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Topic - Ramon Zagala
Life in a southern Philippine city at the center of a hostage crisis was slowly returning to normal as troops went house to house Wednesday searching for remaining Muslim rebels and their hostages in a 10-day standoff that displaced more than 100,000 people.
Philippine forces have killed or captured nearly 100 of the Muslim guerrillas who have held scores of hostages for a week in a southern city, as the government pushes ahead with an offensive to retake rebel-held coastal communities, officials said Sunday.
holdouts that they faced two choices: surrender unconditionally or "suffer the consequences and feel the weight of the suffering of so many innocent people in your hands," said Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, a military spokesman.
Army troops and police special forces have regained rebel-held grounds and are pressing an assault deeper into communities in the coastal outskirts of Zamboanga city, where more than 100 Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas are holding hostages, Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, a military spokesman, said.