Zamboanga City Crisis - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Zamboanga City Crisis


SONA Fact Check: 25,000 still in Zambo evacuation centers

Jul 31, 2014 - 10:00 AM

President Aquino says those displaced by the Zamboanga City siege will start moving into permanent houses in August That s only 45 families at the very least; thousands more have to wait longer

MAKESHIFT HOME. A girl sits under the canopy of her temporary shelter at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Grandstand in Zamboanga City on Sept 11, 2013. File photo by Regine Mendoza/Rappler

Over 200 MNLF fighters move to Metro Manila jail

Dec 27, 2013 - 5:13 PM

The transfer has been approved by the Supreme Court

SURRENDER? The batch of MNLF fighters who supposedly surrendered to the police chief. Rappler file photo

Soldier killed in Zambo given highest military honor

Dec 20, 2013 - 5:36 PM

Private First Class Ian Paquit gets the Medal of Valor He died after he intentionally put himself in the line of fire to rescue hostages He was 21

MEDAL OF VALOR: First Lieutenant Ian Paquit (1994-2013)

Pimentel wants Senate inquiry into Zamboanga siege

Nov 27, 2013 - 10:52 PM

Pimentel s move is a response to a resolution earlier passed by the Zamboanga City council calling on the Senate to look into the siege

DAMAGED. A familiar site at the height of the siege. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Soldiers yet to return looted items to Zambo resident

Nov 05, 2013 - 8:33 PM

Victim Vicente Bebot Guingona uncle of a city councilor says the soldiers could have looted other houses in the combat zone

BURNED: More than 10,000 houses were damaged by fires inside the combat zone. Photo by LeAnne Jazul

Habier Malik 'obviously' dead - Gazmin

Nov 04, 2013 - 4:38 PM

Outgoing Western Mindanao Command chief Lt General Rey Ardo also believes Malik died in Zamboanga during the standoff

MISUARI'S TOP LIEUTENANT: Ustadz Habier Malik led hundreds of followers of MNLF founder Nur Misuari in the Zamboanga City standoff

Cellphone video shows hostages' ordeal

Oct 24, 2013 - 8:24 AM

A cell phone video of MNLF hostages during the stand off in Zamboanga City has surfaced

Zambo crisis: The fog of war

Oct 05, 2013 - 9:49 PM

In 2001 helpless Zamboangeños watched rebels point their guns at children and other hostages About 12 years later ‘Never again’ is the city’s battlecry

COMMAND CONFERENCE: President Aquino meeting with Secretaries Mar Roxas, Voltaire Gazmin, PNP Chief Alan Purisima, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, Western Mindanao Command Commander Gen. Rey Ardo and members of the AFP at the height of the crisis in Zamboanga City. Malacañang Photo

After 'spoilers,' AFP chief looks forward to GPH-MILF peace deal

Oct 05, 2013 - 12:05 PM

AFP chief Emmanuel Bautista says the military is succeeding in addressing these spoilers to shield the peace process against their obstruction

ADDRESSING SPOILERS: Armed Forces chief of Staff Gen Emmanuel Bautista says he's looking forward to the signing of the peace pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Zamboanga council wants Senate inquiry into siege

Oct 02, 2013 - 8:20 PM

Unanimous vote: We need a higher authority to dig deeper into the incident

DESTRUCTION: Series of fires in Zamboanga City damaged up to P200 million worth of properties, according to initial estimates by the NDRRMC. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Site of Zambo siege 'most crime-ridden'

Oct 02, 2013 - 6:02 PM

Perhaps we should look at the problem as an opportunity of transforming them into planned communities says President Aquino

PNP to ask Comelec to postpone barangay polls in Zambo

Oct 01, 2013 - 2:26 PM

Gun ban can stay Purisima says

Day 18: In the battle zone, numbers don't add up

Sep 26, 2013 - 10:48 PM

The military concedes the landscape is more complex than it seems

CAPTURED: MNLF fighters inside the Zamboanga City police station. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Soldiers caught looting in Zambo combat zone

Sep 24, 2013 - 7:18 PM

The 3 soldiers could face court martial proceedings

BATTLE ZONE: Another fire inside the battle zone on the 16th day of the Zamboanga City Crisis. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Day 16: Malik's trusted commander captured

