Cabatangan Zamboanga City Philippines
President Duterte and his followers promote the biggest DECEPTION and con in the Philippines. They push for Federalism and constitutional reform or charter change (cha-cha) just to boost political dynasties and to give the Muslims(Moros) their own state, a "BangasaMoro" (Muslim Nation), an Islamic Nation within the Philippines.
98 Barangays of Zamboanga City within Region 9 - Mindanao in the Republic of The Philippines
Arena Blanco-D2 ● Ayala-D1 ● Baliwasan-D1 ● Baluno-D1 ● Boalan-D2 ● Bolong-D2 ● Buenavista-D2 ● Bunguiao-D2 ● Busay-D2 ● Cabaluay-D2 ● Cabatangan-D1 ● Cacao-D2 ● Calabasa-D2 ● Calarian-D1 ● Camino Nuevo-D1 ● Campo Islam-D1 ● Canelar-D1 ● Capisan-D1 ● Cawit-D1 ● Culianan-D2 ● Curuan-D2 ● Daap ● Dita-D2 ● Divisoria-D2 ● Dulian Bunguiao-D2 ● Dulian Pasonanca-D1 ● Guisao-D2 ● Guiwan-D2 ● Kasanyangan-D2 ● La Paz-D1 ● Labuan-D1 ● Lamisahan-D2 ● Landang Gua-D2 ● Landang Laum-D2 ● Lanzones-D2 ● Lapakan-D2 ● Latuan Curuan-D2 ● Licomo-D2 ● Limaong ● Limpapa-D1 ● Lubigan-D2 ● Lumayang-D2 ● Lumbangan-D2 ● Lunzuran-D2 ● Maasin-D1 ● Malagutay-D1 ● Mampang-D2 ● Manalipa-D2 ● Mangusu-D2 ● Manicahan-D2 ● Mariki-D1 ● Mercedes-D2 ● Muti-D2 ● Pamucutan-D1 ● Pangapuyan-D2 ● Panubigan-D2 ● Pasilmanta-D2 ● Pasobolong-D2 ● Pasonanca-D1 ● Patalon-D1 ● Putik-D2 ● Quiniput-D2 ● Recodo-D1 ● Rio Hondo-D1 ● Salaan-D2 ● San Jose Cawa-Cawa-D1 ● San Jose Gusu-D1 ● San Ramon-D1 ● San Roque-D1 ● Sangali-D2 ● Sibulao Curuan-D2 ● Sinubong-D1 ● Sinunuc-D1 ● Sta. Barbara-D1 ● Sta. Catalina-D2 ● Sta. Maria-D1 ● Sto. Niño-D1 ● Tagasilay-D2 ● Taguiti-D2 ● Talabaan-D2 ● Talisayan-D1 ● Talon-Talon-D2 ● Taluksangay-D2 ● Tetuan-D2 ● Tictapul-D2 ● Tigbalabag-D2 ● Tigtabon-D2 ● Tolosa-D2 ● Tugbungan-D2 ● Tulungatung-D1 ● Tumaga-D1 ● Tumalutab-D2 ● Tumitus-D2 ● Victoria-D2 ● Vitali-D2 ● Zambowood-D2 ● Zone I-D1 ● Zone II-D1 ● Zone III-D1 ● Zone IV-D1
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Cabatangan, Zamboanga City, Philippines
Cabatangan became well known on November 27, 2001 when as early as 4:10am, the Philippines military bombarded the 96-hectare complex of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in Zamboanga City. -->Read About It
- 1 Location of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 2 History of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 3 People of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 4 Elected Government Officials of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 5 Businesses in Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 6 Cabatangan, Zamboanga City supports Philippine Cycling
- 7 Real Estate for Sale or lease in Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 8 Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 9 Schools in Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 10 Economy of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 11 Natural Resources of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 12 Tourists Attractions of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 13 Fiestas and Traditions of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 14 Your Story about Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 15 Families of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- 16 Cabatangan Siege - Conflict: ARMM borbarded by AFP November 27, 2001
- 17 Cabatangan Zamboanga City Photo Gallery
- 18 Disclaimer
Location of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
Distance from CITY PROPER: 6.64 Km.
Location: within the 7-kilometer radius from the city proper, west coast
History of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
Long before the coming of the Spaniards to Zamboanga, the places here had no name. It was only upon the arrival of the Spaniards when the places here got their names. This is how Cabatangan was named.
The first thing that the Spaniards did on their arrival was to go sight-seeing and get better acquainted with the place and the people. One day, the Spaniards reached the place where they saw natives trekking down the hills carrying long bamboo tubes which apparently were to be filled with water from the river.
Though the Spaniards did not know the dialect, their curiosity was such that one of them asked the natives, what the name of their village was. Thinking that the former wanted to know what they were carrying, the natives answered “Batango”.
