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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


Appeals to soldiers to stay calm

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 President Rodrigo Duterte treats the deaths of four soldiers gunned down by police officers in Jolo, Sulu as a personal loss, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after observers noticed that Duterte looked low-spirited, even sickly,… Read More

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PNP, AFP to revisit operational protocols

MANILA – Ranking police and military officials on Monday met to tackle proposal to form a board of inquiry that will revisit the operational procedures to prevent a repeat of the shooting incident that killed four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu.Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie… Read More


DUTERTE tells military to stay calm amid Jolo shooting tension

ZAMBOANGA CITY – President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appealed to the military to remain calm and not to take revenge against the police over the recent shooting incident where four soldiers were killed, saying this will not do the country any good.The President made the appeal in his “Talk… Read More

Uncover truth in Jolo shooting, Duterte to NBI

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to search for the truth as it began investigating the recent shooting incident involving cops and soldiers.Duterte made the order when he delivered a speech before uniformed officers and personnel… Read More

Davao City now under MGCQ


President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the cities of Davao and Zamboanga, which have the highest COVID-19 cases in Mindanao,  under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) from July 1 to 15 while two other cities and 12 provinces in Mindanao are on extended MGCQ.

The rest of Mindanao will be  under what Health Secretary Francisco Duque described as  “low risk-MGCQ” during the same period.

Duque made the announcement of the new quarantine classifications at 12:08 a.m. on Wednesday. Read More in MINDANEWS


Unless “explicitly stated,” candidates in the 2019 midterms election may not assume they have been endorsed by Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party co-founded by Mayor Sara Z. Duterte.


HNP-Davao political officer Jefry Tupas, made the clarification amid a flurry of claims by candidates that they have already secured HNP’s endorsement through Mayor Sara.

One such claim was made by Zamboanga City first district Rep. Celso Lobregat of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bansa (PDP-Laban).

According to Lobregat, the endorsement was made during a “luncheon meeting by invitation” on November 9 in a restaurant in Quezon City. In that event, the lawmaker said several senatorial candidates and other HNP officials were present during the meeting.

A news item about the purported article was even published on a local paper in Zamboanga City Monday, in which Lobregat was quoted expressing his gratitude to Sara for the supposed endorsement. The news item even had an accompanying photo with Sara raising the hand of Lobregat.

But Tupas said he can’t recall that Sara endorsed Lobregat, and that the lawmaker may have made too much out of the photo opportunity.

“I don’t know how a photo can be misconstrued as an endorsement. I believe until it was and explicitly stated that HNP or Mayor Sara has endorsed a candidate can we really say an endorsement has been made,” said Tupas, who is also City Hall’s chief information officer.

Sara is not a member of any national political party, including the PDP-Laban, of which President Rodrigo Duterte is the national chairman.

Even Lobregat’s main opponent, incumbent Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar of the Liberal Party, made light of Lobregat’s supposed endorsement from HNP.

“It seems that the congressman has endorsed Mayor Sara Duterte. It seems it’s the other way around,” Salazar said.

So far, HNP has openly endorsed 14 senatorial candidates. Among them are former special aide of President Rodrigo Duterte Christopher Lawrence “Bong’ Go, former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa, former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, former Maguindanao second district representative Zajid Mangundadato, Pia Cayetano, Imee Marcos, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, and Francis Tolentino.

Aside from the senatorial bets, the regional party is also backing candidacies of local officials whose local parties have a formal alliance with HNP. (Lilian C Mellejor/PNA)