Sep 24, 2013 - 2:30 PM

On Day 16 Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says it s almost over

ALMOST OVER: Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Habier Malik: Trapped in the city he seized

Sep 23, 2013 - 7:18 PM

Overtaken by events Habier Malik is cornered and finds himself caught in a trap

LEADER. Habier Malik, known as the top aide of Nur Misuari, leads some 40 rebels in their final stand against government troops. Photo by Therence Koh/AFP

Rebellion charges readied vs Misuari

Sep 22, 2013 - 7:16 PM

Subpoena was also served Sunday against 29 MNLF fighters involved in the Zamboanga City siege

MISUARI. Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari inspects his armed followers in one of the group's camps in Indanan, Sulu. He declares he is breaking away from the government because they have been sidelining his group. AFP file photo

Zambo crisis could be over today — Aquino

Sep 22, 2013 - 5:17 PM

But security officials are conservative in their projection It s not over until the area is cleared says AFP chief Gen Emmanuel Bautista

ALMOST OVER: President Aquino has left Zamboanga City

Hostaged priest: Still picking up the pieces

Sep 21, 2013 - 11:25 PM

Fr Michael Ufana speaks about his 5 day ordeal with the Zamboanga hostages his friendship with MNLF commander Habier Malik and the promise he failed to keep

BRUISES: Catholic priest Fr Michael Ufana shows bruised he got from wires that tied him with fellow hostages. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/

Soldiers now see remaining rebels in Zambo crisis

Sep 21, 2013 - 6:31 PM

On Day 13 of the Zamboanga standoff 5 MNLF members are killed while 7 soldiers are wounded

HUDDLE WITH THE GENERALS: President Aquino discuss Zamboanga City operations with military and police generals. Malacañang photo

Day 12: When will the Zamboanga city crisis end?

Sep 20, 2013 - 10:46 PM

On the 12th day the crisis in Zamboanga is contained but not over

Day 12: Malik's troops down to 30-40

Sep 20, 2013 - 8:17 AM

6 more MNLF members surrender

'TIRED ANG HUNGRY': This batch of 15 MNLF rebels surrendered to combined forces of military and police on September 19. Photo by LeAnne Jazul

When will the crisis end?

Sep 19, 2013 - 11:28 AM

Residents of Zamboanga City say things are a bit better now but they hope to bring it back to normal soon

BUSINESS RESUMES: Vendors crowd a small marketplace. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

1 soldier killed, 15 rebels surrender

Sep 19, 2013 - 9:58 AM

A sniper kills a soldier and another fire breaks out in Zamboanga City

Day 10: Zamboanga city struggles to rise

Sep 18, 2013 - 9:56 PM

The siege in Zamboanga City continues but on day 10 the city starts to show signs of rising again

PNP considers award for Zambo police chief

Sep 18, 2013 - 6:42 PM

The PNP confirms Zamboanga City police chief Juan Chiquito Malayo was hostaged but recommends an award for him for getting 23 MNLF members to surrender

MAN OF THE HOUR: Zamboanga City police chief Senior Supt Juan Chiquito Malayo. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

Rebellion charges vs MNLF's Misuari faction

Sep 18, 2013 - 5:40 PM

The government has formally charged 70 members of the Misuari faction of the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF It is collecting evidence to charge more rebels

DEBRIEFING. The 23 MNLF members who surrendered September 17 may be allowed to go home to Basilan if proven they didn't participate in the Zamboanga fighting. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Hostaged? Zambo top cop doesn’t look like it

Sep 18, 2013 - 12:12 AM

Zamboanga City police chief Sr Supt Jose Chiquito Malayo says he approached a group of 23 MNLF members asked them to surrender His mistahs knew he d come out alive

HOSTAGED?: Zamboanga City police chief Senior Supt Juan Chiquito Malayo. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

AFP: 70% of battle zone cleared

Sep 16, 2013 - 10:59 PM

It is still a caliberated response for us to ensure the safety and security of civilians

Habier Malik: We're ready to die

Sep 15, 2013 - 8:21 PM

Habier Malik the top Moro National Liberation Front MNLF official leading the attacks in Zamboanga City says he is ready to die

ALIVE: MNLF commander Habier Malik