Zambo mayor visits battle zone
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - As residents of Tugbungan frantically left their village amid yet another firefight, their mayor, Isabelle "Beng" Climaco-Salazar, arrived in a surprise visit to the battle zone.
Holding a stray bullet, Salazar listened to village leaders as they briefed her about the latest gun battle in their area.
"Tonight I am going out to check the barangays. We are assuring barangay chieftains that we are here " Salazar said.
Salazar also chatted with the displaced residents, assuring them that they will be immediately transported and relocated.
After Monday's firefight in Tugbungan, at least 100 residents are now taking temporary shelter at the Tugbungan Community Police Assistance Center.
Local government reports said at least 3 residents were hurt by stray bullets this afternoon. The crisis entered its second week on Monday.
Salazar reiterated that classes outside critical areas will resume on Wednesday, September 25. - Rappler.com