10 Maute members meted 40-year jail term for kidnapping, murder

 August 26, 2021

MANILA – The Taguig Regional Trial Court sentenced on Tuesday 10 members of the extremist Maute Group to up to 40 years imprisonment for the abduction of six saw mill workers, two of whom were beheaded, in Butig, Lanao del Sur in 2016.Among the 10 found guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal… Read More

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16 BIFF extremists surrender in Maguindanao

 August 26, 2021

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Six more members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) yielded to the military in this province on Wednesday afternoon.The latest batch of surrenderers came barely a day after 10 of their comrades also gave up to the Army’s 1st Mechanized… Read More

Foreign terrorist, 2 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu clash

Foreign terrorist an Egyptian, and one of the five remaining foreign terrorists–all Egyptians–monitored in Sulu

 April 17, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A foreign terrorist and two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits were killed in a clash with government forces in the province of Sulu, military officials said Saturday.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said the firefight broke out around… Read More

SUICIDE CASES on the rise in Zambo City

City mayor blames Covid-19 pandemic

Zambo Mayor Reminds Public On Firecracker Ban | Radio Philippines Network

 January 27, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY–Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has acknowledged rising cases of suicides in the city, blaming it partly on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.Salazar said Wednesday she has instructed Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, City Health Office chief, and City Social Welfare officer… Read More

RIP: BARMM Deputy Chief Minister Abdul Sahrin

BARMM exec loses battle with brain tumor; dies in Zambo hospital

 January 20, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is mourning the passing of Deputy Chief Minister Abdul Sahrin, described by Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim as a “dear friend and a brother” in the Bangsamoro struggle.Ebrahim (Al Hadj Murad) said Sahrin, 70,… Read More

Zamboanga mining firm in P11.6 M cassava project

ZAMBOANGA CITY –- A mining company operating in two areas in the Zamboanga peninsula has initiated an P11.6 million cassava plantation project in Bayog town, Zamboanga del Sur that will benefit some 350 farmers in 20 barangays in the municipality.
To firm up the project, the company, TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc. (TVIRD) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) wth the Zamboanga del Sur provincial government for the establishment of the cassava plantation in Bayog.
Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Ceriles said “this is the biggest project that farmers have had in Bayog in so many years,”
Renne Subido, TVIRD Vice President for Corporate Social Commitment, said this is part of the company’s commitments to the government. He added that the company responded positively when the provincial government asked TVIRD to be a partner in the cassava plantation project.
TVIRD identified the barangays beneficiaries for the project as Poblacion, Kahayagan, Kanipaan, Damit, Salawagan, Dipili, Lamare, Depore, Sigacad, Balukbahan, Matin-ao, Datagan, Bubu-an, Canoayan, Deporehan, Liba, Camp Blessing, Supon, Balumbunon, Conacon, Bantal, Dimalinao, Pulang Bato, San Isidro, Depase, Matun-og, Dagum, and Baking. (PNA)

Fight vs. US troops to continue

US-RP Balikatan ends but not people’s war v. US

RESISTANCE against the United States military intervention in the country, particularly in Mindanao, will not end with the closure of the Balikatan exercises, according to the US Troops Out Now-Mindanao Coalition.

Lawyer Beverly Musni, convenor of the group, said their vigilance against the deceptive forms of US military interventions would not stop with the ending of the Balikatan exercises Monday.

The recent joint military exercises of the US and the Philippine government was welcomed by various protest actions that gathered more than 10,000 people across Mindanao who rejected the presence of American soldiers in the region.
Public outrage were expressed in rallies at the start of the military exercises last February 18 here and the cities of Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Cotabato, the Lanao Provinces and the town of Pikit in North Cotabato.

“We must not believe that because this round of Balikatan exercises has come to an end that the US military will leave the country; or that the US troops are limiting themselves to their so-called humanitarian missions,” Musni said.

“Another round of Balikatan may be over, but the violation of our national sovereignty and the endangerment of our lives continue,” she added.

Musni described the approach of the US military as “two-faced” when the American troops conducted medical services and implemented social projects while “covertly engaging in special operations at the same time.”

She said the US military works year-round on clandestine mission through a special US military unit called Joint Special Operations Task Force based in Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City.

She said during the massacre of eight civilians, including a pregnant woman and two children in Maimbung, Sulu, some witnesses noted the participation of American soldiers.

“Such incidents show the US military’s duplicity to the Filipinos — they shower us with supposed gifts with one hand, but use force with the other. Efforts to clear the Filipino soldiers of committing the crime are aimed to whitewash the US complicity in the massacre,” Musni said.

Musni also recounted the 2002 incident in Tuburan, Basilan where a US soldier shot a Moro civilian in a military operation. The soldier was later identified as Sergeant Reggie Lane who took part in medical missions.

“We must remain vigilant in the monitoring and documentation of the movements of US troops in the country. There is a need for further research on the impact and conduct of these so-called humanitarian missions in local communities, which have been controversial in host communities. We also must stay alert and investigate their activities when Balikatan exercises are not being conducted,” Musni said.