Baguindan and the Fight to Fulfill a Promise of Peace

Baguindan and the Fight to Fulfill a Promise of Peace

TIPO-TIPO, Basilan (MindaNews/23 September) -- Abdulhusin Inam had yet to learn how to walk so his parents and siblings would carry him as they flee the village of Baguindan at th ...

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Stop sending scalawags to Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, PNP chief urged

Stop sending scalawags to Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, PNP chief urged

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) – The practice of sending scalawags in the Philippine National Police (PNP) to Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-tawi should stop, especially under a Preside ...

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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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THE PHILSOUTHLINE: Hope in Al-Barka

THE PHILSOUTHLINE: Hope in Al-Barka

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 April) -- It was four years ago when I first saw AlBarka in Basilan as a relatively peaceful place--still not fully developed, but youth in its villag ...

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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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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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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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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Western Mindanao Wardaddy?

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Western Mindanao Wardaddy?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) -- In my sporadic camp sojourns in childhood, I knew foot soldiers as friendly just-adults who fashioned slingshots for me and taught me how to use ...

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Isabela City vice mayoralty bet injured in shooting incident

Isabela City vice mayoralty bet injured in shooting incident

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/15 November) – A former town official who is seeking the post of vice mayor in Isabela City, Basilan was injured when motorcycle-riding gunmen shot him e ...

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When women lead the way

When women lead the way

A Badjau woman leads the way for around 10 motorized bancas in Isabela, Basilan morning of November 2, 2015. A beautiful display of her power and grace as she maneuvers the Bangsa ...

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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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Hataman’s convoy escapes Basilan roadside bombing

Hataman’s convoy escapes Basilan roadside bombing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – The convoy of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman was luckily spared from a roadside bombing in Basilan early ...

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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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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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BASILAN, the Belle

BASILAN, the Belle

Basilan, the basin of Moro's fresh breath Wide expanse of banana, land's breadth Your youth arise The elderly and wise Its beaches beckon of a new day. Masses summon Wade here, re ...

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Troops foil kidnap attempt in Isabela City

Troops foil kidnap attempt in Isabela City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – Combined 4th Special Forces troops and militiamen thwarted an attempt by gunmen to kidnap a businessman in Basilan province on Sunday night. ...

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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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Farm owner critically wounded in Basilan bomb blast

Farm owner critically wounded in Basilan bomb blast

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 February) – A rubber farm owner was critically wounded in a bomb explosion Tuesday in Sumisip, Basilan province, a police official said. Senior Insp. ...

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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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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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Bombing attempt in Basilan foiled

Bombing attempt in Basilan foiled

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 January) – Authorities have foiled a bombing attempt late Wednesday in Isabela City in Basilan, a police official said. Supt. Albert Larubis, Isabel ...

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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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Cop arrested in gun smuggle try

Cop arrested in gun smuggle try

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 December) – A policeman was arrested Wednesday while allegedly trying to smuggle high-powered firearms and gun parts in Basilan province. Supt. Albert ...

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Fishing boat sinks off Basilan; 25 crewmen rescued

Fishing boat sinks off Basilan; 25 crewmen rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 December) – A fishing boat sank early Thursday off Basilan province after seawater entered it through a hole on its wooden hull, an official said. Lie ...

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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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Basilan mayors ask AFP to neutralize ASG

Basilan mayors ask AFP to neutralize ASG

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 6 November) – The mayors of 11 municipalities and one city of Basilan signed a manifesto Wednesday requesting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ...

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ARMM’s Hataman to military: go after Abu

ARMM’s Hataman to military: go after Abu

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/02 Nov) – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has recommended an all-out military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf G ...

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Blast rocks Lamitan City

Blast rocks Lamitan City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 September) – A suspected improvised explosive device went off in Basilan province late Friday prompting government forces to be placed on alert status ...

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Army captain, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan

Army captain, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 September) – A junior Army officer and two militiamen were killed by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in two separate incidents Saturday in the hinterland ...

