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House bill filed to increase ZCMC’s bed capacity to 800

Zamboanga City — 1st District Rep. Celso Lobregat is seeking an increase in the bed capacity of  the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) from 500 to 800  to better serve the medical needs of  residents of the city as well as the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Lobregat said that the  ZCMC also serves as the principal hospital  of the Zamboanga peninsula or Region 9 and  for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). According to Lobregat, House Bill No 3750 which he filed  at the Lower House   seeks to increase the bed capacity of the ZCMC by 300. Dr. Romeo Ong of ZCMC,  together with the unit heads recently briefed Lobregat on the present status  and condition of the  ZCMC  including the present  needs of the hospital and  other pressing concerns. During …

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2 ASG bandits arrested near Zambo Hermosa Festival site

Zamboanga City – An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandit with a P5.3 million bounty on his head, together with a cohort  were arrested in this city by police authorities Friday night, few  meters from  the site of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival. Police Regional Office for Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) Director Chief Supt. Billy Beltran  identified the  arrested ASG members as Abdul-latip Talanghati y Suwaling, also known as Latip Sihata and  Tatang, 64, and Albashrie Talanghati y Sata alias  Tagalog and  Abu Tarik. Both are residents of Luuk, Tongkil, Sulu. Abdul-latip Talanghati has a P5.3 million bounty on his head and has been linked to the Sipadan kidnapping  in 2000 in Sabah, Malaysia. Beltran said police manhunt operations were carried out by combined elements of the Regional Intelligence Division- Regional Special Operation Group 9 led by …

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Cops foil ASG mission to create havoc in Zambo, arrest 3 members

Zamboanga City — Three members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were arrested by the police Monday afternoon at a pension house, while the city was in the middle of celebrating the Feast of Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar which attracts large crowds from around the country. The mission of the three men was to create havoc in the city and to kidnap a wealthy Filipino-Chinese trader, police said. The three men were under Jolo-based Commander Alhapsi Misaya who is involved in many incidents of kidnapping foreigners and bombing incidents in Zamboanga City and other neighboring provinces. Police Regional Office for Zamboanga peninsula (PRO-9) Director Chief Supt Billy Beltran identified the arrested ASG members as Abdel Dela Cruz, 27, of Jolo, Sulu; Jabar Ignohasim, 24, of Bus-bus, Jolo Sulu; and Abdulla …

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3 ASG members nabbed in Zamboanga

Three Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members who allegedly planned to disrupt Zamboanga City’s ongoing festival were arrested on Monday afternoon, October 3. Authorities said the three allegedly plotted to hurl grenades along R.T. Lim Boulevard and kidnap a wealthy Filipino-Chinese businessman from Pasonanca during the city’s Hermosa Festival or Fiesta Pilar. Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, Zamboanga Peninsula Police Regional Office (PRO-9) director, identified the suspects as Abdel Dela Cruz, Jabar Ignohasim and Abdulla Yusup. The three were arrested at the entrance of the Atilano Pension House at around 2:45 pm. Police recovered a caliber .45 pistol, loaded magazines, hand grenades and bomb-making materials from the suspects. The police said they were under Jolo-based Commander Alhapsi Misaya, who was involved in kidnappings of foreign nationals and bombing incidents in Zamboanga City and other neighboring provinces. Beltran also revealed that Dela Cruz has a standing …

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Abu Sayyaf casualties mount

Zamboanga City – A day after two members regarded as its expert navigators in its kidnapping operations at sea were killed, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) lost two more personnel Wednesday in Panamao, Sulu, the military said. According to Armed Forces of the Philippines - Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) Spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., two bandits were killed when the 35th Infantry Battalion mounted an offensive against the group of Alhabsy Misaya in Barangay Pugad Manaul at around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. Tan said a soldier was also wounded in the encounter. He identified one of the  slain ASG bandits as  a certain Daris, while the other remained unidentified as of press time. The soldier who was wounded was immediately brought to a military hospital in Jolo, Sulu. Tan added that pursuit operations against Misaya and …

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2 ASG kidnappers killed in Sulu raid

