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ARMM provides relief aid to 20,000 in Sulu

Zamboanga City — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government has  extended relieved assistance to about  20,000 individuals in Sulu province who were affected by the on-going military offensive against members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the  province. Sulu Gov. Abdusakur “Totoh” Tan II said  the displaced number 5,610 in Patikul town: 6,605 in Maimbung: 2,000 in Indanan: 5,565 in Parang and 145 in Panamao. “The affected individual could reach more than 20,000 by now, since the military  continues their mortar shelling in the direction of the ASG camps in the province. The military action has  left at least 32 of them dead and many injured since August 29,” Tan said. Tan said the government has intensified its military operations against the ASG in Sulu following orders from President Rodrigo …

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Bomb jokes? They’d cost you P40K, 5 years in jail

Zamboanga City — “Refrain from making and spreading through text messages bomb jokes as this can jailed them for five years and a fine of about 40,000,” Zamboanga City 1st District Rep. Celso Lobregat said after noting that some bomb scare text messages have circulated the city in the days after the September 3 bombing in Davao City. Lobregat said that violators of Presidential Decree No. 1727 will be arrested and jailed for five years and fine of about P40,000 for making such joke that may lead the public to be scared and confused. He said that the public should take this issue seriously and should be responsible enough to tell their families and friends not to make fun with this “bomb joke or bomb scare” in any manner for that matter. He …

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Zamboanga City not a dumping ground for ‘scalawag’ policemen – Rep. Lobregat

Zamboanga City – “Hindi namin kailangan ng basurang pulis, mas kailangan namin ng matitinong pulis sa Zamboanga City.” This was the strong statement issued by Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat to officials of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) attending the  2017 budget hearing the other day at  the House of Representative. Rep. Lobregat was speaking to DILG Secretary Mike Sueno and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on the proposed move to transfer “police scalawags” from Luzon to the Zamboanga peninsula region. Rep Lobregat, vice chairman of the Committee on Appropriation in the House of Representatives, said Zamboanga City needs disciplined policemen, and those who are a menace to society. “Transferring policemen involved in drugs from Luzon to Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi is not solving …

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Zamboanga City on edge

Zamboanga City – More  military troops are arriving in Zamboanga to augment the existing forces stationed here as part of pre-emptive security measures being implemented by the military and police authorities in this city. City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco yesterday said the city’s vast shorelines are also being secured by naval and coast guard assets in an effort to safeguard the residents and the city. Climaco also called on police and military authorities in this city  to exhaust all possible  means to prevent criminal elements from carrying out their plans in the city. “We have the land, air and sea assets. We ask for support and cooperation of our constituents, as security measures entail the support of all,” the chief executive said. Climaco said: “My instructions to the police and the military, do not …

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Military seizes 3 ASG speed boats in Sulu

Zamboanga City — Troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) intercepted three speedboats, believed to be owned by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), off  Maimbung Bay in  Sulu,  as navy continued to implement a blockade to keep members of the bandit group from piercing a dragnet around the island. JTFS Commander Brig. Gen. Arnel B. Dela Vega said soldiers intercepted the three speedboats, which had expired registrations and permits to operate, at the sea tri-border areas of Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. The speedboats were allegedly being used by the ASG to conduct kidnapping activities in the area. Dela  Vega  said  the M/B Lingisan  and M/B Fumacho, were equipped with  two  200-horsepower outboard motors, while M/B Emperor had three  200-horsepower outboard engine motors that can rev up to speeds of more than 30 …

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New NGCP power substation starts operation

Zamboanga City  – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)  has energized  the  Opol Sub-station in Misamis Oriental,  which will  cater to the power needs of Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City. Regional Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Officer – North Mindanao Beth A. Ladaga said that the Misamis Oriental I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MORESCO I) and Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO) will be the main benefactors of the completed substation. Ladaga said  the facility will also address load growth in the area, which increased since the opening of the Laguindingan Airport in CDO in 2013.NGCP logo “With the newly-installed 75-MegaVolt Ampere (MVA) transformer, the Opol Substation is  now compliant with the N-1 requirement of the Philippine Grid Code, which is the ability of the grid to withstand a major system disturbance through a back-up equipment …

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WestMinCom warn ASG protectors in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Armed Forces of the Philippines -Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) has warned the people of Sulu and Basilan province not to “harbor or give protection” to any members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as the military is serious in eliminating the ASG including all those that are giving protection to the bandits. AFP-WestMinCom Chief Lt Gen Mayoralgo dela Cruz said Tuesday “Kung sinuman ang humarang o tumulong sa ASG, sasagasaan kayo ng mga sundalo ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).” Dela Cruz said the intensive military operations will continue in Sulu and in Basilan aimed to liberate the two province from ASG infestation and bring normalcy to the island and peace to the people in the two island provinces. “What you see is just the tip of the …

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Zambo BOC surpasses target collection

Zamboanga City – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has exceeded its target collection by over P26 million for the first seven months of this year, becoming the only BOC district office in the country to meet and surpass its target. BOC District Collector Engr. Benhur Pinda-Asia Arabani yesterday said the local BOC here has collected P125,835,300 million for the first seven months of this year as against its target goal collection of only P99,743,000 million. According to Arabani, his district needs only about P49,175,700 million to meet the P175,011,000 million target collection for the entire year. He explained that the bulk of collection of his district came from taxes levied on basic and non-basic commodities, cement products, construction materials, liquefied petroleum products (LPG) and logs importation from Malaysia and Papua New Guinea by …

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Abu Sayyaf leader, 10 others killed in fresh Sulu offensive

Zamboanga City – A sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf (ASG) whose group abducted three foreign nationals and a Filipina from a resort in Samal Island, Davao del Norte last year was killed along with 10 other bandits during a military offensive in Patikul, Sulu yesterday morning. Army Major Filemon Tan Jr., spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) identified the ASG sub-leader as Mohammad Said alias “Ama Maas” who has five standing warrants for murder. Troops belonging to the Joint Task Force Sulu  were searching the forests of Patikul for bandits following the “seek and destroy” directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte against the Abu Sayyaf  when they ran into about 100 bandits at Sitio Makaita , Barangay Bunkaong in Patikul at about 6:10 a.m. yesterday resulting in a 45-minute gunbattle. When the …

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Rody deploys fresh troops to Sulu to crush bandits after ASG beheads 19-year-old

Zamboanga City – Angered by the beheading of a 19-year-old hostage Wednesday after his family failed to raise the P1-million ransom demand, President Duterte ordered the deployment of fresh troops to the jungles of Sulu to “seek out and destroy” the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). “My orders to the police and to the armed forces… seek out (all enemies of the state). Seek them out in their lairs... and destroy them. Ang mga droga, destroy them. Ang mga Abu Sayyaf destroy them. Period,” the President said. ASG bandits led by Muamar Askali beheaded Patrick Jhames Almodavar, 19 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday in the forests of Indanan, Sulu after his family failed to raise the P1-million ransom demand. Four hours later, Maj Filemon Tan Jr. spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) …

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