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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two ferry services are expected to add to the growing number of passenger ships plying Zamboanga City to Sulu province and vice versa as Gov. Totoh Tan said that a shipping company will start operation this year as part of an expansion program in the region. He said…

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ARMED men abducted businessman TJ Macabalang and his employee along Gov. Gutierrez Avenue in Cotabato City late on Tuesday. Police said TJ Macabalang, 30, owner of a decal and car stickers shop and his mechanic Wendel Pactuan, 19, were waiting for their customers when the gunmen in two vehicles arrived…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police on Monday arrested three men who are suspected as Abu Sayyaf bombers in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. They said three other men escaped a police operation in the village of Canelar near downtown Zamboanga and that authorities were tracking down the terrorists whose group is tied…

DUREZA HAILS ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ IN OFFENSIVE VS ABU SAYYAF

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf militants on Sunday freed three Indonesian hostages to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Sulu. Officials identified the freed Indonesians as Muhammad Mahbrur Dahri, Ferry Arifin and Edi Suryono, all crew members of the tugboat Charles who were kidnapped in Sabah on June 22. The…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two telecommunications company – Globe Telecom and Smart Communications – on Saturday shut down their cell sites here as locals were celebrating the month-long feast of the Virgin Mary – for fear that terrorists may set off bombs during the annual festival. The temporary loss of mobile signal…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The military on Tuesday said two notorious Abu Sayyaf bandits tagged as behind cross-border kidnappings in the Malaysian state of Sabah were killed during a raid on their hideout in Sulu. Major Filemon Tan, Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said military forces killed Nixon Muktadil and his brother Brown…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine Army arrested Sgt. Jeffrey Ordoño for pilfering and selling ammunition to civilians in Mindanao. Ordoño, assigned with the 10th Division Training School training soldier applicants, allegedly pilfered 1,000 live ammunition and sold them to civilians. If evidence warrants, he shall undergo either administrative or judicial proceedings…

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A ferry, Danica Joy 2, keeled over on its side while anchored at the Port of Zamboanga City and capsized late Thursday, but no casualty was reported. The ferry arrived in Zamboanga from Sandakan in Malaysia at 4 p.m. on the same day and five hours later, half of the…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A soldier shot dead a Philippine Army commander in his house in Jolo, Sulu on Friday. Major Filemon Tan, Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said Maj. Nurhusin Hadjaruddin, commander of the Army’s 52nd Engineer Brigade, commander was killed by Cpl. Julhalim Indanan in the village of Busbus. Tan did…

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