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4 rescued after light plane crash-lands near Zamboanga City shore

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:29 PM

The training aircraft bound for Dumaguete City carried two flight instructors, a student co-pilot, and a mechanic. All of them are unharmed, says the Philippine Coast Guard.

RESCUE. The Philippine Coast Guard District in Southwestern Mindanao rescued 4 passengers of a Piper PA-34 Seneca private plane in Zamboanga City on July 7, 2020. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard

Cebu City, more VisMin areas to be on GCQ starting June 1

May 30, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Central Visayas, Mandaue City, and Zamboanga City are also added to GCQ areas after President Rodrigo Duterte initially placed them under the more relaxed modified GCQ

Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. Residents who got their blood extracted for testing will be given five kilos of rice from the barangay. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Despite increase in virus cases, Zamboanga City reduces quarantine status

May 19, 2020 - 9:14 AM

'The battle is not yet over; it is just beginning. Let us not put our guard down (because) the danger has not yet passed,' Zamboango City Mayor Climaco warns

RELIEF. A city government worker distributes relief assistance to Muslim communities in Zamboanga City. Photo courtesy of Mayor Beng Climaco

Albay, Zamboanga City to remain on lockdown until May 15

May 04, 2020 - 7:32 PM

The requests of Zamboanga City and Albay province to extend their quarantine periods is due to an increase in cases in their localities

RELIEF OPERATIONS. Albay provincial government workers handle sacks of rice for distribution to communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Al Francis Bichara

Zamboanga City’s coronavirus cases spike as more inmates get infected

May 03, 2020 - 12:28 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco says 27 inmates and 2 BJMP personnel are the latest to acquire COVID-19, bringing the city's number of cases to 59

Army engineer brigade sets up coronavirus facility in Zamboanga City

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:54 PM

Zamboanga City stakeholders are working together in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease

Zamboanga City reports 1st coronavirus case

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The patient is a 29-year-old male who has traveled from Manila

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

Politics eyed as motive in Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Ali slay

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali was 'being groomed' as the town's next mayor

AMBUSH. Vice mayor of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi, Al Rashid Mohammad Ali is shot dead Wednesday afternoon in Zamboanga City. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Village councilor shot dead in Zamboanga City

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:58 PM

Zamboanga City police confirm that Santa Catalina village councilor Michael Magallanes was shot dead around 7:20 am Saturday, July 7

SHOT DEAD. Barangay Santa Catalina Councilor Michael Magallanes was shot dead early July 7, 2018. Photo from Magallanes' Facebook page

Fire engulfs houses, stalls in Zamboanga City village

Jun 03, 2018 - 11:38 AM

The Bureau of Fire Protection estimates that 50 commercial stalls and 15 houses were gutted by the fire in Barangay Curuan, Zamboanga City

CURUAN FIRE. Investigators continue to look into the case of the fire that engulfed several commercial stalls and houses in Barangay Curuan, Zamboanga City, in the evening of June 2, 2018. Contributed photo

NHA admits design 'failure' in Zamboanga City housing project

May 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Sarmiento slams the National Housing Authority for 'palpak' projects nationwide

NHA general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on Zamboanga City housing project

May 29, 2018 - 10:15 AM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018 - 12:10 PM

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House to probe Zamboanga City housing project

May 15, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Z3R project currently houses families displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga siege

COLLAPSED. The footbridge in Barangay Mariki, Zamboanga City. Photos by Kathy Wee Sit and Vic Larato of the Zamboanga City government

LOOK: Zamboanga City footbridge collapses during officials’ inspection

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:40 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco appeals to the House of Representatives to probe the 'poor state' of NHA's housing project for families displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga City siege

Zamboanga footbridge. Credit to Kathy Wee Sit and Vic Larato/Zamboanga City government

Inmates escape from Zamboanga City jail

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Ten of the 17 inmates who escaped from Police Station 6 in Barangay Tetuan in Zamboanga City remain at large, police say

MUG SHOTS. Some of the inmates who escaped from Police Station 6 in Zamboanga City on April 10, 2018. Photo Courtesy of Zamboanga City Police Office

Decades-old Zamboanga airport transfer study makes progress

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:38 AM

Local officials here have long wanted to move the Zamboanga International Airport due to its proximity to the city center

TOO NEAR. The Zamboanga International Airport's proximity to the city's main district makes local planning a challenge, thus the local government has been lobbying to transport the facility away from the bustling center. Mick Basa / Rappler

Measles outbreak declared in Zamboanga City

Feb 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The health department intensifies its immunization campaign that suffered a setback from the dengue vaccine controversy

OUTBREAK. The Department of Health declares a measles outbreak in Zamboanga City due to low vaccine coverage. Shutterstock image

Zamboanga City wants guarantees it won't be included in the Bangsamoro

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Zamboanga City should never be included in the Bangsamoro, says city Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar

BBL TALKS. The Joint Public Hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law Bills in Zamboanga on February 9, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

WestMinCom awards scout rangers for gallantry in Marawi City fighting

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The 5th Scout Ranger Battalion troops are awarded Gold Cross Medals during their send-off

Photos courtesy of Wesmincom

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Local cops and navy intelligence officers arrest Baser Ahmad based on a warrant arrest issued by a court in Basilan

For UP hopefuls, the struggle starts with UPCAT

Oct 22, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Three senior high school students from Zamboanga prove that the only reason to push through is the unwillingness to give up

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LGU, NGOs step up relief efforts for displaced families in Zamboanga

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:24 PM

At least 3,666 families with 18,330 dependents in 17 coastal barangays are displaced due to the massive floods and storm surge in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City under state of calamity

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) The City Council declares a state of calamity in Zamboanga City which has experienced massive flooding, as well as damage to agriculture and infrastructure, due to heavy rains

CITY DISASTER COUNCIL. Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco presides over the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) meeting. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:55 AM

The lone fatality is a 70-year-old man who drowned while evacuating

Zamboanga mayor denies curtailing press freedom

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco says the city government was exercising its power to ensure that business establishments comply with business permit requirements

ZAMBOANGA MAYOR. Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle 'Beng' Climaco talks to reporters after the flag-raising ceremony at the Zamboanga City Hall on September 8, 2014. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP probes death of man from 'self-inflicted' injuries while in cops' custody

Oct 07, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Police say Eduardo Serino Sr banged his head against the wall of the Zamboanga City police station, and sustained 'fatal injuries' when an iron flower vase he supposedly pushed towards cops fell on him instead

ARREST. Eduardo Serino Sr. during his arrest by Zamboanga City police at RT Lim Boulevard. Photo courtesy of Rosherl Taburnal Lumpapac.

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

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