2 battalions from Davao Region to be sent to WestMinCom to help fight ASG

2 battalions from Davao Region to be sent to WestMinCom to help fight ASG

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – Two battalions of soldiers under the 10th Infantry Division in the Davao Region will beef up security forces in the Western Mindanao Command to h ...

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Dureza awaiting call from Abu Sayyaf re Norwegian captive

Dureza awaiting call from Abu Sayyaf re Norwegian captive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 July) – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza is awaiting a call from the alleged spokesperson of the Abu Sayyaff Group who reportedly ...

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Former Abu Sayyaf captive to officials and media: Please be sensitive

Former Abu Sayyaf captive to officials and media: Please be sensitive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 June) – A humanitarian worker who was held captive by the Abu Sayyaf for 61 days in 2008 appealed to officials and the media to please be sensitive in han ...

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Kidnap victim’s release allegedly a “gesture of goodwill”   

Kidnap victim’s release allegedly a “gesture of goodwill”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 June) – “No ransom” was reportedly paid to the Abu Sayyaf to secure the release early Friday morning of the lone Filipina among four victims kidnapped in ...

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Kidnap victim freed by Abu Sayyaf; will be presented to Duterte in Davao City

Kidnap victim freed by Abu Sayyaf; will be presented to Duterte in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) --The lone Filipina among four victims kidnapped from a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal was freed by the Abu Sayyaf early Friday morning ...

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COMMENTARY: A Tausug  Voice on  Orlando and Jolo

COMMENTARY: A Tausug Voice on Orlando and Jolo

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/18 June) -- Barely a week into the fasting month of Ramadan, our peaceful introspection and prayerful reveries were shattered by newsfeeds on the gruesome m ...

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Martial law no solution to Abu Sayyaf menace — Gov. Hataman

Martial law no solution to Abu Sayyaf menace — Gov. Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) -- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman has doubted the wisdom of putting Sulu and Basilan provinces under martial law in a bi ...

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Palace condemns death of Canadian hostage in Sulu

Palace condemns death of Canadian hostage in Sulu

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 June) -- Malacañang has condemned the killing Monday of Canadian Robert Hall by the bandit group Abu Sayyaf, an article posted Tuesday in pcoo.gov.ph ...

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Canada’s Trudeau: “justice, however long it takes”

Canada’s Trudeau: “justice, however long it takes”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding the Abu Sayyaf “fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder” of kidnap vi ...

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Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 June) – No negotiations. The Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will have to “face the full force of the law for their terrori ...

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Canadian’s body found in remote Sulu village

Canadian’s body found in remote Sulu village

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – The body of Canadian kidnap victim John Ridsdel was found in a remote village in Talipao, Sulu this morning. “Wala naman pong nakita na tama ...

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Canadian PM condemns beheading of Abu kidnap victim

Canadian PM condemns beheading of Abu kidnap victim

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 April) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued on Tuesday a statement condemning the death of Canadian national John Ridsdel in the hands of ...

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Canadian kidnap victim executed by Abu Sayyaf

Canadian kidnap victim executed by Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) – The severed head of a Canadian national was found in front of the municipal town hall in Jolo, Sulu Monday, the deadline set by the Abu Say ...

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Naval TF TawiTawi  chases Abu Sayyaf

Naval TF TawiTawi  chases Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 April) -- The Naval Task Force Tawi-Tawi was in hot pursuit Sunday night of a speedboat with heavily armed men on board, believed to be combat fighter ...

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THE PHILSOUTH LINE: When Numbers Matter

THE PHILSOUTH LINE: When Numbers Matter

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April) -- It was on 9 April, Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) when a bloody encounter transpired between government troops and followers of the Abu S ...

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4 Indonesian sailors believed kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

4 Indonesian sailors believed kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April)-- Gunmen of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) attacked an Indonesian tugboat with 10 sailors on board, as it was plying Philippine waters Friday night ...

