla Transitory Sites I and II house a total of 898 families consisting of 4,732 individuals, who were among the thousands of families displaced during the 21-day September 2013 siege.

City ready for Earth Hour observance

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

ALL is set for this city’s participation on Saturday evening in the observance of Earth Hour 2015, a global call to action for energy efficiency and conservation.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has issued an executive order which enjoins the residents and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco's) support in this year’s observance of Earth Hour.

Auxilliary force to protect water firm

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:06 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA City Police Office (ZCPO) Director Angelito Casimiro has proposed the activation of a Special Cafgu Active Auxiliary (SCAA) to secure this city’s watershed from intruders.

Casimiro’s proposal came after his personnel have monitored people entering the Pasonanca watershed area from the Zamboanga City-Zamboanga del Norte border to cut down trees.

Armm allocates P8M for Basilan school

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

AUTONOMOUS Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) Governor Mujiv Hataman announced Thursday he will allocate P8 million to build a new auditorium for the Basilan National High School (BNHS).

Hataman made the announcement during the 62nd graduation ceremonies of the BNHS in Isabela City, the capital of Basilan, where he was the guest speaker.

NPAs leave behind dead comrades in Compostela

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

THE body of a slain New People's Army (NPA) rebel was discovered in a remote village of Compostela Valley after he was left behind by his comrades, a top military official said Thursday.

The body was discovered by villagers amid thick vegetation Wednesday at Sitio Totoy in Barangay San Jose, Monkayo.

2 drug pushers fall in Dapitan

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:34 p.m.

GOVERNMENT agents in Dapitan City arrested two men on suspicion of being drug traffickers and seized P15,000 worth of shabu from them, police reported Thursday.

Arrested by a team from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the police were James Gozo, 30, of Gutalac; and Christian Lansang, 29 of Dipolog City.

Customs names new Zamboanga district collector

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:34 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) appointed on Thursday Major Jerry Loresco as acting district collector in Zamboanga City.

Loresco, the Customs investigation division chief in Manila, replaced Miguelfio Saquisame, who was reassigned to the main office.

Fire razes 27 shanties

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:48 p.m.

TWENTY-SEVEN shanties were razed in a 45-minue fire that broke out in Zamboanga City's dumpsite, a Bureau Fire Protection (BFP) official said Wednesday.

Superintendent Dominador Zabala Jr., BFP's Zamboanga City Fire District marshal, said the fire broke out at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at the dumpsite in the village of Lumbangan.

City agriculture office recommends cloud seeding

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:47 p.m.

THE Office of the City Agriculture has recommended a cloud seeding operation this month instead of May to ensure success of the project, which aims to cushion the effect of long dry spell.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat made the recommendation after P4.8 million had been committed for the operation.

10 inmates afflicted with TB cured

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:43 p.m.

THE Zamboanga Hermosa Tuberculosis (TB) Council spearheaded Tuesday the observance of World TB Day at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC) as part of its campaign to raise awareness on the control and prevention of the disease.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said the whole-day activity included sputum smearing, HIV testing on tuberculosis patients, food safety and health seminar, and lectures on health and sanitation and communicable diseases.

Mayor's day benefitted 400 people

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:39 p.m.

A TOTAL of 400 residents have benefitted from the "Dia de Acalde (Mayor's Day) outreach mission Wednesday afternoon in the village of Dita, Zamboanga City.

The outreach mission was held at the Dita Elementary School grounds, where Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar met and joined the throng of residents who availed themselves of the services offered for free by personnel from different local government offices, the Philippine Marines, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

2 dead, 12 hurt in highway accident

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 05:57 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Two persons were killed while 12 others were wounded when a passenger jeepney crashed into a concrete post and fell on its side after it sideswiped a motorcycle along a highway in this city.

Troops in Maguindanao beefed up

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

MORE Army soldiers have been sent Maguindanao, where the military is pursuing Moro fighters linked to the clash in Mamasapano in January.

The 34th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Army's 8th Infantry Division arrived in the province from Samar, said Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay, the 6th Infantry Division (ID) information officer.

Zambo Sur sets P1-B tax collection goal

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:10 p.m.

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Zamboanga del Sur has set a tax collection goal of P1.060 billion for this year, which is higher by P165 million than last year's.

Casan Azis, head of the bureau's District Office No. 92, said the 2015 target represents 16 percent of BIR's regional target collection of P6.57 billion.

Zamboanga hydroelectric plants eyed as GOCC

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:56 p.m.

THE proposal to declare hydroelectric power plants in Zamboanga as government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) is now with the Senate.

Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar revealed the development at the Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting on Tuesday.

NPA member falls

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:58 p.m.

POLICE and military personnel have arrested a suspected member of the New People's Army (NPA) in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Sur.

Zamboanga del Sur Police Director Sofronio Ecaldre identified the suspected rebel as Johnny Anter, alias Bulldog.

3 PMA graduates honored

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:57 p.m.

THREE Zamboangueños, two of whom graduated as topnotchers in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) this year, were recognized and honored by the Zamboanga City Government.

The honorees were Second Lieutenant Genesis Dizon, who ranked top 2 among the graduates; Ensign Steven Tali, top 8; and Ensign Jael Francisco. They belong to the PMA "Sinaglahi" Class of 2015 that graduated last March 15.

City closes evacuation center

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:55 p.m.

THE Zamboanga City Government closed down Saturday, March 21, the evacuation center at the Zamboanga East and West Central Schools (ZEWCS).

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the evacuees were transferred to the transitory site at the property of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI) in the village of Upper Calarian.

Binay eyes Roxas as running mate

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 08:48 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay said he wanted Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II to be his running mate in the 2016 presidential elections.

4 unscathed in grenade attack

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 08:41 p.m.

FOUR people escaped unscathed in a grenade attack in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Sunday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said the incident took place around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at Purok Pasayan in the village of Benuatan, Dinas.

Campaign vs unregistered motorboats continue

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 08:41 p.m.

THE joint campaign of the local government and police against unregistered motorized bancas continues without let-up as part of their effort to monitor and prevent criminal and illegal activities in Zamboanga City's coastal areas.

Superintendent Ariel Huesca, Zamboanga City Public Safety Company chief, said they have confiscated 122 engines and six compressors since September 2014 to until March 10 this year.

Drug bust nets 4 pushers

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 08:40 p.m.

FOUR people, including two women, were arrested in an anti-drug operation in an east coast village of Zamboanga City, the police reported Sunday.

Zamboanga City Police Director Angelito Casimiro identified the suspects as Michael Nodado, 43; Roel Ignacio, 32; Teresita Solamillo, 52; and Nur-Aida Alpha, 30.

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