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COA wants 6 DOH suppliers sanctioned for delivery delays

Feb 11, 2015 - 9:37 PM

There were instances that DOH resolved to extend the delivery without [charging] liquidated damages to suppliers

A smile of hope

Sep 20, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Asked the reason for her beaming smile she waves at the new hut made of pandan leaves that she shares with six others

Hostage: A Rappler documentary

Sep 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Their sons have been killed their homes have been razed they wake to nightmares and run at the sound of helicopters overhead They don’t blame the military They don’t blame the rebels Mostly they blame themselves

Rappler Newscast | July 31, 2014

Jul 31, 2014 - 8:17 PM

The government tells Filipinos “Leave Libya now Is the Philippines ready to deal with the Ebola virus? A Turkish official tells women not to laugh in public

Rappler reporter wins Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize

Jul 04, 2014 - 4:43 PM

Patricia Evangelista s moving video and text storytelling from her coverage of the Zamboanga crisis and Typhoon Haiyan stood out in a strong field of contenders for the prize

PATRICIA EVANGELISTA while on coverage in Tacloban City after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devasted Eastern Visayas in the Philippines. Photo by Jake Verzosa

For Zamboanga athletes, crisis is no obstacle to Palaro glory

May 05, 2014 - 8:06 PM

The Zamboanga Crisis that happened last September 2013 hasn’t burned down the determination of the athletes competing at this year’s Palarong Pambansa

The Zamboanga basketball team is all smiles after a tough win against Soccskargen. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

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

PNP honors everyday heroes for work in Zambo, Bohol, Yolanda

Apr 01, 2014 - 5:45 PM

38 members of the PNP receive awards for exemplary acts of courage gallantry leadership and heroism in the call of duty

Kids die in Zambo evacuation camps; shelters needed

Feb 19, 2014 - 8:29 PM

Of the 86 people who have died in evacuation camps in Zamboanga City more than 50 are children

5 months after, Zambo crisis haunts OPAPP

Feb 12, 2014 - 8:15 PM

The Senate holds a hearing to look into the true cause of the MNLF siege of Zamboanga City

SENATE HEARING: Five months since the Zamboanga Crisis, the Senate wants to look into the 'true cause' of the MNLF attack. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

Local officials ask MILF, MNLF: Leave Zamboanga alone

Feb 06, 2014 - 8:23 PM

Zamboanga City residents have voted thrice in the past against being included in a Muslim run region They are not joining anytime now says officials

CONTINUES THREATS?: Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco says city residents continue to receive threats from the MNLF. Rappler file photo

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

#wRap2013: Top 10 Twitter moments in PH

Dec 25, 2013 - 9:30 AM

Rappler picks the top 10 most talked about topics on Twitter in the Philippines for 2013

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

DOH: Scrap fireworks, donate to disaster survivors

Dec 13, 2013 - 8:03 PM

DOH s Eric Tayag draws attention to this message by dancing to the tune of Katy Perry s Roar

High turnout in 'peaceful' Bohol, Zamboanga barangay polls

Nov 26, 2013 - 8:54 PM

Democracy is alive and well in Zamboanga City despite the crisis says Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr after visiting the city on its rescheduled election day

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

Zamboanga diary: The rise from the rubble

Nov 02, 2013 - 1:59 PM

As Zamboanga has proven to rise from the rubble of war over and over they are right There is no spirit quite like a Zamboangueno s

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

Zambo player chases PBA dream

Oct 29, 2013 - 9:36 PM

Darwin Cordero a Zamboanga native hopes to inspire fellow Zamboangueños who are still trying to recover from a 3 week bloody siege

ZAMBOANGA PRIDE. Darwin Cordero, 3rd from left, is hoping to inspire his fellow Zamboangueños by making it in the PBA. Photo by Levi Verora/Rappler

School turnout improves in Zamboanga City

Oct 19, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Only 4 school buildings are damaged by the 3 week standoff in Zamboanga City Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro says

Blood from the sky

Oct 17, 2013 - 1:03 PM

Bombs fall from the sky Blood spatters like rain A small boy is killed with a bullet in his head His name was Eithan Ando and this is his story

CLEARED. A wall in Sta. Catalina after government announces the area cleared of rebels. Photo by Patricia Evangelista/Rappler

2 MNLF remnants killed in Zamboanga

Oct 10, 2013 - 3:46 PM

During clearing operations in Barangay Kasanyangan the Marines call on the rebels to surrender but they allegedly fire upon the soldiers

REMNANTS. What is left of Brgy Sta Catalina. Photo by Rappler/Karlos Manlupig

'The first to respond, the last to leave'

Oct 09, 2013 - 10:46 AM

Over 3 000 soldiers were deployed to Zamboanga City to fight a unique war with a faction of the MNLF

BOODLE FIGHT: Armed Forces Chief Gen Emmanuel Bautista joins operating troops of the Joint Special Operations Group (JSOG) in a boodle fight. JSOG took the lead role in the standoff in Zamboanga City. Photo courtesy of the AFP PAO.

