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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A bakery was ordered closed on Tuesday after a big rat was seen inside its display cabinet in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. A customer took photographs of the filthy animal as it mingled with breads and uploaded the pictures on Facebook that immediately went viral. The local…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Port authorities here are holding 11 Bangladeshi and four Chinese sailors, including dozens of Filipinos, caught smuggling more than 27,000 bags of rice loaded on a cargo vessel at sea off Zamboanga Sibugay. Rear Admiral Rene Medina, Philippine Navy commander in the region, said cargo ship Diamond 8…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police shot dead a man believed to be high on drugs who hacked to death five people, mostly children, in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte. Officials said Asgal Ontong, 34, was shot after he attacked policemen who were trying to arrest him for the brutal killing of a family…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Unidentified assailants shot dead an employee of the Sulu Integrated Provincial Health Office in Jolo town at a time government leaders were working hard to promote peace and tourism in the Muslim province. Edmiraldo Sollano, 38, was killed while driving home on a motorcycle in Barangay San Raymundo…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte appealed on Friday to his father, President Rodrigo Duterte, not to reopen stalled peace talks with communist insurgents responsible for many attacks in her hometown. The President, who previously cancelled the peace talks with rebels following deadly attacks in the restive region, has…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A fisherman rescued an Indonesian whose floating cottage had drifted far into Tawi-Tawi province in southern Mindanao where he spent 23 days at sea. Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, said Erens Fiter was recovered late Monday afternoon and spent a day with his rescuer Idris…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: New People’s Army (NPA) rebels ambushed and strafed a military truck transporting soldiers who detonated a roadside bomb triggering a firefight in Barangay Tagbac, Magpet, North Cotabato on Tuesday. There was no report of casualties from both the military and the rebel group. The rebels earlier owned up to the…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Over a dozen police detainees escaped from their overcrowded cell, sparking a massive manhunt on Tuesday involving Army soldiers and police forces here. Police said the 16 detainees escaped after sawing off the bars of their cell in Tetuan village before sunrise. No one was guarding the police station when…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two senior communist rebel leaders were reported missing in North Cotabato and believed abducted by the military, Marcella Arsenio, a spokesman for the New People’s Army (NPA) said. He said Lora Manipis, also known as Ka Al, and her husband Jerual Domingo, alias Ka Jamjam, had been missing…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Failure of security forces to prevent the deadly rebel siege of Zamboanga City in 2013 and Marawi City in 2017, has resulted in the unification of all special operations units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the AFP Special Operations Command (Socom). The AFP-Socom takes over…

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