Halos 1,600 pamilya sa Zamboanga City, inilikas dahil sa baha

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020   •   529

Aabot sa 1,597 pamilya ang inilikas sa Zamboanga City dahil sa baha sa ilang bahagi ng lungsod bunsod ng mga pag-ulan.

Mahigit 1,000 sa mga ito ay mula sa Barangay Vitali, mahigit 300 mula sa Barangay Talisaya, 45 mula sa Barangay Labuan habang 12 naman ang mula sa Barangay Mangusu.

Sa ulat ng City Social Welfare and Development Office, halos 30 bahay ang napinsala dahil naman sa lakas ng hangin.

Aabot naman sa 16 na ektarya ng palayan ang napinsala dahil sa masamang lagay ng panahon.

Ayon sa Zamboanga City government, patuloy na silang nagsasagawa ng relief operation at emergency response upang tulungan ang mga residenteng naapektuhan ng baha.

Naka-antabay na rin ang mga otoridad sa posible pang paglilikas ng ibang residente sa gitna ng mga pag-ulan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Val Villaflor)

5 Zamboanga cops arrested for extortion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Five policemen in Zamboanga were arrested for extortion on Monday (March 22), according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Officer-in-Charge Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said, Police Major Orlyn Leyte, Officer in-Charge of Police Station 9, Zamboanga City Police Station and four members of PS9 Station Drug Enforcement Unit namely, PSSg Hegenio Salvador, PSSg Asser Abdulkadim, PCpl Ismael Sasapan andPCpl Juman Arabani were arrested by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) during an entrapment operation in Zamboanga City on Monday.

Recovered pieces of evidence were marked money amounting to P2,000 and a firearm.

The entrapment operation stemmed from a complaint from Mrs. Melanie Casabuena Saloria. According to the complaint, Major Leyte allegedly demanded P90,000.00 from the victim, as “settlement” for her alleged involvement in illegal drug activity.

Eleazar said the PNP is already preparing to file cases against the involved personnel for Robbery Extortion and Violation of RA 3019 Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 6713 Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Official and Employees.

“The PNP will not tolerate personnel engaging in any unlawful and illegal acts. Officers must serve as role model to their subordinates,” Eleazar said.

The five arrested PNP personnel will be placed under Automatic Leave of Absence while under detention, he added. They are temporarily detained at Zamboanga City Police Office for proper disposition and eventual filing of case. AAC


313 Filipino deportees arrive in Zamboanga City from Malaysia

Robie de Guzman   •   March 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – About 313 illegal Filipino immigrants deported by the Malaysian government arrived in Zamboanga City on Sunday.

This is the seventh batch of deportees among the 5,300 Filipinos to be deported for staying in Sabah illegally.

Of the total returning Filipinos, 226 were from the province of Tawi-Tawi, 31 from Zamboanga City, 23 from Sulu, 12 hail from Basilan and five from Zamboanga Sibugay. The remaining deportees were from other provinces.

Upon their arrival at the local port on Sunday, the deportees underwent strict health screening and swab tests, and were subsequently placed under quarantine to make sure that they have not been infected with coronavirus disease.

Deportees from outside Zamboanga City may stay at the isolation facility for 12 hours until their respective local government units have arranged for assistance and transportation back to their places of origin.

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco previously appealed to the national government not to make the city an entry point for Filipino deportees from Malaysia due to the threat of COVID-19.

She also said that it would be more practical if the provinces of Tawi-Tawi and Sulu will be designated as the points of referral for returning Filipinos.

“But nonetheless el gobierno local ta hace el apelo con el gobierno nacional (the local government is appealing to the national government) that Zamboanga City should no longer be point of referral for the returning Filipinos and it could be that we have centers already in Tawi-tawi and Sulu,” she said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)

Zamboanga receives 10,200 Sinovac jabs

Robie de Guzman   •   March 5, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY – More than 10,000 doses of Sinovac-made CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Zamboanga City, the city government said Friday.

The Cebu Pacific flight carrying the 10,200 vaccines landed at the Zamboanga City International Airport at past 7 a.m. and was welcomed by Mayor Beng Climaco and other local officials.

“As we welcome the vaccines in the city of Zamboanga, may this give an opportunity for healing specially in our COVID-19 pandemic and we will work very hard with the Department of Health and all the line agencies,” Climaco said.

The vaccine shots are allotted for medical frontline workers in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Following arrival, the first batch of vaccines were immediately transported to storage facilities of the Department of Health. Doses allocated for nearby provinces will be transported on Saturday.

Climaco said a ceremonial vaccination will be held on Friday afternoon at the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

The vaccination program in other hospitals is expected to commence on Sunday, she added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)


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