After the incident, the place was called “CABATANGAN” by the Spaniards.
In 1989 after the creation of the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), 96 hectares were allocated to the ARMM by the national government in the hilly barangay of Cabatangan. A wide perimeter road was constructed to circumvent this 96 hectares where the ARMM built several buildings to house various ARMM offices. In 2001 The ARMM had a plebiscite in Zamboanga to annex Zamboanga into the ARMM and it was defeated. Nur Misuari (leader of the MNLF) was irate over this election result and decided to have his militia (MNLF) camp in this 96 hectare area. The AFP did not take this lightly so this area of the ARMM was borbarded by AFP November 27, 2001. The MNLF was defeated but thousands of citizens suffered. This 96 hectares remains to be the property of the ARMM.
The city of Zamboanga is trying to buy this property from the national government to rid of the ARMM from Zamboanga City. However, the Bangsamoro wants this property back and claims that once the ARMM becomes the "Bangasamoro Islamic State" within the federal system form of government, the 96 hectares should be repossessed. Then once again the militias of the Bangsamoro will make cabatangan their base.
Last June 2018 president Duterte already agreed to have the National government buy back this property from the ARMM. Then the National government will sell it directly to the City of Zamboanga.
So why is the city council of Zamboanga City procrastinating on the purchase of this 96 hectares from the National government?
People of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- Population of Cabatangan as of 2015 Census: 13,680
- Population of Cabatangan as of May 1, 2010 Census: 9,944
- Total Population of Cabatangan as of (2007 Census): 8,670
- Number of Household (2007 Census): 1,076
Elected Government Officials of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- Elected Officials of Cabatangan for the term of 2018 - 2020
- Punong Barangay Chairman/Captain : Antonio Jimenez Saavedra
- Barangay Kagawads/Councilors:
- Allan Esteban Dagun
- Valentino Buenaventura Lingcon
- Rowel Herrera Arquiza
- Isabel Arecillas Carpio
- Girle Bautista Lozano
- Efren Rojas Jalon Francisco
- Zonia Trinidad Credo
- Sangguniang Kabataan (SK officials)
- SK Chairman: ?
- SK kagawad:
- 7 members: need their names
- Elected Officials of Cabatangan for the term of 2013-2016-18
- Punong Barangay Chairman/Captain : Saavedra, Antonio Jimenez
- Barangay Kagawad Lingcon, Valentino Buenaventura
- Barangay Kagawad Dagun, Allan Esteban
- Barangay Kagawad Lozano, Girlie Bautista
- Barangay Kagawad Arquiza, Rowel Hererra
- Barangay Kagawad Carpio, Isabel Arcillas
- Barangay Kagawad Jalon Francisco, Edilberto Rojas
- Barangay Kagawad Jalon Francisco, Edwina Rosal
- Elected Officials of Cabatangan for the term of 2010-2013
- Cabatangan, Barangay Chairman, Ramon D. Dagun
- Cabatangan, Kagawad 1, Joseph O. Arcillas
- Cabatangan, Kagawad 2, Allan E. Dagun
- Cabatangan, Kagawad 3, Isabel A. Carpio
- Cabatangan, Kagawad 4, Antonio J. Saavedra
- Cabatangan, Kagawad 5, Efren R. Jalon Francisco
- Cabatangan, Kagawad 6, Girlie B. Lozano
- Cabatangan, Kagawad 7, Deogracias G. Budlong Jr.
- Cabatangan, SK Chairman, Maricris C. Fernandez
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The barangay has power and authority over its domain. The improvement of the barangay rests on the barangay officials. The barangay chairman, the barangay council and the local businessmen forge the prosperity of the barangay. Not the president of the Philippines, senate, nor congress, not the governor of the province, not the mayor nor council of the municipality or city. Poor barangays stay poor because of weak and/or ignorant(uninformed) barangay leaders.
When roads need to be built or any infrastructure within the barangay is needed, all the barangay officials have to do is make a resolution and demand for it from the city or municipality council. The resolution will force the city/municipal council or responsible government office to hear the legitimate demands. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."
Practically anything that has to do with the barangay, the barangay officials have a say on it and most likely the authority over it. The majority of the barangay officials are not aware of their duties and power. They depend on the city council or mayor. The elected barangay officials are afraid of the mayor and city/municipality's "Sangguniang Panlungsod". They are in fear of being ousted or removed from office. The truth is, "Sangguniang Panlungsod" does not have the power to remove any elected barangay officials from office. Only the COURT OF LAW can do this (judicial branch of the government). Information is power. Be informed.
The control of traffic is not up to the city council or chief of police. It is controlled by the barangay. If the barangay needs traffic enforcers, the barangay can make a resolution to demand it from the city or municipality council. When the electric coop or the water district do not maintain their lines, the barangay can directly demand for the maintenance from the utility companies. No need to wait for city council.
