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Thousands still in evacuation center 11 months after Zamboanga siege

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A young evacuee, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between Philippine government forces and Muslim rebels, shelters from the scorching heat as others queue up for food distribution at an evacuation centre inside a sports complex in Zamboanga, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on September 20, 2013. Philippine security forces killed eight Muslim rebels on September 20 as they hunted the remnants of a guerrilla force hiding in homes of the major city and believed to be holding hostages.      AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Eleven months after Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) forces tried to occupy the city, the residents displaced by the conflict still do not know if government has a clear housing plan for them.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Milk-feeding program for Zambo pupils suspended over DAP issue

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Where’s the milk?, Pedro Melchor Natividad, the division school superintendent here, asked of the supplemental milk feeding program, funded under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), for more than 5,000 school children.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

DSWD faces probe for neglecting Zamboanga siege evacuees

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A young evacuee, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between Philippine government forces and Muslim rebels, shelters from the scorching heat as others queue up for food distribution at an evacuation centre inside a sports complex in Zamboanga, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on September 20, 2013. Philippine security forces killed eight Muslim rebels on September 20 as they hunted the remnants of a guerrilla force hiding in homes of the major city and believed to be holding hostages.      AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

The House of Representatives will conduct a probe on the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) failure to bring aid to close to thousands of homeless people in Zamboanga City who were displaced by three weeks of gunfire and shelling between the military and the Moro insurgents 10 months ago despite massive funds allocated by Congress to improve their welfare.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

3 MNLF factions agree to re-unite with Misuari as leader

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A peace talk between Philippine government and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Jan. 22, 2014. Philippine senators said on Wednesday, Jan. 29, that the government should not be distracted by fresh fighting in southern Philippines from forging a final peace agreement with Moro rebels.  AP FILE PHOTO

Three factions of the Moro National Liberation Front agreed to name founder Nur Misuari as their representative in future talks with the government to implement the 1996 peace agreement, and move as one in pursuit of peace and the Bangsamoro aspiration for self-governance.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

3-year-old boy latest fatality in Zamboanga City evacuation centers

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Government troopers maneuver their Armored Personnel Carrier to reinforce their comrades after an army officer was killed in the ongoing operation against Muslim rebels on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, the 11th day of the standoff in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines.  AP FILE PHOTO

A three-year-old boy became the latest casualty of malnutrition and illnesses in evacuation centers here since the massive displacements resulting from the Moro National Liberation Front siege took place in September 2013.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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