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… »

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… »

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… »

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 mayhem wreaked by… »

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 bid to address… »

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, the website of… »

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 victim Robert Hall,… »

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… »

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… »

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 the 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… »

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 fighters… »

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 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. The tugboat… »

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 armed encounters in the… »

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 Autonomous Region in… »

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-Tipo town… »

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 encounter between government… »

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… »

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. Gen.… »

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 Patikul, Sulu,… »

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… »

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. Senior Supt. Oscar… »

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 against the… »

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 top military… »

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. Gen.… »

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… »

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 been brought… »

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 Admiral Reynaldo Yoma,… »

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 Sumisip,… »

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 official… »

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. Capt.… »

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 Diwa in Taguig City. Abdulhusin… »

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… »

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… »

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 province, a police… »

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 said… »

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 City, Basilan province,… »

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… »

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… »

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 facility in this… »

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 bandits seized them… »

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 a… »

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 abducted allegedly by suspected… »

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 province of Sulu, officials said Saturday. Ensign Ian Chester… »

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 military official disclosed. Released was… »

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 official said. Capt. Ma.… »

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 Sunday, a military… »

Sulu clash leaves 5 soldiers, 10 bandits dead

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – Five soldiers and 15 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed in an encounter Friday in the province of Sulu, a military official said. Capt. Ma.… »

Police: Abu Sayyaf behind Nov. 9 twin blasts in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – The local police blamed the Abu Sayyaf for the recent twin bomb explosions that injured a K9 handler and a bomb-sniffing dog in this city.… »

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