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Soldier dies in skirmish with Reds

A lone soldier, whose identity has been purposely concealed by authorities pending information of his kin, was reportedly killed when troops under the 53rd Infantry Battalion’s (53IB) Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN encountered several members of the New People’s Army in Barangay San Isidro, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte, Monday at around 8:30 p.m.

Public storm warning signals have been raised in 25 areas as tropical storm “Basyang” (international name “Sanba”) continues to approach Mindanao.

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Eight individuals were killed including three children while five others were critically wounded when an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) exploded at the village of Guban in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte late Wednesday afternoon.

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Typhoon ‘Vinta’ toll rises to 240

The death toll in the onslaught of tropical storm “Vinta” rose to at least 240 as more reports began to reach police stations especially in flashflood-swept towns in Zamboanga Peninsula region.

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Tropical storm “Vinta” (international name “Tembin”) has further weakened as it moved towards Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga del Norte yesterday.

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Looming cyclone

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A new low-pressure area east of Mindanao has a high probability of intensifying into a tropical cyclone within 24 hours, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.
PAGASA estimated the location of the LPA at 150 kilometers east-northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur before noon yesterday.

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