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Possible surrender by Maute recruits could end war sooner

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Intense fighting and heavy bombardment trigger surrender feelers from the enemies according to the military

BLACK SHIRTS. The Maute Group was able to recruit among Marawi residents to fight for a caliphate in Mindanao. Photo from @RickoDima

59 men suspected to be Maute rebels released

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:16 PM

State prosecutors dismiss complaint of rebellion against 59 Muslim men in Zamboanga City

MARAWI CRISIS. A Marine Fire Support armored vehicle passes through the Mapandi district as it pulls out from the main battle area in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler


Hidilyn Diaz misses SEA Games, looks forward to 2019 edition

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:58 PM

The 26 year old was denied a chance to give the Philippines a gold medal after host Malaysia scrapped women s weightlifting from this year s Southeast Asian Games

MISSING SEA GAMES. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz admits she misses the SEA Games atmosphere. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

4 dead as landslide sweeps village in Zamboanga Sibugay

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:00 PM

A mountain collapses in Kabasalan town in Zamboanga Sibugay province after heavy downpour brought by Severe Tropical Storm Isang

SWEPT. Rescuers are conducting retrieval operations as 4 residents were buried alive in a landslide, Tuesday morning, August 22. Photo from LDRRMC Kabasalan

Cebu Pacific to launch flights from Zamboanga to Sandakan, Malaysia

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Now the previous 14 hour travel by sea is cut down to just a 40 minute airplane ride says Cebgo president and CEO Alexander Lao

NEW ROUTES. Cebu Pacific announces 4 new routes, including its first international route out of Zamboanga City. File photo courtesy Cebu Pacific

3 Zamboanga workers escape Abu Sayyaf

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:42 PM

Jason Pon Vailoces Joel de Meza Adanza and Filemon Francisco Guerero Jr were taken from their construction barracks on July 15 and threatened with beheading

WATCH: Extraordinary 'mani' in Pagadian City

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:39 AM

What makes ordinary mani extraordinary?

PRIDE OF PAGADIAN. A new specialty of Pagadian is now starting to make its name within the locals and tourists.

Coast Guard intercepts passenger carrying P8.95 million in cash

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM

A certain Isnaji Sajail is apprehended after an x ray technician reported the box he was carrying during baggage inspection

Gov’t troops 'neutralize' 2 Abu Sayyaf members in Mindanao

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Ibno Moro is in Tawi Tawi s list of most wanted while Abdulmubin Kudalat Salamuddin is a bomb expert says the military

'NEUTRALIZED.' Ibno Moro, who has a standing warrant for murder, is neutralized on July 15. Photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command

Marawi battle zone: Urban warfare challenges PH military

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

It’s a lot like the siege of Zamboanga City in September 2013 – but much worse

Hapilon's close aide arrested in Zamboanga City

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Hamsi Amajad Marani of the Abu Sayyaf Group is a bomber trained by an Indonesian Jemaah Islamiyah bomb expert says the military

ARRESTED. Abu Sayyaf Group member Hamsi Amajad Marani is arrested in Zamboanga City by military and the police on June 17, 2017. Photo from Western Mindanao Command PIO

How Brigada Eskwela changed a Zamboanga Sibugay community

May 16, 2017 - 6:00 AM

On the first day of Brigada Eskwela on Monday May 15 at least 800 parents and students participate in the activity in Ipil National High School This number significantly surpassed last year’s first day registration

ONE COMMUNITY. Brigada Eskwela volunteers line up to register for the activities in Ipil National High School in Zamboanga Sibugay. Photo by Jieven Santisteban/ Rappler

3 women rescued at Dipolog cybersex den

Apr 29, 2017 - 11:10 PM

NBI agents seize from the den a laptop and fake ID cards belonging to the operator who was not there at the time of the raid

RESCUED. Three women are rescued from a cybersex den in Dipolog City on April 28, 2017. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Zambo’s Pague clinches Palarong Pambansa 2017 tennis gold

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:41 PM

After winning the silver medal last year in the same category Zamboanga Peninsula’s Jose Maria Pague beat Negros Island Region;s Ibarra Ortega with a score of 8 3

SMASH. Jose Maria Pague wins the gold medal for tennis in the individual boys event for secondary. Photo by Bea Mae Punongbayan/Rappler

Zamboanga Peninsula tennis player aims for Palaro gold one last time

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:21 PM

In Antique Jose Pague and his group from Zamboanga Peninsula win a gold in the team competition of the secondary boys division

ALL SMILES. Jose Pague wants to enjoy his time at Palarong Pambasa 2017 as he aims for the gold one last time. Photo by Fidel Feria/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Cooking up strength for Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 26, 2017 - 2:07 PM

This is the story of the dedication behind each bite for the athletes of Region IX

SLICES OF ENERGY. Chunks of locally grown vegetables are tossed into a wok to make up a delicious, stir-fried dish suited for competing athletes.

