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Tribe relying on sea for work being relocated to bunkhouses

Badjao evacuees, like Sani Hadjani, 48, live on the street in Cawa-cawa village, Zamboanga City, which is near to where they make a living—the sea. EDWIN BACASMAS

For the second time in just seven months, dozens of Badjao families were forcibly uprooted from their new-found home in Cawa-cawa village here for still unknown reasons.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Brothels operate in Zamboanga shelters

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In yet another sign of the desperation to which evacuees here had been driven, prostitution in shelters has persisted despite officials saying it has been stopped.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Yolanda survivor Eduardo Zabala lost 11 family members but inspiring high hopes

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CAMPAIGN COLOR?  The yellow boats are inspired by the universal color of school buses, not by President Aquino’s political coalition. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A day after Eduardo Zabala lost 11 of his family members to Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” an influential cousin working in Abu Dhabi chartered two private helicopters to whisk him out of harm’s way. He begged off to stay.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t urged to consolidate MILF, MNLF peace pacts

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The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) urged the government to work toward the “convergence” of the agreements that it signed with two Moro groups for genuine autonomy.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

10,000 MILF fighters, supporters celebrate signing of peace pact with PH gov’t

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About 10,000 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters and supporters gathered under colorful tents inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao as they closely monitored the ceremonies for the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Zamboanga City bayfront ‘a death zone’

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HIGH AND DRY.  Badjao fisherman Sani Hadjani inspects his wooden boat near the Badjao evacuation center in Barangay San Jose-Cawa-Cawa, Zamboanga City. Hadjani lost his 5-year-old daughter early this month to an intestinal disease, one of many ailments that stalk the evacuees who are constantly exposed to the elements and still homeless six months after the Moro National Liberation Front’s siege of the city.  EDWIN BACASMAS

Sani Hadjani remembers his 5-year-old daughter as a happy child running around on bayfront Roseller T. Lim Boulevard—once a place for lovers to watch sunsets but is now a squalid encampment for sea gypsies known as Badjaos.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

1 hurt, 2 fires gut 100 houses, 12 stalls in Zamboanga City

A fire fighter was injured while nearly 360 people were displaced when more than 100 houses and other structures were gutted during two separate fire incidents here on Friday and Saturday.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Long after MNLF siege, death toll still rising

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BADJAO EVACUEES  Once a popular promenade, Roseller T. Lim Boulevard in Zamboanga City’s Cawa-Cawa District has become a squalid encampment for seafaring Badjao displaced by the siege of the city by Moro National Liberation Front rebels last September. Disease stalks the camps, inflicting a high mortality rate, particularly among children.  EDWIN BACASMAS

The loss of lives continues six months after a standoff between government forces and a splinter Moro rebel group, casting a shadow over the signing this week of a comprehensive Bangsamoro peace accord the Aquino administration hopes will end decades-long fighting in Mindanao.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Boy’s death latest in Zamboanga City shelter

The death from tuberculosis (TB) of a 12-year-old boy in an evacuation camp for residents displaced by the terror attack by followers of Nur Misuari confirmed health officials’ worst fear—that the highly contagious disease had spread in the shelter.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Zamboanga crime gang ‘protected by pols’ falls in Las Piñas raid

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A five-man group linked to drug trafficking and gun-for-hire operations in Zamboanga City, and who allegedly enjoyed the protection of local politicians and members of the judiciary, has been arrested in Las Piñas City, according to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Armed man takes 3 people hostage in Zamboanga City

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At least three people were being held hostage by a gun-wielding man inside a house on Sampaguita Road in Barangay Sta. Catalina here since Saturday noon.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Fire in Zamboanga City village kills 3-month-old girl

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An unattended candle started a fire in a house in Guiwan village here that resulted to the death of a three-month old baby girl on Tuesday night.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

SC lauds PNP for arrest of suspect in judge’s slay

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. INQUIRER.net File Photo

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the arrest of the suspected gunman that killed Zamboanga City Branch 14 Presiding Judge Renerio Estacio.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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