The citizens also has the power to make demands to the barangay officials. In case the officials get blinded. Simply file an official complaint with the barangay secretary naming the Punong barangay as the respondent representing the barangay.
Cleaning the shorelines, drainage systems, streets, rivers, and parks within your barangay is YOUR responsibility. You are accountable for this. It is not the responsibility of the City/Municipality officials. The citizens and officials of the barangay are responsible.
- BUDGET: As far as the preparation for the budget expenditures, it starts at the barangay level, then moves on to cities, municipalities, provinces and regions. The barangays need to exercise their authority. They need to put their yearly budget together for their administration and future projects. The majority of the barangays leave this job to the municipality and city. This is so wrong. Then when the budget doesn't come or is lacking, they complain.
- The budget for the barangays does go to the City or Municipality, but simply for holding and later distribution. The city or municipality DOES NOT approve the budget. It was already approved by congress. The city or municipality simply "distributes" the approved budget.
- The bureau of internal revenue is in cahoots to subdue the barangays, municipalities and provinces. They call the rightful shares to the taxes collected as "Internal Revenue Allotment Dependency". It is not a dependency. It is the lawful and rightful share of the LGU as specified in "TITLE III, SHARES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS IN THE PROCEEDS OF NATIONAL TAXES, CHAPTER I, Allotment of Internal Revenue Taxes, Section 284."
- Imperial Manila does not exist anymore. Budgetary planning has been .
- DURING ELECTIONS: Where do City and Municipality politicians go to campaign? They seek the support of the Barangay officials. They plead to the barangay folks for the votes. After the election they forget you. Do not ever forget the power of the barangay.
Ignorance keeps the pinoys thinking that Manila rules. Be informed, be educated and make your barangay prosper.
- Absolutely NO need for FEDERALISM. It is a ploy to give the Bangsamoro an Islamic State where the religion of . Bangsamoro will be a HOMELAND not for all Filipinos but for only the Muslim Filipinos. It violates the constitution's "separation of church and state". Religion is always good for the people but it should never be embraced or financed by government. Tax exemption is not tantamount to financing. Every non-profit organization is tax-exempt.
Businesses in Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
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Cabatangan, Zamboanga City supports Philippine Cycling
Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
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- ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
- CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
- Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>
Real Estate for Sale or lease in Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
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- FILIPINOS WAKE UP! THE TAXES YOU PAID ARE USED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO EXCLUSIVELY FINANCE THE RELIGION OF ISLAM.
Freedom of religion, yes. Equality, yes. But no favoritism.
Schools in Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
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Due to Covid19: Pursuant to the instructions of President Roa Duterte, and as recommended by the DepEd, the opening of classes for the year 2020-2021 is deferred to October 5, 2020.
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PUBLIC NOTICE: Why pretend that the National language of the Philippines is Tagalog? It should be English. To be a Teacher, doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, nurse, computer technician; what books do you learn from? English books of course. All your tests are in English. The constitution of the Philippines is written in English. All the laws and new laws introduced by congress are in English. For that matter, you can't be a teacher in a school system unless you know English. The "Licensure Exam for Teachers" is in ENGLISH! Who are these people forcing Tagalog down our throats? Tagalog is simply one of the many dialects of the Philippines. Keep your dialects but learn and be fluent and proficient in ENGLISH.
Cabatangan Elementary School is part of Sta. Maria district. It is in Upper Cabatangan, which is the higher area of Cabatangan. To reach it, it is best to take the road that passes by the Civil Service Commission Region IX satellite office in going up. That road will also take you past a GMA TV Network satellite, the San Isidro Labrador chapel, and the Cabatangan barangay hall. The school is reached just after making a left turn, where the sloping ground starts to level off. Since it is located on the higher grounds of Cabatangan, the breeze there is cool and fresh.
Economy of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
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Natural Resources of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Roy Cimatu - since May 8, 2017
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power and thermal energy conversion. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
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- Cabatangan Heights: People come here just for the view. You can see the spectacular view of Zamboanga City
- Cabatangan Shooting Range - Located in Lower Cabatangan
Fiestas and Traditions of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
Barangay Fiesta: every May 1 in honor of St. Joseph
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I have lived in Zamboanga City for years & moved to America in 1994. My mom Mary Kuan,& my dad Antonio Aizon bought land from Mr. Machado in 1987 & started construction on our house a year later. I never wanted to leave Cabatangan, I had the greatest friends & a lot of family down the street in Pasonanca. The people of Cabatangan are the most humble,& generous.(real people!) I miss it there so much, my grandfather; Rafael Yap Aizon recently passed away,& I regreted not being able to attend his funeral.
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- July 14, 2005
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As I recall Cabatangan was famous for it's massive statue of a human with a head of an Eagle. When I was a child we used to go there on Sundays where my aunt tried (as in tried but never did) to learn how to drive and we nearly fell into the rice fields. But I bet the rice fields are long gone now!
