Gov’t forces rescue kidnapped Fil-Am in Zambo Norte

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Joint government forces successfully rescued the 64-year-old Filipino-American on Wednesday at around 10:30 in the morning after a gun battle with armed men believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in the hinterlands of Barangay Pisa Itom, Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte. During the firefight, the armed men left Triplitt which …

PNP-SAF arrests local terrorist in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY — A member of a local terrorist group was arrested by operatives from the 82nd action company of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force here on Sunday, September 27, in Barangay Recodo. Authorities identified the suspect as Hajili Banah, a.k.a. Hashim Saripada was arrested by virtue of the two warrants of arrest docketed …

DPWH turns over Covid-19 mega isolation facility in Iligan City

DAVAO CITY—The Department of Public Works and Highways on Wednesday turned over the newly completed mega isolation facility in Iligan city to the local government. Secretary and isolation czar Mark Villar announced that a new 120-bed capacity COVID-19 quarantine facility in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte “We opened on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, an additional …

Joint forces neutralize Dos Palmas kidnapping suspect in Zamboanga Sibugay

ILIGAN CITY — A joint enforcement operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Police Office neutralized a suspect of the 2001 Dos Palmas kidnapping incident early morning on Sunday in Sitio Tubigsina, Barangay La Paz, in Alicia town, Zamboanga Sibugay. The joint forces raided the suspected hideout of Furuji …

Duterte plans to visit families of Jolo blast victims- Go

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to visit the families of the victims of the gruesome August 24 bombings in Jolo, Sulu before going back to Manila. Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in an interview Friday said the President wants to personally express his condolences to the bereaved families and visit the soldiers. …

Sulu town stakeholders sign peace pact declaring ASG bandits persona non grata

DAVAO CITY — For the first time ever, the political and civic leaders together with the residents of Patikul town in Sulu signed a peace covenant with the government and military authorities declaring the terrorist bandits Abu Sayyaf in their town persona non grata. The military’s Western Command chief Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan said the …

Zambo City builds P20-M Covid-19 testing laboratory

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A city government-owned testing laboratory for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will be operational next month to help address the pandemic, a health official said Thursday. Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, said Thursday the PHP20-million laboratory that is being built in Barangay San Roque here can perform  300 tests daily. Miravite said …

Trike driver rescues passengers of crashed trainer plane off Zamboanga shore

DAVAO CITY  — A tricycle driver and his friend who was traveling to have his motorbike repaired rescued the four passengers of a trainer plane which crash-landed near the sea wall of Barangay Sinunuc Boulevard in Zamboanga City at around 9:45 am on Tuesday. Mufri Yusop, 24, a Tausug, in an interview with Newsline Tuesday …

PNP, AFP to revisit operational protocols after Sulu shooting

MANILA – Ranking police and military officials on Monday met to tackle proposal to form a board of inquiry that will revisit the operational procedures to prevent a repeat of the shooting incident that killed four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, said that PNP Internal Affairs Service Inspector …