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PDEA seizes P13.6-M shabu in Zamboanga buy-bust

Oct 27, 2019 - 10:23 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 9 and Zamboanga police arrest 5 suspects

BUY-BUST. Photo shows the boodle money used by authorities a the drug buy-bust in Zamboanga City on Ocotber 27, 2019. Photo courtesy of PDEA-9

Military scouring Zamboanga peninsula for kidnapped couple

Oct 07, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The gunmen who abducted Allan and Wilma Hyrons from their resort in Zamboanga del Sur have yet to be identified, but the military is looking at the Abu Sayyaf Group because of its history of kidnappings

SEARCH IS ON. The military has created a special task force to search for and rescue Allan and Wilma Hyrons, who were abducted from their resort in Zamboanga del Sur on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gunmen abduct British man and Filipino wife in Zamboanga del Sur

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The victims were abducted from their resort in Tukuran town, local police say

Dapitan ballet family’s students win gold, silver in Singapore competition

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

3 students of the Jete Performing Arts Studio bring home medals from the recent Asia-Pacific Arts Festival in Singapore

Negros island killings have 'very low' chance of spilling over to Zamboanga del Norte – army

Aug 04, 2019 - 1:14 PM

While army intelligence 'said the chances are very low,' according to Lt. Colonel Rufino de Leon, it is still possible for the NPA to create diversionary attacks'

RUFINO DE LEON. Lt Colonel Rufino de Leon, commander of the 97th Infantry Battalion covering Zamboanga del Norte and incoming commander of 5th Cadre Batallion based in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Zamboanga joins country’s triathlon map

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The first major swim-bike-run event in Zamboanga City gets going with the Compressport Hermosa Triathlon on October 13

Zambo Norte congresswoman, husband charged with obstruction of justice

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Prosecutors file the case against Zamboanga del Norte Representative Glona Labadlabad and her husband, Rosendo, the Sindangan town mayor

doy - Sindangan Mayor Rosendo Labadlabad escorts his wife Representative Glona Labadlabad take her oath of office.  courtesy of Rep. Glona Labadlabad's office

Zamboanga del Norte municipal councilor shot dead

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Sindangan Councilor Cicero Gurrea, who topped the last elections, is attacked while driving a jeepney with students on board

SLAIN COUNCILOR. Councilor Cicero Gurrea's jeepney fell into the road drainage canal after he was shot on June 19, 2019. Photo courtesy of Zorayda Mustaril

LOOK: Zamboanga del Sur town upcycles election tarps into school bags

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Repurposing discarded election materials is not a new initiative for the local government of Dumalinao. Before they made school bags using tarpaulins, they also turned election tarps into ecobags following the 2016 elections.

DREAM BIG. In Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, tarpaulins are being upcycled into school bags decorated with inspirational quotes. Photo by Dumalinao LGU

Uy retains governorship of Zamboanga del Norte

May 19, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The winners in the congressional races are Romeo Jalosjos Jr (1st district), Glona Labadlabad (2nd district), and Isagani Amatong (3rd district)

PROCLAIMED. Reelectionist Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy (2nd from left) is proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers on May 18, 2019, after he defeated challenger Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos in a close fight. Rappler photo

Jalosjos proclaimed mayor in Dapitan

May 18, 2019 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) Reelectionist Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos is finally proclaimed as the winner, defeating her challenger, former Dipolog City mayor Evelyn Uy

DAPITAN CITY MAYOR-ELECT. Members of Dapitan Board of Canvassers proclaim Mayor Rosalina G. Jalosjos winner. Rappler file photo

Power back in Zamboanga del Sur town, but canvassing still stalled

May 17, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Vote canvassing is disrupted after 6 unidentified gunmen strafed the electrical transformer that powers the municipal hall

WAITING. Election officials, poll watchers and police wait for the canvassing to resume at the Municipal Hall of Dimataling. Photo by Hanie Lou Baya

Fire hits Dapitan City theme park

May 17, 2019 - 3:24 PM

In a statement, Gloria's Fantasyland says that operations will continue as usual in other parts of the theme park

Photo from Gloria's Fantasyland Facebook page

Fire hits vote counting machines stored in Zamboanga del Sur school

May 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Out of 8 vote counting machines in the holding room of the school, one is burnt. Seven VCMs are immediately secured by responding policemen.