SPED coach: 'Understand, be patient with special athletes'

Apr 25, 2017 - 9:52 AM

A number of unsung heroes will be working behind the scenes in the Palarong Pambansa 2017 They are the SPED athletes’ coaches and mentors like Stephanie Cedanio

UNSUNG HEROES. Coaches of SPED athletes are just some of the unsung heroes in Palarong Pambansa 2017

Zamboanga farmer grows 'rainbow corn'

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:18 PM

Known as glass gem corn in Central America the rainbow corn variety is introduced in Zamboanga by farmer Mark Basaluddin

FIRST FRUITS. Mark Basaluddin's first harvest yielded rainbow corns like the following. Photo courtesy of Mark Basaluddin

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 28, 2017

Mar 28, 2017 - 9:42 AM

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Once PH's poorest, town literally draws path out of poverty

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Siayan Zamboanga del Norte was once the Philippines poorest municipality But 7 years ago the town came together and literally drew a plan for their future

WELCOME. The entry to the town of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte, 120 kilometers southwest of Dipolog City. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

'Duterte' couple abducted in Zamboanga del Norte

Mar 04, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Authorities have yet to determine if Jose and Jessica Palma Duterte are related to the President

Zamboanga City bus shooting raises fear among students

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The bus route is used by over 5 000 students from nearby Zamboanga del Norte Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur provinces studying in the city

ATTACKED. Authorities say the suspects used M16 rifles to attack the bus. Photo from Beng Climaco's Facebook Page/ Amplifier Conam

News Briefs: February 15, 2017

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday February 15

'Totoy', the hitman: From 'kodaker' to killer

Feb 11, 2017 - 11:12 AM

Rolly Daligdig tells the House committee on dangerous drugs he shifted from being a photographer to being a hitman upon the prodding of a police officer

THE HITMAN. Rolly Daligdig narrates how he got involved in extrajudicial killings before a House panel on February 7, 2017. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Hitman tags cops, Uy family in Zamboanga del Norte drug trade, killings

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Rolly Daligdig claims to be a member of a syndicate tasked to kill its patrons political and drug trade rivals

JALOSJOS AND TEVES. Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos (left) and Representative Arnulfo Teves Jr. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

WATCH: What makes Pagadian tricycles unique

Jan 23, 2017 - 10:24 PM

The unique structure of the tricycles in Pagadian City allows drivers to ride through the city s hilly terrain

#NSPC2017: Over 5,000 campus journalists say 'no' to fake news

Jan 23, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The annual journalism competition for elementary and high school students kicks off in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province

MAKE NOISE. Delegates from Region X enter with a bang at the opening of the National Schools Press Conference 2017. Photo by Vina Salazar/Rappler

7 dead after heavy rains in Zamboanga del Norte

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Seven people are now reported dead in Zamboanga del Norte with one person reported missing

FLOOD. Residents wade through chest-deep flood water in Roxas town in Zamboanga del Norte to reach higher ground. Contributed photo

Battle-seasoned general new chief of key Mindanao command

Jan 17, 2017 - 1:13 PM

UPDATED Major General Carlito Galvez Jr is appointed the new chief of the Western Mindanao Command as the military sets an ambitious timeline to crush local threat groups Abu Sayyaf and Maute Group by June 2017

Former Zamboanga del Sur mayor faces malversation charges

Jan 10, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Wilson Kitty Nandang also faces murder and drug charges for the death of his political rival and the latter s family in 2013

8 fishermen shot dead off Zamboanga

Jan 10, 2017 - 10:57 AM

4th UPDATE Task Force Zamboanga says the fishing boat with 15 crew members was attacked in the vicinity of Siromon Island in Zamboanga City

Army detachment in Zamboanga del Norte attacked, 130 residents evacuated

Jan 04, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Authorities believe the attackers were rogue members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF

WAGAN. Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Director Edwin B. Wagan. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Suspected Abu Sayyaf sub-leader arrested in Zamboanga

Dec 27, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Hairulla Asbang who was wounded in a previous encounter with government troops is captured inside a hospital

