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Anyone hearing the current news out of Zamboanga City?
Its being reorted that AFP is engaged in heavy fighting with 400+ MNLF fighters in the City and that Philippine Naval Patrol Boats have engaged 100+ more in small vessels intercepted off the city port!
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Reports are settling down! The news is now being reported that the Navy intercepted and engaged approx 100 MNLF in small boats off Zamboanga City. The surviving MNLF made landfall where they then engaged in sporadic firefights with AFP troops. They are hold up in at least three city villages and are holding hostages!
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They are having kind of a wild day in that area. Continuing news stories can be found
here on the Philippine Daily Inquirer
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That's why I am not in Zamboanga City or Mindanao for that matter. Just a precaution
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That's why I am not in Zamboanga City or Mindanao for that matter. Just a precaution
Will, ACS did put out a warning to American citizens last week specifically warning about travel to Zamboanga area! NSA mudt have had some inklings. Also Phil Navy gunboats made an intercept starting things off!
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Will, ACS did put out a warning to American citizens last week specifically warning about travel to Zamboanga area! NSA mudt have had some inklings. Also Phil Navy gunboats made an intercept starting things off!
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Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens
U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines
September 9, 2013

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THANK YOU.

Violence Near Zamboanga City, Mindanao



The U.S. Embassy in Manila advises U.S. citizens against any travel to the Zamboanga region due to ongoing clashes between Philippine security forces and armed insurgents of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). MNLF insurgents have been engaged in battle with Philippine security forces in Barangays Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Tetuan, Talon-Talon, and Mariki in Zamboanga City since early morning, September 9, 2013. The Zamboanga City airport is currently closed. We have no information at this time whether the clashes will expand to neighboring areas, nor how long they may continue.
The Embassy has heard no reports of violence in neighboring Basilan province, but urges U.S. citizens to exercise caution and remain vigilant regarding their personal security situation.

U.S. citizens in the Zamboanga City area should shelter in place to avoid becoming involved in the fighting or should follow any instructions from local authorities regarding evacuation.

The Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to postpone any travel to the Zamboanga peninsula area at this time. The Embassy strongly reiterates its recommendation that U.S. citizens exercise extreme caution when travelling to Mindanao and to keep personal safety and security in mind during any stay in Mindanao.

For more information on security conditions in Mindanao, please refer to the July 5, 2013 Travel Warning for the Philippines that is posted on our web site,
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The Embassy wishes to remind all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and maintain an appropriate level of personal security in all circumstances by reviewing your personal safety plans; remaining aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitoring local news sources for updates.

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I am still in Zambo now at Mercedes which is about 12klm from the City where the fighting was.

I fly out out of on Wednesday after spending 2 weeks here.

So sad to see the innocent jeepney driver and passenger die.

These people dont wish to as-simulate but rather dictate.. It is an ass of a religion....Thats another story..cheers

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I am still in Zambo now at Mercedes which is about 12klm from the City where the fighting was.

I fly out out of on Wednesday after spending 2 weeks here.

So sad to see the innocent jeepney driver and passenger die.

These people dont wish to as-simulate but rather dictate.. It is an ass of a religion....Thats another story..cheers
Stay safe! Hopefully the situation will have normalized and they have the airport open for your flight out!
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Stay safe! Hopefully the situation will have normalized and they have the airport open for your flight out!
Thanks Mate.. The city is surrounded by Government Troops...cheers

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