Zamboanga naval base under lockdown as 6 Marines infected with COVID-19
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Zamboanga naval base under lockdown as 6 Marines infected with COVID-19
Roel Pareño ( - July 31, 2020 - 1:58pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- At least six Marine troopers tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which prompted a naval base facility in Zamboanga City to impose a cluster lockdown, an official said Friday.
The troopers, who belonged with the Combat Service Support Brigade of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), were among the latest persons infected with the deadly virus in the city aside from the additional 17 newly confirmed cases released by the local inter-agency task force Thursday afternoon.

Maj. Arvin John Encinas, spokesman of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said the six troopers have no travel history as they were only based inside the naval base of Romulo Espaldon Station.

“It’s local transmission because the six soldiers have no travel history. Most probably (they contracted the virus) in Zamboanga City because one of them usually goes out being the mess sergeant,” Encinas said.

Four of the infected troopers who were asymptomatic were placed inside the Westmincom camp quarantine facility while the two others were admitted at West Metro Medical Center. 

“But all of them are in stable condition,” Encinas said.

The military official said contact tracing has been on going inside the NFWM to determine who will be placed for swab testing.

“Contact tracing is ongoing to identify as to who will be prioritized for testing while the area was already placed on lockdown,” Encinas said.

Meanwhile, at least 17 newly confirmed cases were also recorded in this city that brought the list of total COVID-19 positive to 546 cases with 263 active cases and 267 recoveries while mortality remained at 16 persons.

The IATF said of the 17 latest cases, at least six were contracted in the local community, six locally stranded individuals and five were returning overseas Filipinos.

Zamboanga City is the lone area in Mindanao that will remain under general community quarantine until August 15. The rest of Mindanao will be under modified GCQ.

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: August 9, 2020 - 3:31pm

Follow this thread for updates from Zamboanga City and the Zamboanga Peninsula.

August 9, 2020 - 3:31pm

The vice mayor of Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte survived a gun attack on Saturday night and was unscathed after unidentified gunmen strafed his house while he was on self-quarantine, police say.

The victim was identified as Joel Reluya Tendero, 56, Police Capt. Edwin Duco, public information officer of Police Regional Office 9 (PRO), says.

He says police found Tendero was resting inside his farm house at Pula Ulo in Barangay San Roque gunmen shot at his house from a distance.

The vice mayor will continue his quarantine until Monday, Duco also says. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

August 8, 2020 - 7:26pm

Officials say they are alarmed with the rise of COVID-19 cases to 689 in Zamboanga as they appeal to their constituents to participate in order to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.  

Additional 14 cases were recorded since Thursday night and another died, bringing the total number of deaths to 23.

A local health official says almost half of the total number of COVID-19 infections in Zamboanga are active cases. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

August 7, 2020 - 5:45pm

Police say a barangay chairman was arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosive during a search operation in Payao town, Zamboanga Sibugay. 

The arresting operatives also recovered from the suspect, Saran Ayunan Abdurahman, 45, barangay chairman of Kulasian, at least 20 sachets of shabu worth P68,000. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

August 6, 2020 - 1:38pm

Zamboanga City has put up more checkpoints and border control points to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The checkpoints will conduct quarantine and biosecurity checks to guard against possible contamination as well as against pests and contaminants that may be in food and other supplies brought into the city.

Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar says all transportation coming into the city are subject to safety checks. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

July 30, 2020 - 1:35pm

A person was killed and two of his companions were seriously injured when someone lobbed a grenade at their hut in a remote village in Zamboanga City before dawn on Thursday.

The fatality was identified as Radzkil Tutoh Assari, while those injured were Mohammad Jainal Asid Ammad and Ersad Asari. The casualties are from Sulu but live in Barangay Bunguiao where they work as property caretakers, says Police Capt. Edwin Duco, spokesman of Police Regional Office 9 (PRO).

Barangay chairperson Leo Resurreccion, who heard the explosion about 2:30a.m, immediately alerted the Police Station 3 that responded in the area, which is some 35 kilometers away from the city proper. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

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