FIRE. A fire strikes the rear of this Grade 6 room in San Pablo Central Elementary School in Zamboanga del Sur. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Climaco defeats Lobregat in Zamboanga City mayoral race

May 15, 2019 - 1:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mayor Maria Isabelle 'Beng' Climaco Salazar enjoys a margin of more than 30,000 votes over rival Celso Lobregat

Darel Uy poised for reelection as Dipolog mayor

May 14, 2019 - 2:13 PM

With 98% of precincts having transmitted results, the PDP-Laban bet and incumbent mayor is set to clinch for a second term

Dipolog City: Will Yebes dethrone the Uy clan?

May 12, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Dipolog City mayoral bet Rolando Yebes challenges his former rival's son, incumbent Mayor Darel Uy

NEXT MAYOR. (FROM THE LEFT) Mayoralty bet Rolando Yebes, under Nacionalista Party seeks to dethrone incumbent mayor Darel Uy of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in the upcoming local elections in Dipolog City. Photos are taken from the candidates' Facebook page.

Judge shot dead in Zamboanga del Norte

May 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Judge Reymar Lacaya of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, is the fifth judge killed under the Duterte administration

KILLED. Judge Reymar Lacaya of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, is shot dead afternoon of Thursday, May 9, 2019.

News anchor Erwin Tulfo declared persona non grata in Dapitan

May 08, 2019 - 7:30 AM

While campaigning for the party-list group ACT-CIS in Dapitan City, Tulfo made remarks about the city that offended the locals

UNANIMOUS. All Dapitan City councilors vote in favor of a resolution declaring news anchor Erwin Tulfo an 'undesirable person' during their session on May 7, 2019. Rappler photo

4 Army soldiers arrested in ambush of ex-Zamboanga del Sur mayor

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The 4 suspects in the ambush of the former mayor of Dumingag town are with the Philippine Army's 1st Infantry Tabak Division

Ex-Zamboanga del Sur mayor ambushed by riding-in-tandem gunmen

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Former Dumingag town mayor Naciancino Pacalioga Jr is ambushed in Bacolod town, Lanao del Norte

AMBUSHED. Dumingag ex-mayor Naciancino Pacalioga Jr is shot multiple times during a road stop in Lanao del Norte. Photo courtesy of One World Award

Zamboanga City under state of calamity due to dry spell

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The city disaster management office and the City Agriculturist Office are proposing P43.8 million to purchase fertilizer and vegetable seeds, as well as buy or rent equipment

DROUGHT. The Zamboanga City council on Tuesday, March 5, passed a resolution placing the city under a state of calamity due to drought caused by the weak El Niño. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Duterte endorses opposing mayoralty candidates | Evening wRap

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:42 PM

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One city, two mayors? Duterte endorses Lobregat, Climaco in Zamboanga

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:13 AM

PDP-Laban stands by its 'official candidate' for the mayoralty race, Celso Lobregat

Photos from official Facebook accounts of Lobregat and Climaco

Cebu town councilor shot dead in Zamboanga del Sur

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Alfonso Donaire IV is the third councilor of San Fernando, Cebu, to be killed by unidentified gunmen since March 2018

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by AFP

Muslim religious leaders call for unity after Zamboanga City mosque blast

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:06 PM

'We call on everyone, Muslims and Christians alike, to maintain our solidarity and harmony as advocates of peace,' says the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula

UNITE. Haji Ridwan Julpali, an elder of Jamaah Tableegh whose 2 members were killed in the mosque grenade attack, appeals to Muslims and Christians to unite for peace. Photo by Derkie Alfonso/The Asia Foundation

Police search for 3 persons of interest in Zamboanga mosque blast

Jan 31, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippine National Police searches for two possible suspects and one possible witness as it investigates the attack

GRENADE ATTACK. A grenade is thrown inside a Zamboanga City mosque where religious leaders were resting on Wednesday, January 30. PNP Zamboanga photo

LIST: Zamboanga City bombings since 2000

Jan 30, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The explosion at a Zamboanga City mosque on Wednesday, January 30, is just one of at least 17 bombings in the city since 2000

Malacañang vows to hunt down 'godless murderers' behind Zamboanga mosque blast

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the mosque explosion is a 'taunting challenge to the capability of the government to secure the safety of the inhabitants in Mindanao'

GRENADE ATTACK. A grenade is thrown inside a Zamboanga City mosque where religious leaders were resting on Wednesday, January 30. PNP Zamboanga photo

2 killed, 4 injured in Zamboanga City mosque blast | Midday wRap

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

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Preacher spared from Zamboanga mosque blast recounts ordeal

Jan 30, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Muslim preacher Sukri Halling says he was up around midnight to get a drink of water when he heard a loud sound