Army officer, soldier shot dead in Zambo ambush

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:37 PM

Gunmen attack a military vehicle in Danas Zamboanga del Sur

Court unseats another town mayor in Zamboanga del Norte

Nov 09, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Lorrymir Adaza has been declared as the duly elected mayor of Mutia town after a recount showed him 8 votes ahead of Mayor Arthur Tenorio

UNSEATED. Mayor Arthur Tenorio in his office at the Mutia Municipal Hall. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Court unseats Zamboanga del Norte mayor

Nov 01, 2016 - 8:50 AM

A court nullifies votes in one of the barangays in the town of Polanco reversing the mayoral election result by just 6 votes

Unseated Mayor Evan Hope Olvis confers with his lawyer, Michael Ajoc. Photo courtesy Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte officials clash over quarry operations

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The Provincial Engineering Office has been extracting sand and gravel at a stream in Dapitan’s remote Barangay Aseniero without a permit

CONTESTED OPERATIONS. The issue stems from the extraction conducted by the Provincial Engineering Office at a stream in Dapitan’s remote Barangay Aseniero since July 2014. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

House panel to probe drug trade in Zamboanga del Norte

Oct 15, 2016 - 6:34 PM

The House committee on dangerous drugs will hold public hearings in the province following the testimony of a convicted cop at the congressional inquiry into the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison

US embassy denies pulling out of Zamboanga City

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Embassy: There was a regular change of equipment recently not a pullout

In this file photo, an American soldier guards a US Air Force C-17 Globe Master transport plane carrying the first batch of US Special Forces trainers and equipment upon arriving at Zamboanga city airport from Okinawa, Japan, 20 February 2003. Stringer/AFP

Zamboanga del Norte gov: I’m a drugstore owner, not a drug lord

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:47 PM

Suspended Governor Roberto Uy challenges congressman Seth Jalosjos to a debate after the latter links him to drug trade inside Dipolog City jail

ROBERTO UY. Governor Roberto Y. Uy (center) answers questions from journalists while flanked by Provincial Spokesman Praxides Rubia and Dipolog City Councilor Cyril O. Ruiz. (Provincial Information Center)

Smart and Sun to shut down mobile services in Zamboanga City

Oct 01, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Smart and Sun will shut down mobile services in Zamboanga City today October 1 from 3 to 6 pm for the opening of Hermosa Festival

Coast Guard seizes P5-M shipment of shark parts, butanding tails

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:42 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard confiscates the illegal cargo in Zamboanga City

Top drug suspect in Zamboanga del Norte shot dead on his way to court

Aug 19, 2016 - 2:39 PM

At the meeting of the Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council last August 9 the PDEA complained that RG Guico continued to transact business despite being in jail

Zamboanga Hall of Justice Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz receives P500K incentive from Zamboanga City - report

Aug 12, 2016 - 5:38 PM

The Olympic silver medalist had previously been granted separate bonuses of P5 and P2 million pesos

Abductions continue: Family kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay

Aug 06, 2016 - 7:54 PM

A group of armed men kidnap a government employee his wife and their child in Barangay Kulisap Payao in Zamboanga Sibugay

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Sandiganbayan charges Zamboanga Rep Cerilles with graft

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Representative Aurora Cerilles is charged because of alleged irregularities in a contract she approved in 2008 when she was governor

AURORA CERILLES. Image from Facebook.

Dapitan City racing against time to save heritage structures

Aug 01, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Historic Dapitan City where Dr Jose Rizal spent his final years needs help from the national government and the private sector to help preserve its Heritage Zone

CASA REAL. Jose Rizal lived here from 1892 to 1893.

How can you help AdZU recover from the fire?

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:10 PM

UPDATED The public can help the AdZU community recover from the losses caused by the fire last July 7 by sending donations

FIRE. A huge fire ravages one of the oldest structures in Ateneo de Zamboanga. Photo courtesy of Shalini Dalis/ Rappler

Fire hits Ateneo de Zamboanga

Jul 07, 2016 - 9:06 AM

3rd UPDATE The fire hit the oldest structure in the campus Brebeuf Gym which was built in 1949

A huge fire ravages one of the oldest structures in Ateneo de Zamboanga. Photo courtesy of Kaelel Bilang/ Rappler

Reelected Zamboanga del Norte governor gets 3-month suspension

Jun 21, 2016 - 5:48 PM

Reelected Zamboanga del Norte governor Roberto Uy is ordered suspended for 3 months for the illegal dismissal of 6 provincial employees

SUSPENDED. The Ombudsman orders the suspension of re-elected Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy. Photo from Zamboanga del Norte provincial information office