Curfew in Zamboanga Sibugay lifted

by Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Nov 17 2011 07:21 PM | Updated as of Nov 18 2011 08:02 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Rommel Jalosjos announced that the curfew imposed in his province, following skirmishes in different towns, has been lifted.

Jalosjos said the peace and order situation in the area has been restored, although some displaced families remain in evacuation centers.

The governor admitted that action needs to be undertaken to improve the "tarnished" image of Zamboanga Sibugay following reports that the province is a war zone.

He said the local government is reviewing plans of rehabilitation and tourism programs for areas that have great potential, such as Payao municipality, where a lair of notorious lawless leader Waning Abdusalam was captured by authorities 2 weeks ago.

Jalosjos said the bounty of P500,000 for the arrest and capture of Abdusalam and his group stays.

He also revealed that he has been receiving threats after incidents of violence in his area.