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Al-Barka mayor seeks more support to education as “wars here will not help the youth”

Al-Barka mayor seeks more support to education as “wars here will not help the youth”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April 2016) -- Al-Barka Mayor Darussalam Majid reiterated his appeal for more support to education for his young constituents, following the series of ...

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Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) -- Malaysia’s closure of its border with southern Philippines has caused a spike in prices of commodities in the island provinces of the Autonom ...

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2,000 residents affected in Basilan conflict

2,000 residents affected in Basilan conflict

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 April) – As a ceasefire was declared today, over 2,000 residents are presently affected by the recent armed conflict in Baguindan village in Tipo-Ti ...

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A thousand families fleeTipo-tipo village after military-Abu Sayyaf clash

A thousand families fleeTipo-tipo village after military-Abu Sayyaf clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 April) – The Crisis Management Committee of Tipo-tipo town in Basilan has reported that at least a thousand families have fled Baguindan where an enco ...

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Troops kill 2 Abu Sayyafs in Sulu clash, Army claims

Troops kill 2 Abu Sayyafs in Sulu clash, Army claims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 12 Nov) – Two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a clash in the hinterlands of Sulu early Thursday, the military said, quot ...

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3 soldiers injured in clash against Abu Sayyaf

3 soldiers injured in clash against Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/02 November) - Three soldiers were wounded in a clash with the Abu Sayyaf on Monday as the military offensive continued in the province of Sulu. Brig. Ge ...

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Korean kidnap victim dies in Sulu

Korean kidnap victim dies in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/01 November) - A 73-year-old Korean national held captive for nine months and seven days by the Abu Sayyaf was found dead late Saturday evening in Patiku ...

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2 escape unscathed in Sulu roadside bomb explosion

2 escape unscathed in Sulu roadside bomb explosion

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 Oct) – Two people were lucky enough to escape unscathed on Tuesday in a roadside bombing perpetrated by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in ...

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Improvised bomb found in Lamitan City

Improvised bomb found in Lamitan City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/27 October) – The police and military foiled a bombing attempt by suspected members by the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province, an official said Tuesday. Seni ...

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4 Abu Sayyaf suspects nabbed in Sulu

4 Abu Sayyaf suspects nabbed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/24 October) – Four suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), one of them a woman, were arrested early Saturday in Sulu as military offensive again ...

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2 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf

2 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/October 23) – Two soldiers were wounded in a clash with suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits as the military operations continue in the hinterlands of Sulu, a to ...

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Boy, 3, wounded in Sulu firefight

Boy, 3, wounded in Sulu firefight

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 October) – A three-year-old boy was hit by a stray bullet in a firefight initiated by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits on Wednesday in Patikul, Sulu. Brig ...

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Mining exec kidnapped May 3 freed Tuesday

Mining exec kidnapped May 3 freed Tuesday

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/21 October) – The finance officer of a mining firm who was kidnapped from a hotel in Bongao, Tawi-tawi on May 3 was freed in Indanan, Sulu on October 20, ...

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Kidnappers and Samal 4 victims now in Sulu? 

Kidnappers and Samal 4 victims now in Sulu? 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Sept) --  The three foreigners and a Filipino abducted nearly midnight Monday from the Holiday Oceanview Resort in the Island garden City of Samal  have b ...

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Abu holding Zambo Sibugay town mayor; 7 would-be victims of human trafficking rescued

Abu holding Zambo Sibugay town mayor; 7 would-be victims of human trafficking rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 May) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu are now holding Mayor Gemma Adana of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay, a military official said Friday. Rear Admira ...

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Basilan barangay official, escort slain in Basilan ambush   

Basilan barangay official, escort slain in Basilan ambush  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – A village official and his security escort ewre killed in an ambush by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) early Saturday in Sumi ...

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6 Abus, 2 soldiers killed in Sulu clash

6 Abus, 2 soldiers killed in Sulu clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 April) – Eight suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group and two soldiers died in a two-hour firefight Thursday in the province of Sulu, a military of ...

