Businesswoman, niece charged for selling firecrackers in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/21 December) – A businesswoman and her niece were charged by the police for allegedly selling firecrackers in this city which recently passed an ordinance banning the use,… »

Navy recaptures vessel loaded with smuggled rice

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 December) – The vessel loaded with 10,000 sacks of smuggled rice worth P20 million that escaped from the Bureau of Customs’ (BoC) holding area was… »

Fishing boat sinks off Basilan; 25 crewmen rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 December) – A fishing boat sank early Thursday off Basilan province after seawater entered it through a hole on its wooden hull, an official said. Lieutenant Senior… »

Apprehended vessel loaded with smuggled rice disappears at Zambo port

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – Government authorities have launched a search for a vessel loaded with an undetermined amount of smuggled rice that suddenly disappeared at the holding… »

Napolcom official nabbed for extortion in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – Policemen arrested a ranking government official for extortion in an entrapment operation Friday in this city. Arrested was Atty. Macapado Guro, the regional director of… »

30 human trafficking victims rescued, 3 illegal recruiters fall in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 December) – The local police rescued 30 human trafficking victims and arrested three suspected illegal recruiters late Wednesday, an official announced Friday. Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, Zamboanga… »

P6M worth of shabu seized in Zambo apartment

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 December) – Police operatives recovered a kilo of methamphetamine hydrochloride, more popularly known as shabu, with an estimated market value of P6 million from an apartment here… »

P1.5-M shabu seized in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 December) – Authorities intercepted Tuesday a shipment of P1.5 million worth of shabu at the Zamboanga International Airport, an official disclosed. Joseph Ladip, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency… »

Thousands expected to join Zambo City Week of Peace parade  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Peace Advocates Zamboanag) – This year’s 20th Week of Peace celebration will kick off with the traditional grand parade tomorrow, November 27. Thousands of students, government workers, civil… »

Zambo allots P10.5-M for traffic lights upgrade, Christmas decors

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 November) – The city government has allocated P10.5 million to upgrade traffic lights and to decorate various public places this Yuletide season. Engr. Rene Dela Cruz, chief… »

Police: Abu Sayyaf behind Nov. 9 twin blasts in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – The local police blamed the Abu Sayyaf for the recent twin bomb explosions that injured a K9 handler and a bomb-sniffing dog in this city.… »

Teen dies in Zambo fire

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – A senior high school teenager perished in an almost two hour fire early Saturday in this city, a Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) official said.… »

Police: Zambo blasts meant for cops

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – Late Sunday’s twin bomb explosions appeared to be meant for the first responders such as the explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) team and policemen, a police… »

K-9 handler injured as 2 IEDs explode in downtown Zambo  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 November) – A member of the Explosives Ordnance Demolition team was wounded when two improvised bombs exploded 15 minutes apart on Sunday evening at a massage parlor… »

Zambo, birthplace of scouting activity, hosts Boy Scouts’ Centennial Jamboree

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 November) – Zamboanga City, birthplace of the first scouting activity of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) 100 years ago, hosts the Centennial Jamboree that opened… »

58 rescued in trafficking attempt in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 5 November) – The multi-agency Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) foiled a human trafficking attempt here Tuesday, rescuing 58 people in the process. Senior Supt. Angelito… »

Mayor stops works in two housing projects for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 November) – Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has ordered the suspension of construction works in two housing projects for the internally displaced persons or “bakwits” in the city.… »

NHA asks construction firm to “remove and replace” 3 houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/03 November) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has ordered the firm undertaking the construction of 158 housing units for the “bakwits” to “remove and replace” the three… »

Anti-trafficking task force rescues 4 women in Zambo  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/26 October) – Four women from Metro Manila were rescued Saturday noon by the multi-agency Sea-Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF), in an east coast barangay here. Senior… »

3 more of 7 suspected MERS-CoV cases in Zambo City test negative

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 October) – Another three of the seven persons who were suspected to have been afflicted with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) tested negative of the… »

2nd Industrial Park dev’t Zamboecozone’s focus in 2015

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 October) – The Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Zamboecozone) will focus next year on developing the Second Industrial Park at the Zamboecozone area. Christopher… »

Pink Sand

A group of Sama-Bangingi folks living near the famous pink sand beach (photographed 21 October 2014) in Sta. Cruz Island off Zamboanga City are worried that the community-based eco-tourism project… »

3 of 7 suspected MERSCoV carriers in Zambo test negative of disease

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 October) – Three of seven persons from this city who were suspected of having the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) tested negative of the disease, the… »

Cell sites shut down for Fiesta Pilar rites

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 Oct) — Can’t call or text last Sunday? Here’s why: cell sites were shut down here from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday as a security… »

