Troops capture Abu Sayyaf camp; kill 5 bandits

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:41 p.m.

MILITARY forces have killed five members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as they overrun an ASG camp following a clash in the hinterlands of Basilan province, a top military official reported Monday.

Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade commander Rolando Joselito Bautistta said the clash broke out around 7:50 a.m. in the village of Baiwas, Sumisip, Basilan.

More funds allocated for sanitary landfill project

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:40 p.m.

THE City Government of Zamboanga has allocated an additional P8-million fund to construct a material recovery facility (MRF) and install lighting facilities at the sanitary landfill in Barangay Salaan.

City Engineer Vicente Luis Despalo said the installation of the lighting facilities will enable the sanitary landfill staffs and other stakeholders to work at night time.

Armm strengthens anti-drugs councils

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:40 p.m.

THE Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) is strengthening its anti-drug councils in provincial levels particularly in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa).

Armm Governor Mujiv Hataman said Monday that the move is aimed to address the increasing criminality involving people hooked to the used prohibited drugs in the three provinces.

Grenade blast injures 2 teenagers

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:48 p.m.

TWO teenagers were wounded in a grenade explosion near the residence of an official in an east coast village of Zamboanga City, the police reported Sunday.

Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) Director Angelito Casimiro said the incident took place around 8:40 p.m. Saturday in the village of Buenavista, 54 kilometers east of the city.

Public told: Buy genuine Christmas decors

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:48 p.m.

A TOP official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has advised the public to purchase genuine decorations, especially electrical Christmas lights.

Superintendent Dominador Zabala Jr., head of BFP's Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD), made the advice in a bid to prevent fire incidents as the Yuletide season near.

Cops bag 2 drug pushers

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:48 p.m.

POLICE have arrested two suspected drug pushers in two separate operations in an east coast village of Zamboanga City.

Nabbed were Jose Alabastro, 45, and Ibrahim Jawaji, 34. Both were arrested at Sitio Daap in the village of Sangali, 25.34 kilometers east of the city.

Abu Sayyaf leader, soldier killed in Sulu shootout

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 12:50 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated) -- A soldier and a leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) with a P5.3-million bounty for his arrest were killed while another was wounded in a shootout in the hinterlands of Sulu, a military official said Sunday.

Joint Task Group Sulu commander Colonel Alan Arrojado identified the slain ASG leader as Sihata Muallom Asmad alias Sihata Latip.

City renews traffic ordinance implementation

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 07:06 p.m.

A TOTAL of 387 violators were arrested for jaywalking in the renewed campaign of City Ordinance No. 248 or the Revised Traffic Code of Zamboanga City.

The ordinance includes a provision mandating the proper use of the pedestrian lanes the violation of which tantamount to jaywalking.

Two-day trade fair set

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 07:06 p.m.

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to conduct of a two-day trade fair aimed to provide the low-income earning families the opportunity to buy prime commodities at discounted prices in time for the Yuletide seasons.

DTI Provincial Consumer Welfare and Protection Division Chief Ceferino Rubio said the trade fair, dubbed as “Diskwento Caravan,” will be held from December 4 to 5 at the Plaza Pershing downtown.

Health office marks decrease of dengue cases

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 07:05 p.m.

THE local health office in Zamboanga City has noted that the number of dengue cases decreased by 16 in October 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said they have recorded 61 cases last month, while there were 77 cases for the same period recorded in the previous year.

Police, military told: Intensify security

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 09:17 p.m.

AUTONOMOUS Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) Governor Mujiv Hataman called on the police and military to intensify security measures to thwart atrocities by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan.

Hataman made the call after police authorities recovered anew on Tuesday improvised explosive device (IED) in the village of Colonia, Lamitan City, Basilan.

Slain soldiers’ families receive aid

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has extended P120,000 to dependents of the six fallen soldiers who were killed in a recent ambush in Basilan province, a military official said.

Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer Captain Maria Rowena Muyuela said Engineer Sharif Madsmo Hasim, the project manager III for Saudi-Fund for Development-Mindanao Roads Improvement Project (SFD-MRIP), handed over the financial aid on behalf of DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson.

Head-on collision injures 1

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 09:14 p.m.

ONE person was injured in a head-on collision between a cargo truck and a pick-up type vehicle along the highway in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.

The police said the incident took place around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the village of Lumbog, Imelda town.

1 dead, 5 hurt in vehicular accident

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 06:59 p.m.

TUNGAWAN, Zamboanga Sibugay -- A person died while five others were wounded in a vehicular accident in this town, the police reported.

Senior Police Officer 4 Wacky Tarroza said the incident took place around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in the village of Langon.

