THE Abu Sayyaf bandits have released the eight-year-old girl they abducted in July this year in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, a military official said Thursday.
Armed Forces information officer Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc said the child (name withheld for being a minor) was released around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the wharf of Jolo, Sulu.
THE City Treasurer’s Office has slapped a penalty against five stall owners who were caught using altered weighing scales while doing business in one of the private markets in Zamboanga City.
The penalty was imposed after a combined inspection team of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and City Treasurer’s Office confiscated five altered weighing scales in a surprise inspection conducted Thursday in at least two private markets in the city.
A MILITIA volunteer was killed by gunmen in a highway robbery in the nearby province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Thursday.
Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sitio Singkilon in the village of Baga, Naga.
TWO people were shot dead by a lone gunman in Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province, the police said Wednesday.
Isabela City police chief Albert Larubis said the incident took place around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday along Tugung Street in the village of Kaumpurnah Zone I.
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has approved a resolution setting calendar of activities for the February 21, 2015 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in the country.
First district election officer lawyer Stephen Cañete said the Comelec, through Resolution 9905, declared that the election period is from January 22 to March 2, 2015.
THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to conduct a one-day nutrition forum for members of the local media and information officers of National Government agencies and academic institutions in Zamboanga Peninsula.
DOST Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano said the forum dubbed as “2014 NUTRICOMNET-IX Media Forum,” is set to be held on November 5 in Zamboanga City.
OPERATIVES of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) arrested a suspected notorious drug pusher and confiscated P363,970 cash believed to be proceeds of prohibited drugs in a west coast village of Zamboanga City, an official announced Tuesday.
The police also arrested six other people and have confiscated 122.8 grams of suspected shabu and a loaded handgun.
MOTORCYCLE-RIDING gunmen have shot and wounded three people, including a village chief in Isabela City, Basilan, the police reported Tuesday.
Isabela City police chief Albert Larubis said the shooting happened around 2:40 p.m. Monday at Valderoza Street in the village of Port Area.
AUTHORITIES have arrested a suspected mid-level Abu Sayyaf leader facing four counts of kidnapping with serious illegal detention case in Basilan province, the police reported Tuesday.
The police identified the arrested suspect as Nasser Usman, a resident of Barangay Tandung Ahas, Lamitan City, Basilan.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has implemented the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (Tupad) in Vincenzo Sagun, Zamboanga del Sur.
Dole-Zamboanga del Sur Head Lourdes Amores said the implementation of Tupad is aimed to address poverty reduction through eco-tourism projects for the benefit the poor and marginalized workers in a locality.
THE Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) is implementing a rationing starting Tuesday, October 28, due to a reduction in water supply from the Pasonanca treatment plant.
ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez said Monday the water rationing will take effect Tuesday, adding that the reduction was due to turbidity problem from the source.
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to provide a boost to the livelihood of an organization of farmers in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.
DTI-Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Officer Ma. Socorro Atay said they are set to release this week a P1.6-million coco coir machine to the Dumalinao Small Coconut Farmers Organization (DSCFO) based in Dumalinao municipality.
TWO suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels were killed in a clash with combined military and police forces in the hinterlands of Davao del Norte, the military said Monday.
Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) information officer Captain Alberto Caber said the clash took place shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday in the village of Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte.
MAYOR Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has ordered the imposition of strict security measures and traffic re-routing scheme during the observance of the All Saint's and All Soul's Days in Zamboanga City.
Salazar said in a press conference Monday that part of the security measures she ordered implemented through Executive Order (EO) BC-81-2014 is the absolute prohibition of bringing backpacks inside the premises of the cemetery.
THE Sea-Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) foiled a human trafficking attempt and rescued four victims in an east coast village of Zamboanga City, the police reported Sunday.
Police Regional Office- Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) information officer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin withheld the identities of the rescued victims, but said that “all (victims are) of legal ages and all from Metro Manila.”
A CHILD drowned while another is missing after they were swept by strong current at a beach in Zamboanga City, the police reported Sunday.