Indonesia vows help in dealing with MNLF

Oct 08, 2013 - 6:34 PM

President Aquino in turn invites his Indonesian counterpart to visit the Philippines

After raid, PH eyes new charges vs Misuari

Oct 08, 2013 - 2:40 PM

Authorities are also investigating reports that MNLF sub commanders received millions for the 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

The gravediggers

Oct 07, 2013 - 4:06 PM

There is a price to any war and in the dim light of the Mercedes Public Cementery far away from the flag wrapped coffins of the young soldiers who offered their lives to the Republic lie 11 faceless men who may or may not have chosen to pay that price

AFTER THE GUNFIRE. Candles left on an MNLF mass grave in the Mercedes Public Cemetery. 27 Sep 2013.jpg

Floods add misery after Zamboanga crisis

Oct 05, 2013 - 10:54 PM

Heavy rains bring knee deep floods in evacuation centers in Zamboanga City

Probe torture allegations, HRW asks PH

Oct 04, 2013 - 9:56 AM

Human Rights Watch says detainees have limited or no access to lawyers and family members

Bungled chances in Zamboanga City

Oct 03, 2013 - 8:07 PM

Nobody coordinates efforts to peacefully end the crisis in Zamboanga City thus the prolonged and bloody standoff

FRIDAY THE 13TH FIRE. Two fires occur in Sta Catalina, Zamboanga City on Sept 13. Photo by Xeph Suarez

Pope Francis and Zamboanga's refugees

Oct 01, 2013 - 6:01 PM

Pope Francis words on refugees resound in conflict stricken Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City: A visual diary

Oct 01, 2013 - 10:10 AM

The real war has just begun: the restoration of trust between Muslims and Christians who have peacefully co existed in the peninsula

Scattered fighting in Zamboanga

Sep 29, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Military spokesperson: Conflict area would take about 2 weeks to clear of possible MNLF stragglers

IN PHOTOS: Destruction in Zamboanga

Sep 28, 2013 - 4:47 PM

With gun battles now more sporadic the damage caused by the war is now more visible

Zamboanga crisis over - Roxas

Sep 28, 2013 - 11:55 AM

3rd UPDATE Hostages have all been brought to safety but clearing operations continue P4 billion is allocated for the reconstruction of damaged areas

The song of Zamboanga

Sep 28, 2013 - 9:54 AM

It was Michelle who taught Eithan the words to Zamboanga Hermosa Every child of Zamboanga learns it as she learned it herself

ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA. Michelle Candido sheds a tear as she recounts her last days with her son Eithan. Photo by Paolo Villaluna

Habier Malik all set for final battle?

Sep 26, 2013 - 8:46 PM

The worst possible scenario for us is if Malik dies a martyr s death

The children of Sta. Barbara

Sep 26, 2013 - 4:01 PM

9 months pregnant Sheila Arnado escaped Sta Barbara barefoot and followed by gunfire She waits to give birth to her child knowing there is no home to bring her infant to

AFTERMATH. Sheila Arnado at the Enriquez Sports Complex. 25 Sep 2013 Photo by Paolo Villaluna

Day 17: Misuari nephew, 37 other MNLF rebels captured

Sep 25, 2013 - 10:36 PM

The nephew of Moro National Liberation Front MNLF founder Nur Misuari and 34 other MNLF fighers was captured in Zamboanga City on Wednesday September 25

149 schools in Zamboanga City reopen

Sep 25, 2013 - 2:08 PM

But due to security concerns many parents still refuse to send their children back to school

The guards of Zamboanga City

Sep 25, 2013 - 1:42 PM

In the coastal villages of Zamboanga City men from the PNP s Special Action Force hunker in detachments during air strikes and sniper operations For them ordinary comes daily with the sound of gunfire

STILL WAITING. A PNP-SAF member waits at the Talon Talon detachment. 25 Sep 2013 Photo by Paolo Villaluna

Zamboanga banks open until 12-2pm only

Sep 24, 2013 - 3:58 PM

Banking operations in war torn Zamboanga City remain far from normal after some opened to accommodate client transactions

AT THE MARKET. A mother carries her child as she walks past makeshift stalls at Zamboanga's city market, September 21, 2013. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Another officer killed in Zambo siege

Sep 24, 2013 - 1:17 PM

1Lt Francis Damian passes away a day after he got wounded in Barangay Sta Barbara

Zambo mayor visits battle zone

Sep 23, 2013 - 10:42 PM

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco Salazar pays a surprise visit to a village caught in the crossfire

SURPRISE VISIT. Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle "Beng" Climaco-Salazar listened to village leaders as they briefed her about the latest gun battle. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Rappler Newscast | September 23, 2013

Sep 23, 2013 - 9:48 PM

Olongapo under state of calamity Not guilty plea entered for Janet Napoles PNP says MNLF members repeatedly tried to surrender

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

Misuari still in Sulu, says ARMM gov

Sep 23, 2013 - 5:52 PM

ARMM Gov Mujiv Hataman says MNLF members were promised P10 000 and a firearm each in exchange for going to Zamboanga

Aquino leaves Zamboanga

Sep 22, 2013 - 3:52 PM

President Aquino leaves Zamboanga City after staying there for more than a week to attend to other pressing concerns back in the capital

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

Hoping for normalcy in Zamboanga

Sep 22, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Despite the ongoing hostilities the people of Zamboanga attempts to bring normalcy back to their lives

AT THE MARKET. A mother carries her child as she walks past makeshift stalls at Zamboanga's city market, September 21, 2013. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler