Zamboanga Siege - updates

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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

Air Force sends 1st Filipina pilot for training in the U.S.

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:28 PM

2nd Lieutenant Catherine Mae Emeterio Gonzales, one of the Philippine Military Academy's top 10 graduates in 2017, has been inspired by the air force's victory during the 2013 Zamboanga siege

AVIATION TRAINING. 2nd Lt. Catherine Mae Emeterio Gonzales of the Philippine Air Force was one of the 7 females who landed in the top 10 of the Philippine Military Academy graduates in 2017. US Embassy photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Sana'y hindi maging Zamboanga ang Marawi

Oct 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Dalawang isyu ang matingkad sa karanasan ng Pilipinas sa mga disaster at giyera: kakapusan sa kahusayan at kasalatan sa integridad

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

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

Aquino turns defensive over criticism he lacks empathy

May 26, 2016 - 9:56 PM

Aquino cites his response to Super Typhoon Yolanda and the Zamboanga siege says solving the problem quickly would better ease the suffering of the victims

DEPARTURE PRESSCON. President Aquino answers questions from the media in Zamboanga City, 22 September 2013. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Pro-BBL Roxas hit for 'Muslim na mananakop' line in debate

Mar 21, 2016 - 11:37 AM

The LP standard bearer was answering a rival s insinuations that he doesn t enjoy President Benigno Aquino III s trust

ONLINE FLAK. The ruling party's standard-bearer is criticized for his use of a pejorative term during the presidential debate in Cebu City. Screenshot from the TV5 screen

Mar Roxas: His own enemy

Nov 11, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Defending detailing and deflecting won’t get Mar Roxas to Malacañang

Palace on Syrian refugees: Filipinos are our priority

Sep 20, 2015 - 5:32 PM

Malacañang does not give a categorical answer on whether or not the Philippines will admit Syrian refugees We need to ensure that what we are doing for our fellow Filipinos is enough because they are our priority

WAY OUT. A refugee holds his baby during a demonstration at Istanbul's Esenler Bus Terminal. Many of the refugees seek to leave Turkey, have been living in the country for months, sometimes years, after fleeing the bloody civil war in Syria. Photo by Ovan Kose/AFP

Roxas: 'Highest honor' to be DILG chief

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:08 PM

Mar Roxas the administration standard bearer bids good bye after 3 colorful and difficult years as Secretary of the DILG

DILG NO MORE. Administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II speaks during a 'ceremonial turnover' of the post to Western Samar Representative Mel Senen Sarmiento. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Zamboanga siege: Aquino says Roxas deserves praise

Sep 10, 2015 - 7:24 PM

Two years after a siege that many consider was mishandled by government President Aquino again comes to the defense of his anointed one

WHY MAR? President Benigno S. Aquino III heaps on the praises for his anointed presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II during a 'gathering of friends' in Davao City. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Photo exhibit: A crisis almost forgotten

Aug 23, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Nearly two years since the Zamboanga conflict ended the survival of the IDPs remains affected by crisis situation

 Photo by Veejay Villafranca/ACF Photo by Veejay Villafranca/ACF

5 years of Aquino: Highs and lows

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:05 PM

Rappler looks back at the most criticized and most applauded statements and actions of President Aquino

LAST SONA. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III smiles during a signing ceremony between Philippine's Department of Trade (DTI) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) on business promotion cooperation in Tokyo, Japan, June 2, 2015. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Leadership: We deserve better

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Leaders see the big picture and how everything else fits in They move forward fast enough constantly innovating and looking for innovators thinking there is no time to waste

Muslim migrants in Manila: BBL best option for peace

Feb 22, 2015 - 6:30 PM

We are devoted Muslims We don’t want war Hajji Moh’d Ersad Malli says

DOJ wary about safe conduct pass for Misuari, Kato

Sep 16, 2014 - 6:28 PM

A House panel postpones its decision to invite rebel leaders to hearings on the proposed Bangsamo law over strong objections from Zamboanga Representative Celso Lobregat

Zamboanga siege: Tales from the combat zone

Sep 13, 2014 - 9:45 AM

One year since the bloody siege of Zamboanga City Rappler sits down with soldiers of the Light Reaction Battalion who have stories to tell and lessons to share

Sameer: A Rappler Documentary

Sep 12, 2014 - 12:01 PM

Evacuees are still dying almost one year after the Zamboanga siege This is the story of Sameer Abdulla one of the youngest casualties of a forgotten war

AFTERMATH. Sheila Abdulla arranges Sameer’s papers at Zone A-3J while watching over her second child Sahil, who is now also ill. Photo by Patricia Evangelista/Rappler

Moving on after the war

Sep 11, 2014 - 3:00 PM

They lost their home and their only source of livelihood but they manage to survive by helping themselves

Last 7 Yolanda-hit SUCs still waiting for funding

Sep 11, 2014 - 1:45 PM

A total of P826 5 million has already been released to 28 state universities and colleges

DAMAGED. The gate of Eastern Samar State University survives. Photo by BJ Geronimo

The bigger battle a year after the Zambo siege

Sep 10, 2014 - 12:04 AM

Thousands of people displaced by the conflict are still in crowded makeshift shelters where many have died of malnutrition and illnesses

'Choose life, not death' - Zamboanga Archbishop

Sep 09, 2014 - 5:52 PM

Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo de la Cruz DD tells the people of Zamboanga to continue to choose good over evil and pray for inter religious harmony

In Photos: The Badjaos of Zamboanga one year after

Sep 09, 2014 - 3:22 PM

A year after the 2013 Zamboanga siege Badjao families are brought to yet another temporary home in Barangay Sta Catalina