SURVIVOR. Preacher Sukri Halling was outside the mosque to get water when the place of worship, where he and other preachers were resting, was bombed on January 30, 2019. Rappler screenshot

2 killed, 4 injured in Zamboanga City mosque blast

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:54 AM

(UPDATED) Police say a grenade was thrown inside the mosque where religious leaders were resting

GRENADE ATTACK. A grenade is thrown inside a mosque in Zamboanga City where religious leaders were supposedly resting. PNP photo

Ex-Zamboanga Sibugay governor George Hofer dies at 80

Jan 06, 2019 - 5:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) George Hofer, who was elected as Zamboanga Sibugay's first governor in 2001, is regarded as the province's founding father

Photo from zamboanga.com

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill Zamboanga del Sur town councilor

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Sominot town Councilor Romeo Mainar Sr is gunned down in Bobongan village in Ramon Magsaysay town, say police

Woman, child killed in Zamboanga encounter between troops, Abu Sayyaf

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Colonel Leonel Nicolas, commander of Taskforce Zamboanga, says an Abu Sayyaf member was also killed during the clash in Limaong Island

Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula experience power outage

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says the 'intentional toppling of vegetation under the Baloi-Agus 2 transmission line resulted in the loss of power over vast areas in Northeastern and Northwestern Mindanao'

POWER OUTAGE. Northern Mindanao and the Zamboanga Peninsula experienced a power outage on November 8, 2018. Photo of power line by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Zamboanga Customs officials suspended over missing smuggled rice

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:14 PM

A 'visibly upset' President Rodrigo Duterte orders an investigation into 23,015 sacks of smuggled rice that had gone missing

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ex-Zamboanga accountant gets 23 years in jail over fake receipts

Sep 23, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan finds former Zamboanga City account Sylvia Binarao guilty of falsifying receipts from official trips

TRAVEL ANOMALIES. The Sandiganbayan punishes a former Zamboanga City accountant with 23 years in prison. File photo by Rappler

5 dead in Zamboanga del Norte encounter

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) Unidentified armed men abduct a former militiaman and his wife in Sirawai town

Makabayan bloc wants House probe into Zamboanga City rice crisis

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The left-leaning legislators argue the state of calamity declared in Zamboanga City over soaring rice prices is a 'microcosm of the instability of food security in the country'

RICE PRICES. Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity because of a rice shortage that has driven up rice prices. File photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Piñol wants to legalize smuggled rice in Zamboanga-Basilan area

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The agriculture secretary even envisions a 'trading center' for smuggled rice in the Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi region, saying that's the practice there anyway

State of calamity in Zamboanga City until rice prices stable

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde says the city will remain under a state of calamity to help local officials address the problem of high rice prices

RICE PRICES. Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity because of a rice shortage that has driven up rice prices. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Piñol wants special rice imports for Zambasulta area

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The proposal comes after Zamboanga City and Basilan both declared a state of calamity over rice prices reaching as high as P70 per kilo

MORE IMPORTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol wants more rice imports to solve the rice crisis in Zamboanga and Basilan. Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

2 Zamboanga City cops killed in drug buy-bust operation

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:01 PM

According to reports, the two police officers opened fire 'upon sensing that they were dealing with the operatives'

Coast Guard intercepts P3M worth dried seahorses in Zamboanga

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:37 PM

Dried seahorses, locally called kaba-kabayo, are sold in Asian medicinal stores

PRIZED CATCH. Officers of the team which intercepted the cartons of dried seahorses Photos courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

Basilan blast victim dies

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Gerry Inso, a militia man, dies after a week in the hospital

BASILAN BLAST VICTIM. CAFGU member Gerry Inso dies a week after a week in the hospital for treatment for injuries he sustained in the July 31, 2018 Basilan blast. Source photo

Cop behind Tawi-Tawi vice mayor assassination – PNP

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:15 PM

A Lamitan City policeman is suspected to have killed Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali

COP KILLER? The PNP believes a fellow cops killed Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali. Rappler file photo

Walking Rizal’s steps: Where to go in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Experience both a nature retreat and a historical tour in these spots where the hero left his mark

HISTORIC CONVERSATION. This is the estimated spot where Katipunan member Pio Valenzuela shared the group’s plans for armed revolution, and where Rizal advised them to proceed only upon securing enough arms and support from wealthy sponsors. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang/Rappler

Fire razes 60 homes in Zamboanga City

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Three people are reported missing as a result of the fire

Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler