Armed forces and law enforcement
In the Philippines, Zamboanga City hosts one of the largest number of military and police bases in the country. The Edwin Andrews Air Base, which handles the Air Force of the Philippines in the city; Camp General Basilio Navarro also known as Western Mindanao Command, the main headquarters of Armed Forces of the Philippines in Western part of Mindanao; the Philippine Army, Philippine Marines, and Philippine Navy are assigned to that command. The “Camp Enrile” and other three military camps can be found in the city.
Nelson Allaga is the currently assigned Chief of Staff of the Western Mindanao Command. He is the officer in charge of the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Light Reaction Battalion, Naval Forces Western Mindanao, and 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing PAF; with a number of approximately 42,000+ active and reserved personnel who have been assigned to the city.
Remains of 8 PAF officials in plane crash arrive
The remains of Maj. Gen. Mario ‘Butch’ Lacson, commander of the PAF’s 3rd Air Division in Zamboanga City, and 7 other personnel arrive at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, a day after their plane crashed in a subdivision in Cotabato City.