Police Station 3 chief Senior Inspector Joel Tuttuh said the incident took place around 11:40 a.m. Saturday at a beach in the village of Bolong.
A TOP official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Zamboanga City shas advised the public to purchase genuine decorations, including electrical Christmas lights.
BFP Regional Director Senior Superintendent Carlito Oceña said the public must look for the Product Standard (PS) marking and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers to ensure the Christmas decorations they buy are genuine and of good quality.
THE Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) has featured the Merloquet Falls, one of the tourist destinations in Zamboanga City, in its newest special stamp.
Merloquet Falls is located at Sitio Merloquet in the village of Sibulao, 63 kilometers east of this city.
NINE people, including a six-month old child, were wounded in two separate vehicular accidents in Zamboanga del Sur, the police ported.
Wounded in the first accident were Arsenio Abellanosa Jr., 46, Ronelio Rego, 27, Ruel Tamba, 19, and, Ignacio Jovita Jr., 34.
THE Zamboanga City Integrated Port Services, Inc. (ZCIPSI) has acquired two new heavy equipments to boost the firm’s cargo handling capability at the local port.
ZCIPSI President Samuel Simon said the new equipment they acquired include two units of Japan-made China-assembled 3.5 tons capacity forklifts.
ZAMBOANGA police and personnel of the City Agriculturist Office have confiscated 11 engines of unregistered motorized banca east of this city, the police reported.
Police Station 1 Commander Senior Inspector Salvador Galvez said the 11 engines and an improvised compressor were confiscated around 7:10 a.m. Wednesday along the coast of Limaong village, 83 kilometers east of Zamboanga City.
THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) have lined up activities in line with the celebration of the 20th National Correctional Consciousness Week (Nacocow).
The celebration, which reeled off Thursday and will end on October 30, is in line with Presidential Proclamation 551 that declared every last week of October as National Correctional Consciousness Week.
ZAMBOANGA City Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Zamboecozone) chairman and administrator Christopher Lawrence Arnuco said they are optimistic that more investors are pouring huge investments into the Zamboecozone.
Arnuco made this announcement during the Issues in the News program Friday, citing they have at present a total of 19 locators with a committed P13 billion investments.
A DYNAMITE explosion killed a fisherman in an east coast village of Zamboanga City, the police reported Friday.
Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 1:50 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Mampang.
THE Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) Police Station 4 is conducting on Saturday, October 25, a one-day Pre-Hospital Trauma Management and Basic First Responder Assessment Training and Mine Risk Education.
Senior Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Station 4 chief, said the training is aimed to impart knowledge, skills and attitude in responding to an emergency situation during trauma emergency and awareness on exploded ordinance.
ZAMBOANGA del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles has declared war against all forms of illegal gambling and ordered an intensified campaign against all kinds of numbers games in the province.
Cerilles’ order came as he reconstituted last Monday the Task Force on Anti-Illegal Gambling to run after financiers and supporters of all forms illegal gambling in the province’ one component city and 26 municipalities.
A FORMER village official and his son who is a pastor were killed while four others escaped unscathed in an ambush in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Thursday.
Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 8 a.m. Wednesday at Sitio Tiosan in the village of Nasibac, Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte.
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) announced that an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) family from Zamboanga City and from Zamboanga del Norte have been adjudged as the winners in this year’s search for the Most Outstanding OFW Family of the Year Awards (Mofya) in the region.
They are the families of Ladjakaya Abubakar of Zamboanga City, the winner for the land-based category, and that of Captain Anecito Catacutan of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, the winner for sea-based category.
THE Public Employment Service Office (Peso) is holding jobs fair on Friday, October 24, in Zamboanga City.
City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) Officer Socorro Rojas said the jobs fair aims to provide opportunities to job seekers to land employment.
ZAMBOANGA del Sur second district Rep. Aurora Cerilles has led the distribution of social pension and food supplements to members of the senior citizens in the 10 of the 15 towns in her district.
Cerilles said the distribution of the social pension and food supplements is in line with the Elderly Filipino Week celebration that is being celebrated every October.