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10 soldiers injured in Basilan ambush

10 soldiers injured in Basilan ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 August) – Ten government soldiers were injured in an ambush Thursday staged by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in the province of Basilan, the military s ...

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PCA allots P18M to control cocolisap infestation in Basilan

PCA allots P18M to control cocolisap infestation in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/02 August) – The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has allocated at least P18 million to control the influx of coconut scale insects or cocolisap in Bas ...

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ARMM to hasten infra projects

ARMM to hasten infra projects

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 July) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is accelerating the implementation of infrastructure projects to ensure its completion within ...

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3 Abu Sayyafs, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan clash

3 Abu Sayyafs, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – Five people, one of them a suspected Abu Sayyaf leader, were killed while eight others were wounded in a 30-minute firefight in Basilan provin ...

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2 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits face illegal explosive raps

2 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits face illegal explosive raps

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 July) – The Department of Justice filed criminal charges on Thursday against two suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits who were arrested recently in this city, ...

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Cop, 2 others arrested in Basilan drug buy-bust operation

Cop, 2 others arrested in Basilan drug buy-bust operation

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) – Three people, including a policeman, were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Isabela City in Basilan Wednesday, police said. Supt. Albe ...

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Chinese businesswoman, daughter seized in Basilan

Chinese businesswoman, daughter seized in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – Unidentified gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms and bonnet masks seized a Chinese businesswoman and her daughter in Basilan province Thursday, ...

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12 dead in Basilan clashes

12 dead in Basilan clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – The sporadic clashes between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province on Friday have left 12 persons dead, including ...

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18 soldiers hurt in clashes with Abu in Basilan

18 soldiers hurt in clashes with Abu in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – Eighteen soldiers were wounded as clashes ensued anew between government forces and Abu Sayyaf bandits early Friday in the nearby province of ...

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Kidnapped school principal freed in Basilan

Kidnapped school principal freed in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 April) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits freed Thursday afternoon the school official they seized Monday in Sumisip, Basilan province, an official announ ...

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Basilan school principal kidnapped

Basilan school principal kidnapped

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – Gunmen tagged as Abu Sayyaf bandits kidnapped early Monday an education official in the nearby province of Basilan, officials disclosed. Dr ...

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Kidnapped Basilan vice mayor freed in Pagadian City

Kidnapped Basilan vice mayor freed in Pagadian City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 March) – The vice mayor of a town in Basilan who was abducted Tuesday was released Wednesday in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. Chief Insp. Ariel Hu ...

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Basilan vice mayor seized in Zambo

Basilan vice mayor seized in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/05 March) – Unidentified persons abducted Tuesday a town vice mayor in Basilan province at a shopping mall in this city. Arsina Nanoh, 20, is the vice ma ...

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Drug pusher slain, 3 fall in Basilan buy-bust operation

Drug pusher slain, 3 fall in Basilan buy-bust operation

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 Feb) – Combined government operatives killed a suspected drug pusher while two policemen were wounded in a shootout during a buy-bust operation earl ...

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4 slay suspects nabbed in Basilan

4 slay suspects nabbed in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 February) – Police arrested four suspects behind the brutal killing three days ago of two septuagenarian farm owners and their five-year-old granddaug ...

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7 killed in Basilan ambush, robbery

7 killed in Basilan ambush, robbery

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – Seven people, including a five-year-old child, were killed while another one was wounded in two separate incidents Monday in the nearby provi ...

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2 militiamen slain, 3 others injured in Basilan clash

2 militiamen slain, 3 others injured in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 February) – Two militiamen were killed while three others were wounded in a clash Friday between government forces and an armed group that harassed wo ...

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New Year’s Eve bomb explosion kills 6, injures 6 others in Basilan

New Year’s Eve bomb explosion kills 6, injures 6 others in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/01 January) – Six people were killed while six others, including two children, were wounded in a New Year’s Eve party in Basilan province. The incident t ...

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