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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Speaking inside Sta Catalina with destroyed and razed houses in the background, Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas said all hostages have been rescued.
The military said there are still pockets of resistance in isolated areas.
A few minutes after the press conference in the area, bursts of gunfire interrupted the silence as government forces continued with their clearing operations.
A fire broke out in Rio Hondo while two Marines were reportedly wounded.
With gun battles now more sporadic, the damage caused by the war is now more visible. With more than 30 hectares of properties destroyed and hundreds of lives lost, the people of Zamboanga need all the help they can get to rebuild what has been called Asia’s Latin City. – Rappler.com
All photos by Karlos Manlupig