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… »


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 village… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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 early Sunday… »

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… »

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… »

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 Wednesday… »

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,… »

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… »

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… »

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. Rescued was Ramon… »

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… »

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. Alchmad Alibonga, Sumisip… »

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,… »

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… »

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, Isabela police chief,… »

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… »

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 Larubis, Isabela City police chief,… »

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. Lieutenant Senior… »

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… »

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) to… »

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 Group that ambushed and… »

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. The explosion toppled down… »

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 hinterlands of Basilan province,… »

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 said. Capt. Franco… »

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 Basilan province as… »

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 the year or by the first… »

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 province, the… »

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, the police reported… »

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. Albert Larubis,… »

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, a police official disclosed. Supt. Albert… »

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 two soldiers, military… »

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 Basilan, military officials… »

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 announced Friday. Mayor Gulam Hataman of… »

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. Norhaya Abdurahim,… »

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 Huesca,… »

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 mayor… »

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 early Saturday in… »

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 granddaughter in Basilan province. Killed on… »

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 province of… »

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 workers of a… »

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 took place… »

Explosion rocks Isabela City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews /14 December) – An explosion rocked Isabela City in Basilan when an improvised bomb exploded early Saturday in front of the mayor’s residence after another explosive was… »

BIFF confirms clash with gov’t troops in Basilan

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 September) – An official of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) confirmed Thursday night their forces engaged government troops in a clash in Basilan earlier on the… »

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