- Submitted_by: Marie
- March 9, 2006
Families of Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
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Cabatangan Siege - Conflict: ARMM borbarded by AFP November 27, 2001
DISPLACEMENT FACT SHEET
Fact Sheet Title : Cabatangan Armed Conflict
Case : Mass Evacuation
Date of Incident : November 27, 2001
Place of Incidence : Cabatangan Complex, Barangay Cabatangan, Zamboanga City
Victims : 1,134 families (still rapidly increasing to approximately 2,000 families) from the affected areas of Cabatangan, Sta. Maria, San Roque and Pasonanca.
Motive : Intensive air strike and ground assault on more than 300 MNLF-Misuari loyalist faction occupying some buildings at the Cabatangan Complex, site of ARMM satellite office in Zamboanga City
NARRATIVE ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENT:
Displaced families have sought safer temporary shelters in different evacuation centers put up in Sta. Maria Elementary School, Pasonanca Elementary School, San Roque Elementary School, San Roque Parish, Baliwasan Central School, Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Complex, Western Immaculate Archdiocesan School, Southcom High School, Kanukutan Km. 7, Pasonanca Elementary School, Cabatangan Elementary School, Putik Central Elementary School and Tetuan Elementary School.
The mass exodus of more than 1,300 families is a result of massive air strikes and ground assault conducted by government troops as early as 4:00 a.m. of November 27, 2001 at the Cabatangan Complex, site of the ARMM Property in Zamboanga City. The complex also houses the different regional government offices such as the Commission on Audit, Population Commission, Civil Service Commission, Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center, DECS Training Center and the Zamboanga Arturo Eustaquio College Department of Criminology.
The displacement of the civilians actually started last November 19, 2001 as more than 300 MNLF-Misuari faction occupied the Lupong Taga-pagpaganap ng Purok in Cabatangan and reportedly harassed the residents.
Last November 19, 2001, hundreds of former MNLF fighters raided military detachments and attacked with mortars a major Army base in Jolo, Sulu. The encounter left 51 gunmen-renegades, 4 soldiers, and 7 civilians dead and more than 40 others were wounded. Sulu Governor, Yusop Jikir said more than 1,600 families or approximately 10,000 dependents have fled their homes for fear of a larger attack by the Misuari-led faction allegedly joined-in by Abu Sayyaf elements.
Sulu has now 4,000 soldiers comprising eight battalions. This is in the wake of MNLFMisuari faction taking up rebellious stance against the government. The faction’s leadership is maintaining that the upcoming ARMM elections (November 26, 2001) is a blatant violation of the peace accord and a sign of disrespect for the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) which during its Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers in Bamako, Mali in June 2001 adopted a resolution urging the Philippine government to postpone the ARMM elections to year 2003 pending full implementation of the GRPMNLF Peace Accord. The disgruntled faction also claims that the Arroyo administration turned its back on the MNLF. Misuari was ousted early this year as chieftain of the once powerful separatists rebel group by his own deputies led by Dr. Parouk Hussin, now President Arroyo’s adviser for Mindanao Affairs and most potent ARMM gubernatorial candidate. A senior MNLF official said that Misuari is still the MNLF Chairman and the OIC is recognizing him as the only leader of the MNLF. The same official said that he received reports that disgruntled MNLF gunmen also attacked the regional office of the Commission on Elections in Cotabato City last November 18, 2001 but there were no reports of casualties. Military and MNLF forces also clashed Monday morning in remote villages in Pikit town in North Cotabato.
Reports of the impending attack on this city by the guerillas resulted on the suspension of classes at all levels last November 19, 2001. Six new aircrafts comprising 3 SF26 fighters, 2 Huey helicopters, 1 OV10 Bomber and 12 pilots were sent off at the Edwin Andrews’ Airbase. The November 27 military operation that ensued aggravated the situation as MNLF elements who were flushed out from their post in Cabatangan scattered to civilian residential communities in Sta. Maria, Pasonanca, Malagutay and San Roque. Cornered, the renegades took civilians as hostage and used them as human shields from military offensives. A still undetermined number of civilian casualties both dead and wounded were also officially reported at the height of the conflict.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office, Social Action Center Archdiocese of Zamboanga and the larger civil society have conducted round-the –clock relief operations in the different evacuation centers. As of November 27, 2001, twenty-five (25) of the eighty-one (81) hostages were released unconditionally. However, an undetermined number of hostages are still being held hostage in Cabatangan.
The armed conflict paralyzed the regular business activities, banking operations, transportation, and education and virtually turned the city within its seven-kilometer radius a deserted town.
Prepared by: ZAMIBASULTA Ecumenical Forum
Balay-Western Mindanao Region
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines-Zamboanga City
November 27, 2001
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