Armm holds cultural village competition

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

COTABATO CITY -- A P1 million cash is at stake for the first-ever cultural village competition held as part of this year's 25th founding anniversary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).

The cultural villages were opened Tuesday, November 18, to the general public inside the Office of the Regional Government compound in this city following the unveiling ceremony spearheaded by Armm Governor Mujiv Hataman.

Police recommend additional K9 units

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 06:55 p.m.

THE Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) urged the City Government to purchase five "trained dogs" to enable policemen to activate additional K9 units to strengthen the security of the city.

ZCPO Director Angelito Casimiro said they have the support personnel but they lack the needed dogs for the activation of additional K9 units.

4 killed, 3 hurt in vehicular accident

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.

FOUR people, including a village official, were killed while three others were wounded in a vehicular accident in Basilan province, a police official said Monday.

The incident took place around 9 a.m. Monday in the village of Abong-Abong, Maluso, Basilan province.

Troops capture KFRG member

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.

JOINT police and military operatives have captured a member of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) following a shootout in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police said Monday.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information cfficer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin identified the captured KFRG member as Honrato Encabo, alias Jojo, who was wounded during the shootout.

Bombing attempt foiled

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:55 p.m.

THE authorities have foiled an attempt to bomb a public school in the nearby province of Basilan, the police reported Monday.

The improvised explosive device (IED) was found around 7:50 a.m. Monday at the back of one of the classrooms of the Colonia Elementary School in Lamitan City.

Gunmen kill construction worker

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

A WORKER of a construction firm undertaking the concreting of the Basilan circumferential road was shot to death in Lamitan City, Basilan province, the police said Sunday.

Lamitan City police chief Senior Inspector Gean Gallardo identified the fatality as Argie Quirim, 21, a worker of RDI Construction Firm and a resident of Bangaan village, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte.

5 gunmen rob passenger bus

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

FIVE gunmen held-up and robbed a passenger bus and disarmed a policeman-passenger along the highway in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police said Sunday.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 10:45 p.m. Saturday in the village of Dipala, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

City upgrades traffic lights

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

A LOCAL government official announced the Zamboanga City Government has allocated P9 million to upgrade the traffic lights in three of its major intersections.

City General Services Officer Engineer Rene Dela Cruz said the traffic lights will be replaced with new ones or with state-of-the-art technology.

Teenager dies in fire

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said a 15-year-old teenager has died in a fire early Saturday in Zamboanga City.

Superintendent Dominador Zabala Jr., fire marshal of BFP’s Zamboanga Central Fire Station, identified the fatality as Keneth Pagoragan, 15, senior high school student of Pilar College.

P1.5-M allocated for Christmas decorations

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

THE local government of Zamboanga City has allocated P1.5 million to decorate the different public places in the city this Yuletide Seasons.

City General Service Office (CGSO) head Engineer Rene Dela Cruz said that this year’s funding allocation is higher by P300,000 compared to that of last year which was P1.2 million.

PRO-9 recruits 52 new cops

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

THE Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) has recruited 52 new policemen for Zamboanga City, a top official said.

PRO-9 Director Edgar Basbas said the hiring of the new policemen is part of the continuous recruitment of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Gov’t employee falls in buy-bust

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

POLICE and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives have arrested a government employee in a buy-bust operation in Zamboanga del Norte, a police official said.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin identified the arrested government employee as Gilbert Quines, 46, an employee of the Dapitan City Government.

Abu Sayyaf arrested in Sulu

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 08:43 p.m.

THE police and military have arrested a suspected Abu Sayyaf member who works as a security guard of a commercial vessel in Zamboanga City, the police said Friday.

Rael Muharibil Jumadil alias Abu Mursan Jumadil, a native of the village of Bakkaan, Banguingui (formerly Tongkil town), Sulu was arrested Thursday morning.

18th most wanted person falls

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 08:42 p.m.

THE police arrested the 18th most wanted person in Zamboanga Peninsula Region.

Anjang Abbas, a resident of Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay was charged with various crimes including multiple murder, frustrated murder and theft.

Responsible rice consumption advocacy set

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 08:42 p.m.

THE Office of the City Agriculture of Zamboanga is scheduled to conduct a one-day advocacy campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 18, aimed to promote awareness on responsible rice consumption and serving other staple food as substitutes to rice.

The advocacy is in line with the observance of the National Rice Awareness Month every November pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 524.

3 LGUs receive green banner award

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 08:41 p.m.

THREE local government units have received the green banner award as they were chosen by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) as the Regional Outstanding Nutrition Program Implementers in Zamboanga Peninsula Region.

The Regional Outstanding Nutrition Program Implementers are the following: Zamboanga City, (city category); Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte (municipality category); and Zamboanga Sibugay (provincial category).

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