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The presence of two marshals of a bus plying along the highway of Buenavista surely must have foiled the possible waylaying of its passengers. When fired upon from both sides, the marines bravely fought back, at the same time with kept presence of mind shouted out orders for the driver to speed up head for safety to the nearest military detachment. Although 8 passengers were hurt, the bus managed to escape to safety; otherwise more harm could have befallen the passengers, with the bus even burned as is usual. The marshals are elements of  Task Force Zamboanga under the command of Col. JuvymaxUy

And the suspects are believed responsible for a string of ambushes last year. One suspect in a previous attack has been collared and identified as a member of an urban terror group based in Zamboanga.

Several spent shells of M-16 riflewere recovered in the crime scene.

The police and military are separately investigating the matter.

Amid all these, students here expressed alarm over the recent. asthe bus route is used by over 5,000 students from nearby Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Sur provinces studying in the city to go home and back  weekly.

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Power pilferage of vast magnitude was uncovered in Mampang, where the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) discovered over 100 homeowners was into it. The Zamcelco Anti-Pilferage Team swooped down on three areas in barangay Mampang andconfiscated hundreds of meters of electric wires hidden underground.

The Zamcelco team acted on a tip given by a resident living in the area to Brigada News FM station, whose personnel, in turn relayed the information to Zamcelco GM, who acted swiftly on the tip.

The informant disclosed that a certain Rodel Marcos is allegedly responsible for the illegal connections. He is presently incarcerated at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center, under drugs charges.After the arrest of Marcos, the latter's wife is saidto have taken over the illegal operation and started collecting the P100 fee from residents, but the residents refused to pay up and tipped off Brigada News FM station about the couple's alleged illegal operation.

Station personnel in turn, gave the information to Zamcelco G M Engr Edgardo Ancheta, who acted swiftly on the report.

The illegal operation involves tapping electricity from a single electric post to the suspect's residence and distributing power through a network of wires attached to more than a hundred houses.The operation remained undetected since the wires were placed inside underground water pipes.

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Targeted to be implemented right after Valentine’sday, the seen commendable one-way scheme of the Police in identified traffic-marred roads, hit a snag, as approval of Mayor Beng Climaco has yet to be granted.

Former city councilor Jawo Jimenez, designated traffic-in-charge of the City Administrator’s Office, told the press Monday that the executive order on the new traffic rerouting scheme was still in the process of approval. Once approved, the proposed one-way scheme will be implemented on an experimental basis for 15 days for public awareness and information purposes.

As proposed, the one-way streets are: Climaco Ave. to Ledesma St up to Alejo Alvarez St. Buenavista St to Normal Road in Baliwasan, from Castillo Road to Suterville up to San Roque; from Suterville wall the way down to Raja Soliman to Baliwasan Seaside to junction of Baliwasan Chico.

Also to be declared one-way is from Fire Station at Mayor Climaco to Gov. Alvarez, and Varela St., among many other streets. The plan will also include other streets where “left turn” and right turns” are not allowed.

Chief Insp. Albert Sta. Teresa of Police Station 11 surmised, the new scheme may cause inconvenience to some people but is, however, expected to benefit a greater number more for the objective is to decongest vehicular traffic in the city.

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One time here we praised an NPA Commander named Oto, who bared a unilateral ceasefire in quake-stricken areas in Surigao, boasting still they would concentrate on rehabilitation efforts for victims. Seems another double-speak, huh. Read on…

An undetermined number of suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked Tuesday night a humanitarian mission which had just distributed relief goods to victims of the earthquake that hit Surigaodel Norte.

Lt. Col. Rico Amaro, commanding officer of the 30th Infantry Battalion (30th IB), said the humanitarian mission, led by 1Lt. Ryan Layug, chief of the unit’s civil-military operations, and the ABS-CBN Foundation, were on their way home to Surigao City when the suspected NPAs fired upon them in Barangay Linunggaman in San Francisco town.

No casualty, however, was reported. “Mabutinalang at walangnasaktansakanila,” Amaro said.

Amaro said the attackers are believed to be members of the Front Committee 16 of the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (CPP-NPA-NEMRC). The band, however, could not be reached for comment on Amaro’s report

The 30th IB commander confirmed, the NPA-Front Committee 16, through its spokesman “KaOto,” announced  Monday that it was calling-off their tactical operations effective Feb. 11, 2017 to pave the way for relief operations being conducted by the government and other stakeholders.

“I just hope that they will religiously adhere to their self-declared temporary ceasefire in the areas affected by earthquake,” Amaro said.

Major General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., commander of the 4th Infantry Division, said it’s really difficult to trust the NPAs who, despite declaring a temporary ceasefire in quake-affected areas, launched the attack on the humanitarian mission.

“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the recent harassment of the NPA. There is no way we can really trust these terrorists. They have deceived the entire nation when they fired upon the team that is composed of Army and civilian volunteers who had just delivered relief goods to the earthquake-stricken communities,” Madrigal said.

He added that the NPA’s recent declaration of ceasefire in the earthquake-affected area is nothing but lie and deception.

Army Colonel Franco NemesioGacal, 402nd Infantry Brigade commander, said they are right in always reminding their troops to be vigilant and always be on guard as they perform their relief and rehabilitation mission.

“The recent incident of attack on our troops coming from relief distribution mission, together with a benevolent NGO, reflects the duplicity of the NPA unworthy of their own declaration to stop any attacks on the soldiers on mercy and compassion mission,” Gacal said.

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Suspected pork barrel queen Janet Napoles could be tapped as potential witness to help the government run after public officials involved in the alleged fund misuse, according to a Palace official.

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo raised such possibility in the wake of reports the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to acquit Napoles in the illegal detention case.

Napoles was earlier convicted for forcibly detaining BenjurLuy, a whistleblower in the pork barrel scam, back in 2012, but still faces plunder complaints in connection with the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

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The strange death of North Korean royalty Kim Jong-nam, estranged exiled half-brother of leader Kim Jong-un, looks like a perfectly staged assassination, straight out of the pages of a spy novel.

The thriller. Why would Kim Jong-un go through the massive logistical trouble - and potential embarrassment - of staging the risky assassination of a blood relation on foreign soil?

Without elaborating, South Korea’s spy service told lawmakers on Wednesday that the North had been trying to kill Kim Jong-nam for five years.

And spy officials offered a single, shaky motive for the death: Kim Jong-un’s “paranoia” over his estranged brother.

And the details of the attack itself are a tangled mess as of now.

Kim told medical workers that he had been sprayed with a chemical, which brings to mind past attacks with poison-tipped pens linked to North Korean assassins. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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