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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 del Sur records first 2 coronavirus cases

Mar 30, 2020 - 2:42 PM

The provincial government also makes a 'very urgent' appeal to all those on Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR 289 from Manila-Ozamis on March 14, 2020 to inform their local health workers

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

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

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

How Denice Zamboanga ended up in Thailand

Mar 11, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Training away from home has paid dividends for the Philippines' Denice Zamboanga as she gains a shot at a ONE Championship world title

PROMISING. In just a short time, Denice Zamboanga has risen to title contender status in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

Davao Occidental tops Zamboanga in low-scoring MPBL semis

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:33 AM

The extremely low-scoring affair set a number of MPBL records, including the lowest points combined in a game of 75

TOPSCORER. Emman Calo emerges as the lone player in double figures in Game 1 of the semifinals series between Davao Occidental and Zamboanga. Photo from MPBL

WATCH: Zamboanga stays undefeated, Banario ends ONE slump

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Check out how Denice Zamboanga and Honorio Banario grab decision victories in ONE: King of the Jungle

ON TARGET. Honorio Banario (left) lands a clean kick on Thai Shannon Wiratchai. Photo from ONE Championship

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

LIST: DFA consular operations suspended on December 6, 7

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:41 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs advises the public to take note of the schedules of its consular offices in Zamboanga, Pampanga, Metro Manila, and Baguio City

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

Military scouring Zamboanga peninsula for kidnapped couple

Oct 07, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The gunmen who abducted Allan and Wilma Hyrons from their resort in Zamboanga del Sur have yet to be identified, but the military is looking at the Abu Sayyaf Group because of its history of kidnappings

SEARCH IS ON. The military has created a special task force to search for and rescue Allan and Wilma Hyrons, who were abducted from their resort in Zamboanga del Sur on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gunmen abduct British man and Filipino wife in Zamboanga del Sur

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The victims were abducted from their resort in Tukuran town, local police say

Dapitan ballet family’s students win gold, silver in Singapore competition

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

3 students of the Jete Performing Arts Studio bring home medals from the recent Asia-Pacific Arts Festival in Singapore

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.

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

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

LOOK: Zamboanga del Sur town upcycles election tarps into school bags

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Repurposing discarded election materials is not a new initiative for the local government of Dumalinao. Before they made school bags using tarpaulins, they also turned election tarps into ecobags following the 2016 elections.

DREAM BIG. In Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, tarpaulins are being upcycled into school bags decorated with inspirational quotes. Photo by Dumalinao LGU

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

Fire hits vote counting machines stored in Zamboanga del Sur school

May 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Out of 8 vote counting machines in the holding room of the school, one is burnt. Seven VCMs are immediately secured by responding policemen.

FIRE. A fire strikes the rear of this Grade 6 room in San Pablo Central Elementary School in Zamboanga del Sur. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

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

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

4 Army soldiers arrested in ambush of ex-Zamboanga del Sur mayor

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The 4 suspects in the ambush of the former mayor of Dumingag town are with the Philippine Army's 1st Infantry Tabak Division

Ex-Zamboanga del Sur mayor ambushed by riding-in-tandem gunmen

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Former Dumingag town mayor Naciancino Pacalioga Jr is ambushed in Bacolod town, Lanao del Norte

AMBUSHED. Dumingag ex-mayor Naciancino Pacalioga Jr is shot multiple times during a road stop in Lanao del Norte. Photo courtesy of One World Award

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

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by AFP