Parts of Zamboanga City, Jolo town flooded due to heavy rains

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021   •   399

MANILA, Philippines — Heavy rains due to a low pressure area (LPA) spotted in the vicinity of Western Mindanao have resulted in flooding in parts of Zamboanga City and Jolo town proper in Sulu.

Floodwater due to rains that poured overnight since Sunday until before dawn on Monday affected many residents in Barangays Talisayan, Patalon, and Ayala.

Local authorities said the floodwaters reached knee-deep in some areas in the city and affected around 200 families. High-value crops and rice fields in the said areas were also affected.

The City’s Emergency Response Teams have been deployed to monitor the situation, and to evacuate, when necessary, residents in coastal barangays amid the weather disturbance.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported it has assisted in the evacuation of residents in Jolo, Sulu affected by the flooding in Barangays Asturias, Tulay, Hadju Butu, Chinese Pier, Serrantes, Takut-Takut, and Alat.

Photos posted by the PCG on its Facebook page show knee-deep floods and residents wading on water holding onto ropes held by rescuers.

No casualties were reported.

The state weather agency on Monday said the LPA was estimated at 90 kilometers southeast of Zamboanga City, embedded along the intertropical convergence zone.

The weather bureau warned that the combined effects of the weather disturbance will bring moderate to heavy rains in some parts of Mindanao and may cause flashfloods and landslides in areas prone to these hazards. – RRD (with details from 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


Over P20-M worth of illegal drugs seized in Sulu buy-bust ops

Robie de Guzman   •   March 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Some P20.4 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated in a buy-bust operation conducted in Jolo town of Sulu province, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.

Citing a report from the Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR), PNP officer-in-charge PLt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the illegal drugs were seized in an operation conducted on Sunday at Barangay Walled City.

Police said the buy-bust operation was jointly launched by intel operatives from Jolo MPS, Indanan MPS, 11th and 35th Mobile Intelligence Battalion, in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Bangsamoro region.

Operatives also arrested a drug suspect, identified as Ejek Ali Abduhalim, 44, during the operation.

“Seized from the suspect were one paper bag with more or less three kilograms of suspected shabu with a street value of P20.4 million and two mobile phones,” Eleazar said.

The suspect is now facing criminal charges violating Sections 5 and 11 of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“The PNP is working double-time to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in every region across the country, as we continue to intensify our anti-illegal drugs operations,”  Eleazar said.

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)


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