Former hostages: We are victims too

Sep 09, 2014 - 10:24 AM

A year after the bloody Zamboanga City standoff the hostages are still crying for help

‘We do not want to justify the deaths’ – Zambo mayor

Sep 08, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Almost a full year after the siege of the city Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco admits to the rise in deaths among the internally displaced and says there is much that needs to be done

ONE YEAR AFTER. An internally displaced child looks out from a makeshift home at the Enriquez Sports Complex in Zamboanga City. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

Zamboanga City: Ground Zero a year after

Sep 07, 2014 - 12:33 PM

Residents have yet to rebuild their lives one year after the bloody siege of Zamboanga City

Misuari surfaces to mark 1st anniversary of Zamboanga siege

Aug 27, 2014 - 4:24 PM

Nur Misuari who is wanted for rebellion and crimes against humanity for allegedly plotting the Zamboanga siege in 2013 rallies his supporters to mark the first year anniversary of the MNLF s declaration of independence

Naval detachment to rise from Zambo siege ground zero

Aug 04, 2014 - 10:28 PM

We will be putting up a forward operating base so that threats coming from outside Zamboanga City can be checked says AFP chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr

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

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

United Nations: Number of global refugees highest ever

Jun 20, 2014 - 5:21 PM

The Philippines joins the top 12 countries with new highest displacement figures in 2013

Life is hard for displaced Zamboanga residents

May 12, 2014 - 2:20 PM

The everyday challenge of enduring lengthy lines and sanitation measures in the main evacuation site worsened matters for internally displaced people of Zamboanga

Zambo baller seeks championship for siege-struck hometown

May 08, 2014 - 3:35 PM

Ahmad Didat Hanapi goes from avoiding gunfire in Zamboanga to eluding his defender in Laguna

Zamboanga mayor: We respect Badjao needs, culture

Apr 24, 2014 - 9:53 PM

The city gov t denies it is forcing the Badjao – sea gypsies – to relocate to the mountains Our commitment is to build back better and bring them back closer to their areas of origin

The Badjao of Zamboanga: Victims of war and relocation

Apr 21, 2014 - 9:04 PM

Delays mark plans to build bunkhouses for families displaced by the Zamboanga siege Badjao families have another problem: they have to live by the sea but gov t wouldn t let them

Zambo students graduate despite effect of siege

Apr 16, 2014 - 11:20 AM

Despite the 2013 Zamboanga crisis some students come out of the ordeal carrying a diploma

Zamboanga's valedictorian: 'Our hearts cannot be shaken'

Apr 15, 2014 - 8:15 AM

They lost their homes their parents lost jobs children stopped schooling for a while but Sedimar Suhaili urges his classmates: Trust God this happened for a reason

#AyudaZamboanga: Internally displaced persons need your help

Feb 25, 2014 - 5:35 PM

You can help the evacuees of the Zamboanga siege

PH to double size of elite anti-terror troops

Jan 07, 2014 - 6:49 PM

The military says it saw the effectiveness of the Light Reaction Battalion during the Zamboanga City siege

ELITE TROOPS: Members of the Light Reaction Battalion inside cleared areas of the combat zone in Zamboanga City. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

2013 in Moods

Jan 02, 2014 - 12:55 PM

Your votes on the mood meter pinpointed 4 main moods for 2013

President Aquino's reality check

Dec 31, 2013 - 10:58 AM

The system catches up And it catches fast those who think they re fixing it when they re in fact ducking it

'The real Christmas wished by God'

Dec 25, 2013 - 7:13 AM

This year disasters affected a fifth of our population We celebrate Christmas precisely because of this

VIDEO: Soldier who died in Zambo gets medal for valor

Dec 23, 2013 - 9:55 PM

The Philippine military honors the bravery of soldiers in combat One of those awarded the medal of valor is 21 year old Private Ian Paquit

Bunkhouses given to Zambo evacuees

Dec 22, 2013 - 5:22 PM

This is part of the government’s rehabilitation plan after the siege of the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF last September 2013

Zambo mayor joins 140 soldiers awarded for heroism

Dec 19, 2013 - 6:48 PM

A Medal of Valor award the highest award for a Filipino soldier is expected on Friday December 20

REUNION: Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco worked closely with defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin and military chief General Emmanuel Bautista in resolving the Zamboanga crisis

Zamboanga: The forgotten crisis

Dec 14, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Zamboanga City needs 24 4 million to help 128 000 people who lost homes and livelihood in the conflict but only 3 6 million has come from int l donors

Senate OKs P14.6-B supplemental budget

Dec 04, 2013 - 8:26 PM

Escudero provides a breakdown of how the funds will be used

CALAMITY FUND. The House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 3, approved the P14.6 supplemental budget. Photo by Rappler

Enrile: Miriam cuckoo, inane, obsessive hater

Nov 27, 2013 - 5:11 PM

The Senate Minority Leader cites personal reasons for Santiago s deep seated animosity against him The lady senator vows to retaliate on December 4

'BITTER HATER.' Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile devotes his 30-minute privilege speech to denying Santiago's allegations and personally attacking her. Photo by Joe Arazas/Senate Photo Release

Remember Zamboanga? Misuari's fake UN ally arrested

Nov 26, 2013 - 11:12 AM

Police arrest Daniel Xavier on Tuesday November 26 in Cagayan de Oro City

ZAMBOANGA SIEGE: The standoff between the government and followers of MNLF founder Nur Misuari displaced thousands. Rappler photo

The heroes of Zamboanga: Lessons

Nov 04, 2013 - 8:37 PM

The need for high tech equipment more training – high ranking generals and enlisted personnel are honored for doing urban warfare that the AFP is not used to

WOUNDED PERSONNEL MEDAL: Marine Pfc Eduardo A. Jose. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines