Zamboanga del Norte - updates

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Zamboanga del Norte town police chief arrested for extortion

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:56 PM

Godod town police chief Captain Haran Ulah allegedly demanded P10,000 in 'protection money' from a local treasure hunter

ARRESTED. A mug shot of Police Captain Haran Ulah. Photo courtesy of Philippine National Police Regional Office 9

Virus patient confined belatedly due to poor coordination between local IATFs

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:56 AM

'We have a lapse here; we have a problem,' says pulmonologist Philip Limsi

M/V Lady of Joy of Medallion Shipping Company docks at the Port of Dipolog. Photo from Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Zambo Norte braces for lifting of General Community Quarantine

May 26, 2020 - 4:41 PM

Zamboanga del Norte will open its borders on June 1

PROVINCIAL IATF. Dr Rolito Cataluña, incident commander of Dapitan City IATF, speaks during a meeting at the Dapitan City Resort Hotel turned Ligtas COVID 19 Center. Photo by Bert Laput

Zamboanga Norte blind again in fighting COVID-19

May 15, 2020 - 8:18 PM

Residents are worried because there are no coronavirus testing facilities in the province

BEATING COVID-19. Dr. Ruben Arcilla explains how to stop the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Bert Laput/Rappler

Zamboanga del Norte records 1st coronavirus case

May 05, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) The province's first COVID-19 case is a 63-year-old Norwegian who arrived in Dipolog City on March 2, says Zamboanga del Norte's Task Force COVID-19

A university in Zamboanga del Norte makes disinfection chamber from recycled materials

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:21 PM

The improvised disinfection chamber is already in use at the Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital

DISINFECTION CHAMBER. This chamber is made from re-purposed materials. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Zambo del Norte’s only university mobilizes against coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:17 PM

All 5 campuses of the Jose Rizal Memorial State University in Zamboanga del Norte do their share in helping the province

AMPING KANUNAY. A stranded engineering student receives from JRMSU President Daylinda Reluya-Laput a food pack with a message that means 'take care always. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Zambo Norte pulmonologist says virus statistics may be deceiving

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Dr Philip Limsi says the provincial government must not be complacent because there was still no case of COVID-19 in Zamboanga del Norte

Zambo Norte placed under province-wide community quarantine

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:55 PM

The public is prohibited from going to beaches, pools, and other recreational areas

TEMP CHECK. Personnel from Dapitan City Disaster Risk Reduction Office assisted by police establish checkpoints and take the temperatures of passengers. Photo by Bert Laput/Rappler

2 minors die in grenade explosion in Dipolog City

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:14 PM

A police official says the presence of a rifle grenade in the hands of civilians in the city is alarming

Zamboanga del Norte town vice mayor, 2 others killed in ambush

Jan 11, 2020 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) Unidentified men with high-powered firearms attack the vehicle of Baliguian Vice Mayor Gani Esmali in Siocon town

CRIME SCENE. The vehicle of Vice Mayor Gani Esmali. Photo courtesy of Abu Bassim

Dapitanons urged to reflect on relevance of Rizal

Dec 30, 2019 - 6:13 PM

While in exile in Dapitan, Jose Rizal showed 'how to give the best of oneself in the worst circumstance,' says history professor Rex Angelo Hamoy

RIZAL DAY. Local officials at the Rizal Shrine in Dapitan for the commemoration program of Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Photo by Gualberto Laput

Negros island killings have 'very low' chance of spilling over to Zamboanga del Norte – army

Aug 04, 2019 - 1:14 PM

While army intelligence 'said the chances are very low,' according to Lt. Colonel Rufino de Leon, it is still possible for the NPA to create diversionary attacks'

RUFINO DE LEON. Lt Colonel Rufino de Leon, commander of the 97th Infantry Battalion covering Zamboanga del Norte and incoming commander of 5th Cadre Batallion based in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Zambo Norte congresswoman, husband charged with obstruction of justice

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Prosecutors file the case against Zamboanga del Norte Representative Glona Labadlabad and her husband, Rosendo, the Sindangan town mayor

doy - Sindangan Mayor Rosendo Labadlabad escorts his wife Representative Glona Labadlabad take her oath of office.  courtesy of Rep. Glona Labadlabad's office

Zamboanga del Norte municipal councilor shot dead

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Sindangan Councilor Cicero Gurrea, who topped the last elections, is attacked while driving a jeepney with students on board

SLAIN COUNCILOR. Councilor Cicero Gurrea's jeepney fell into the road drainage canal after he was shot on June 19, 2019. Photo courtesy of Zorayda Mustaril

Uy retains governorship of Zamboanga del Norte

May 19, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The winners in the congressional races are Romeo Jalosjos Jr (1st district), Glona Labadlabad (2nd district), and Isagani Amatong (3rd district)

PROCLAIMED. Reelectionist Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy (2nd from left) is proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers on May 18, 2019, after he defeated challenger Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos in a close fight. Rappler photo

Jalosjos proclaimed mayor in Dapitan

May 18, 2019 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) Reelectionist Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos is finally proclaimed as the winner, defeating her challenger, former Dipolog City mayor Evelyn Uy

DAPITAN CITY MAYOR-ELECT. Members of Dapitan Board of Canvassers proclaim Mayor Rosalina G. Jalosjos winner. Rappler file photo

Power back in Zamboanga del Sur town, but canvassing still stalled

May 17, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Vote canvassing is disrupted after 6 unidentified gunmen strafed the electrical transformer that powers the municipal hall

WAITING. Election officials, poll watchers and police wait for the canvassing to resume at the Municipal Hall of Dimataling. Photo by Hanie Lou Baya

Fire hits Dapitan City theme park

May 17, 2019 - 3:24 PM

In a statement, Gloria's Fantasyland says that operations will continue as usual in other parts of the theme park

Photo from Gloria's Fantasyland Facebook page

Darel Uy poised for reelection as Dipolog mayor

May 14, 2019 - 2:13 PM

With 98% of precincts having transmitted results, the PDP-Laban bet and incumbent mayor is set to clinch for a second term

Dipolog City: Will Yebes dethrone the Uy clan?

May 12, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Dipolog City mayoral bet Rolando Yebes challenges his former rival's son, incumbent Mayor Darel Uy

NEXT MAYOR. (FROM THE LEFT) Mayoralty bet Rolando Yebes, under Nacionalista Party seeks to dethrone incumbent mayor Darel Uy of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in the upcoming local elections in Dipolog City. Photos are taken from the candidates' Facebook page.

Judge shot dead in Zamboanga del Norte

May 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Judge Reymar Lacaya of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, is the fifth judge killed under the Duterte administration

KILLED. Judge Reymar Lacaya of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, is shot dead afternoon of Thursday, May 9, 2019.

News anchor Erwin Tulfo declared persona non grata in Dapitan

May 08, 2019 - 7:30 AM

While campaigning for the party-list group ACT-CIS in Dapitan City, Tulfo made remarks about the city that offended the locals

UNANIMOUS. All Dapitan City councilors vote in favor of a resolution declaring news anchor Erwin Tulfo an 'undesirable person' during their session on May 7, 2019. Rappler photo

5 dead in Zamboanga del Norte encounter

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) Unidentified armed men abduct a former militiaman and his wife in Sirawai town

Walking Rizal’s steps: Where to go in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Experience both a nature retreat and a historical tour in these spots where the hero left his mark

HISTORIC CONVERSATION. This is the estimated spot where Katipunan member Pio Valenzuela shared the group’s plans for armed revolution, and where Rizal advised them to proceed only upon securing enough arms and support from wealthy sponsors. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang/Rappler

4 kids among 6 killed in Zamboanga del Norte town

Apr 15, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The bodies are separately found in an abandoned house and a nearby quarry area

Vinta triggers flash flood in Zamboanga del Norte barangay

Dec 23, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The town of Sibuco apparently is no stranger to deadly floods brought by typhoons as their shores face the open Sulu Sea

VIRAL: Bus crosses swollen river in Zamboanga del Norte

Oct 24, 2017 - 2:50 PM

A video of a bus passing through a river in Zamboanga del Norte goes viral on social media

NO BRIDGE. Without a proper bridge, vehicles passing by the area of Sergio Osmena in Zamboanga del Norte are forced to cross the river. Screenshot from Lang Jauculan Facebook Page

3 women rescued at Dipolog cybersex den

Apr 29, 2017 - 11:10 PM

NBI agents seize from the den a laptop and fake ID cards belonging to the operator who was not there at the time of the raid

RESCUED. Three women are rescued from a cybersex den in Dipolog City on April 28, 2017. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

SPED coach: 'Understand, be patient with special athletes'

Apr 25, 2017 - 9:52 AM

A number of unsung heroes will be working behind the scenes in the Palarong Pambansa 2017 They are the SPED athletes’ coaches and mentors like Stephanie Cedanio

UNSUNG HEROES. Coaches of SPED athletes are just some of the unsung heroes in Palarong Pambansa 2017

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Mar 28, 2017 - 9:42 AM

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Once PH's poorest, town literally draws path out of poverty

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Siayan Zamboanga del Norte was once the Philippines poorest municipality But 7 years ago the town came together and literally drew a plan for their future

WELCOME. The entry to the town of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte, 120 kilometers southwest of Dipolog City. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

'Duterte' couple abducted in Zamboanga del Norte

Mar 04, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Authorities have yet to determine if Jose and Jessica Palma Duterte are related to the President