Zamboanga  City – Two members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed during a raid conducted by soldiers of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTF-Sulu) yesterday morning in  the town of Pata in Sulu province while  another bandit who was facing seven counts of kidnapping was arrested in this city. Armed Forces of the Philippines -Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) Spokesman Maj Filemon Tan, Jr., identified the slain ASG members as Nixon Muktadil and Brown Muktadil, or more notoriously known as the Muktadil brothers. Tan said JTF-Sulu soldiers raided Tambulian Island off the village of  Daungdung in Pata, Sulu about 5 a.m. yesterday after receiving reports about the presence of the Muktadil brothers. When the troops arrived, a shootout ensued with the ASG bandits being killed in the encounter. According to Tan, the brothers were …

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8 human trafficking victims rescued in Zamboanga

Zamboanga  City – Eight women, who were about to be spirited into Malaysia illegally, were rescued by the police, who were also able to arrest three human traffickers at the Sangali Fishing Area in Barangay Sangali here. Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Director Chief Supt. Billy Beltran said the human trafficking victims and the suspects were already onboard a motor launch when policemen were able to intercept them at around 5 a.m. Wednesday. They were reportedly headed for Sandakan in Sabah Malaysia. Rescued were Nancy Adodang Suerte, 35, of Davao City; Eleonora Salvador Dela Peña 46, of  Laguna; Sheila Marie Baliasteros Cataneda,  26,  of Urdaneta, Pangasinan; Jessel Noquera Catalan, 27,  of Sultan Kudarat : Riza Ordonez Garcia, 40, of Cavite: Jharlyn Montisino Garcia, 25, of Quezon City; and Jennifer Albacite Pagdato, 26, and Primmie Dee …

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Ship from Sabah sinks at Zambo City port

Zamboanga  City — A 1,000 tonnage cargo and passenger vessel, which plies the Zamboanga–Sandakan, Sabah Malaysia route, sunk Thursday night, five  hours after it dropped anchor at the Zamboanga City International Port. Zamboanga City  Port Harbor Master Arthur Nogas  said yesterday M/V Danica Joy 2  of the  Aleson Shipping Lines, Inc.  arrived in this city at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday from Sandakan, Sabah Malaysia, and sunk at 9:30 p.m. while anchored at the T-side port of the Zamboanga International Port here. Nogas said the vessel, with a capacity of 900 passengers and skippered by Captain  Diojenes Saavedra, had just transported 817 passengers to this city when the mishap occurred. No one was hurt because of the incident. Among the passengers were 603 Filipinos, who were deported from the Malaysian state; 159 regular passengers, …

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Tanker collides with navy ship in Zamboanga

Zamboanga City – A tanker with Liberian, M/T Tasco, collided with the support vessel of the Philippine Navy, Monday night, while anchored near the Naval Station Romulo Espaldon in this city. Naval Forces Western Mindanao Rear Admiral Jorge Amba identified the Navy ship as BRP Tarlac (LD 601). Amba said the incident happened at around 7:47p.m., Monday, while BRP Tarlac was anchored 1,000 yards south of the Ensign Majini Pier at the Espaldon Naval Station. The navy ship had just arrived in this city from  Jolo, Sulu where it delivered  the necessary support to  soldiers engaged in focused military operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). According to Amba the MT Tasco was commanded by  Captain Dominador Tanguas Jr., and was carrying 21 Filipinos and the ship’s Ukranian crew. It was headed to Bintulo, …

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Abu Sayyaf releases Norwegian national after family pays P30M

ZAMBOANGA CITY (September 17, 2016) – Leaders of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) operating in Indanan, Sulu released Norwegian national Kjartan Sekkingstad late Friday night after receiving P30 Million in ransom from his family. A military source who declined to be identified said that the family of Sekkingstad paid P30 million in ransom in exchange for the safe release of the victim. The source said that the ASG released Sekkingstad at the village of Buanza in the town of Indanan in Sulu about 8:30 pm., Friday. According to the same source former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Commander Tahil Sali negotiated for the release of Sekkingstad whom the ASG earlier was asking for a P300 million ransom. The MNLF brought Sekkingstad to the residence of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan, ll, and had met Gov …

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