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Gunmen seize retired Marine off Sulu

Gunmen seize retired Marine off Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 April) – Gunmen believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have seized a retired Marine late Monday off Sulu, a military official disclosed. ...

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17 Abu detainees transferred to Taguig; kidnapped Fil-Chinese businesswoman freed

17 Abu detainees transferred to Taguig; kidnapped Fil-Chinese businesswoman freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – Seventeen suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group were transferred Friday from the Basilan provincial jail to Camp Bagong ...

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3 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Sulu roadside bombing

3 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Sulu roadside bombing

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 5 March) – Three soldiers were killed while six others were wounded Wednesday in a roadside bombing believed to be the handiwork of the Abu Sayyaf Grou ...

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7 killed, 23 wounded in Army-ASG clash in Sulu

7 killed, 23 wounded in Army-ASG clash in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 Feb) – Seven people – five suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits and two soldiers – were killed while 23 others were wounded in a firefight Wednesday in Sulu ...

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Rubber plantation workers injured in Basilan blast

Rubber plantation workers injured in Basilan blast

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) – A rubber plantation worker was injured in an improvised bomb explosion perpetrated by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sumisip, Basilan provin ...

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1 killed, 7 wounded in blast, ambuscades in Basilan, Sulu

1 killed, 7 wounded in blast, ambuscades in Basilan, Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – One person was killed while four others were wounded in a bomb explosion and in an ambush in the hinterlands of Basilan province, officials ...

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Suspected Abu, 7 others bolt Basilan jail

Suspected Abu, 7 others bolt Basilan jail

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/27 January) – A suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit and seven other people accused of different crimes escaped early Tuesday from the provincial jail in Isabela ...

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Death toll in Zambo blast: 2

Death toll in Zambo blast: 2

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/24 January) – The death toll in Friday’s explosion near a bus terminal here has reached two as one of 53 injured died in the hospital. Dr. Rodelin Agbulo ...

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Gov’t troops capture 2 Abu Sayyaf camps in Basilan clashes

Gov’t troops capture 2 Abu Sayyaf camps in Basilan clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 21 January) – Government forces captured two Abu Sayyaf camps in Basilan following separate clashes Tuesday that led to the death of two of the group’s ...

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Escape plan of Abu suspects at Zambo jail foiled

Escape plan of Abu suspects at Zambo jail foiled

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel on Monday foiled a plan by suspected Abu Sayyaf members to escape from a detention facilit ...

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3 construction workers rescued in Basilan

3 construction workers rescued in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – Government forces have rescued three employees of a construction firm undertaking a government project an hour after suspected Abu Sayyaf ban ...

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Rubber plantation worker injured in Basilan explosion

Rubber plantation worker injured in Basilan explosion

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 7 Jan) – A rubber plantation worker was injured when an improvised bomb exploded Wednesday in the town of Sumisip, Basilan province. The incident came ...

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Kidnapped Zambo businesswoman freed in Sulu   

Kidnapped Zambo businesswoman freed in Sulu  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 December) – A businesswoman kidnapped here four months ago was freed in Sulu Wednesday, Christmas Eve. Released was Michelle Panes, 36, who was abduct ...

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Troops arrest 4 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits carrying explosives

Troops arrest 4 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits carrying explosives

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 December)–Government troops have arrested last Wednesday four suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits transporting explosives and bomb-making materials in the pr ...

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Kidnapped fish breeder freed in Sulu

Kidnapped fish breeder freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 December) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released late Tuesday a Malaysian-Chinese fish breeder they seized six months ago in Sandakan, Sabah, a milit ...

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3 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, 2 soldiers wounded in Basilan clash

3 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, 2 soldiers wounded in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – Three suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed while two soldiers were wounded in a clash Thursday in Basilan province, a military officia ...

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Troops kill 5 Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan clash

Troops kill 5 Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 November) – Five suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf were killed as government forces overran a bandit camp following a clash in Basilan province Sund ...

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