'Totoy', the hitman: From 'kodaker' to killer

Feb 11, 2017 - 11:12 AM

Rolly Daligdig tells the House committee on dangerous drugs he shifted from being a photographer to being a hitman upon the prodding of a police officer

THE HITMAN. Rolly Daligdig narrates how he got involved in extrajudicial killings before a House panel on February 7, 2017. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Hitman tags cops, Uy family in Zamboanga del Norte drug trade, killings

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Rolly Daligdig claims to be a member of a syndicate tasked to kill its patrons political and drug trade rivals

JALOSJOS AND TEVES. Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos (left) and Representative Arnulfo Teves Jr. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

7 dead after heavy rains in Zamboanga del Norte

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Seven people are now reported dead in Zamboanga del Norte with one person reported missing

FLOOD. Residents wade through chest-deep flood water in Roxas town in Zamboanga del Norte to reach higher ground. Contributed photo

Army detachment in Zamboanga del Norte attacked, 130 residents evacuated

Jan 04, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Authorities believe the attackers were rogue members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF

WAGAN. Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Director Edwin B. Wagan. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Court unseats another town mayor in Zamboanga del Norte

Nov 09, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Lorrymir Adaza has been declared as the duly elected mayor of Mutia town after a recount showed him 8 votes ahead of Mayor Arthur Tenorio

UNSEATED. Mayor Arthur Tenorio in his office at the Mutia Municipal Hall. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Court unseats Zamboanga del Norte mayor

Nov 01, 2016 - 8:50 AM

A court nullifies votes in one of the barangays in the town of Polanco reversing the mayoral election result by just 6 votes

Unseated Mayor Evan Hope Olvis confers with his lawyer, Michael Ajoc. Photo courtesy Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte officials clash over quarry operations

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The Provincial Engineering Office has been extracting sand and gravel at a stream in Dapitan’s remote Barangay Aseniero without a permit

CONTESTED OPERATIONS. The issue stems from the extraction conducted by the Provincial Engineering Office at a stream in Dapitan’s remote Barangay Aseniero since July 2014. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

House panel to probe drug trade in Zamboanga del Norte

Oct 15, 2016 - 6:34 PM

The House committee on dangerous drugs will hold public hearings in the province following the testimony of a convicted cop at the congressional inquiry into the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison

Zamboanga del Norte gov: I’m a drugstore owner, not a drug lord

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:47 PM

Suspended Governor Roberto Uy challenges congressman Seth Jalosjos to a debate after the latter links him to drug trade inside Dipolog City jail

ROBERTO UY. Governor Roberto Y. Uy (center) answers questions from journalists while flanked by Provincial Spokesman Praxides Rubia and Dipolog City Councilor Cyril O. Ruiz. (Provincial Information Center)

Top drug suspect in Zamboanga del Norte shot dead on his way to court

Aug 19, 2016 - 2:39 PM

At the meeting of the Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council last August 9 the PDEA complained that RG Guico continued to transact business despite being in jail

Zamboanga Hall of Justice Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Dapitan City racing against time to save heritage structures

Aug 01, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Historic Dapitan City where Dr Jose Rizal spent his final years needs help from the national government and the private sector to help preserve its Heritage Zone

CASA REAL. Jose Rizal lived here from 1892 to 1893.

Reelected Zamboanga del Norte governor gets 3-month suspension

Jun 21, 2016 - 5:48 PM

Reelected Zamboanga del Norte governor Roberto Uy is ordered suspended for 3 months for the illegal dismissal of 6 provincial employees

SUSPENDED. The Ombudsman orders the suspension of re-elected Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy. Photo from Zamboanga del Norte provincial information office

Grandson of Rizal's Dapitan student: Let's restore historic water system

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The grandson of one of Rizal s former students says there is work to be done to restore the water system and brick making facility the national hero built in this city

ADVOCACY. George Aseniero, grandson of one of Rizal's former students in Dapitan, says there is a lot of work to be done to restore Rizal's water system and brick-making facility in the city. Photo by Gualberto Laput

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Zamboanga del Norte: Highest number of stunted children

Jun 10, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines ranks 10th in the world with the biggest number of children with stunted growth What s being done about it?

Junrey Balawing, 23 years old and 2 feet in height. Photo by Gualberto Laput

Delays in Zambo Norte canvass as machine breaks down

May 12, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Provincial canvassers want them immediately fixed

Dapitan Board of Canvassers: (from left) Teresita Cascolan, Dapitan Schools Division Superintendent, acting Election Officer Cynthia D. Cabrera and Prosecutor Lynbert Lo. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Cop killed by guards of Zamboanga del Norte mayoralty bet

May 05, 2016 - 10:17 PM

Police Senior Inspector Mirdan Usama and his men fired upon the bodyguards of Alliance of Parties for Progress candidate Alson Chan in Tampilisan town

ALSON CHAN. Photo of Mayoralty candidate Alson Chan.