Fiesta Pilar

Archbishop Romulo dela Cruz leads the celebration of the fiesta mass Sunday afternoon at the Our Lady of the Pillar Shrine in Zamboanga City. Cell sites of all telecommunication companies… »

Alcantara firm sets construction of coal-fired power plant in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 October) – The San Ramon Power Inc. (SRPI) of the Alcantara Group is set to start the construction of its 105-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in this… »

Twister uproots house, destroys another in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 9 October) – A family of three was lucky to escape unscathed when a “moderate” twister uprooted their house and partially destroyed another early Thursday in… »

Yakan Weaving

A Yakan woman shows how to weave native cloth, which is among the products on exhibit at the four-day Zamboanga Peninsula Trade Explosition (Zampex) 2014 that opened Wednesday (8 Oct… »

Zamboanga City folk to mark Christmas, New Year without firecrackers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/02 October) – Starting this year, residents will have to find other ways to celebrate Christmas and welcome the New Year with the passage of an ordinance that… »

Rent-a-coffin launched next month in Zambo City barangay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 September) – Rent a coffin? A barangay where half of the population is poor, according to its barangay captain, will launch next month “Punerarya sa Barangay, Rent-a-coffin”… »

DTI sets trade exposition in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 18 Sept) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is holding a four-day trade fair in this city that will feature this region’s finest products.… »

18 Zambo construction workers downed by food poisoning

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Eighteen construction workers were downed by suspected food poisoning after they ate barracuda fish for breakfast and lunch Tuesday. Gilbert delos Santos, one… »

“We will Rise!” is theme of year after Zambo siege commemoration

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 September) – “We will Rise!” is the theme chosen by the Archdiocese of Zamboanga to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 9, 2013 siege that led… »

PEACETALK: MNLF siege a year after: The task of peacebuilding

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 Sept) — Nobody wins in a war, it has been said. And a year after the shocking attack of Zamboanga City by the Moro National Liberation Front… »

Japanese company to invest in Zamboecozone

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – A Japanese firm engaged in the processing of coconut by-products is set to invest millions at the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority and Freeport… »

8 would-be trafficking victims rescued in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/23 August) – Eight would-be victims of human trafficking were rescued here Thursday by policemen backed by operatives of the multi-agency Sea-Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF). They… »

Task group formed to solve Zambo trader’s abduction

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/20 August) – A task group has been activated to address the abduction of a businesswoman seized here Monday evening by gunmen believed to be members of a… »

Gunmen seize businesswoman in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 August) – Gunmen clad in camouflage uniforms seized a businesswoman here Monday evening, while her husband managed to escape from the suspects, police said. Abducted was Michelle… »

DSWD to build more bunkhouses for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 August) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is constructing additional 30 bunkhouses for the evacuees who are housed at the city sports complex. City… »

2,166 dengue cases in Zambo from January-July 2014

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 August) – The City Health Office recorded 2,166 dengue cases with 15 mortalities January to July this year, a health official disclosed. City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin… »

Houses on stilts for Zambo “bakwits” to be built through bayanihan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 August) – Two hundred houses on stilts for Sama de Laut families will be built through bayanihan (communal effort) led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)… »

Deaths among Zamboanga City ‘bakwits’ climb to 155

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 August) – The number of deaths among residents displaced by the 20-day standoff in September last year had reached 155 prompting humanitarian groups and health officials to… »

Close to 60,000 voters in Zambo City delisted

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 August) – A total of 59,864 names were removed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after the poll body cleansed the list of voters for this city.… »

4 human trafficking suspects charged in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 August) – Four suspected illegal recruiters were charged Tuesday for violation of Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Person Act of 2012, a police official… »

Sellers, buyers of relief goods for Zambo ‘bakwits’ warned

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/06 August) – The local government warned it will file criminal charges against persons who will be caught either selling or buying relief goods intended evacuees in this… »

Multi-agency task force rescues 13 would-be trafficking victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – The multi-agency Sea-Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) on Monday rescued 13 would-be human trafficking victims and arrested four alleged illegal recruiters in… »

Zambo health office conducts anti-measles vaccination for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/05 August) – The City Health Office is conducting mass vaccination against measles at the evacuation centers and transitory sites that house thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)… »

Zambo City files intrusion complaint against MILF members

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – The city government has filed a complaint for intrusion against alleged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members before the Office of the Presidential… »

NHA rushes completion of houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 August) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has committed to complete the construction of 45 duplex loftable units by the end of this month at Martha Drive,… »

Zamboanga City identifies beneficiaries of housing aid for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 August) – The Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD) announced that 8,323 families displaced by the 20-day standoff between government forces and members of the Moro National… »

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