Mindanao in Pictures: 2001 to 2021 (Part 1 of 10)

It has been exactly 20 years since our first dispatch. Along with our stories, we were also busy taking pictures of Mindanao’s major events.

Twenty years of reporting Mindanao, 20 years of documenting Mindanao in stories and photos.

Join us as we journey across Mindanao from 2001 to 2021.

Students call for President Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s resignation in a rally in Marawi City on 18 January 2001. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
Five brothers of Father Rufus Halley came all the way from Ireland to bury the Columban priest in Cagayan de Oro City. Known for his efforts at inter-religious dialogue, Halley was killed while resisting a kidnapping attempt in Malabang, Lanao del Sur on 28 August 2001. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
Abdullah Barani, one of the armed men who laid siege on a commercial building in downtown Marawi City on 20 September 2001, is arrested by policemen. The siege lasted 14 hours, creating havoc all over the city. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO
Rescue workers carry a victim’s body following the flashfloods that hit Mahinog town in Camiguin Island dawn of 7 November 2001. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
MNLF rebels, with hostages in tow, shout “Allahu Akbar!” as they march on the streets of Barangay Sta. Maria in Zamboanga City to join other forces in Pasonanca on 27 November 2001. At least 300 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) loyal to Nur Misuari, then outgoing governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, staged a siege at the former ARMM extension office at the Cabatangan Complex in Zamboanga City, holding 114 persons hostage. Twenty-one persons were killed in the 36-hour standoff. MindaNews photo by CHARLIE SACEDA
MNLF members leaving Pasonanca in Zamboanga City after the negotiations on 28 November 2001. MindaNews photo by GENE BOYD LUMAWAG
Meranaw students burn the American flag in a rally on 20 January 2002 in Marawi City opposing US military intervention in Mindanao. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
American soldiers left their military bases in the Philippines in 1991 following the decision of the Philippine Senate to reject extension of the US Military Bases Agreement. In early 2002, they returned to the country via its backdoor, Mindanao, invoking the Visiting Forces Agreement. In this photo on 14 March 2002, American specialists ready an unmanned aerial vehicle, or spy plane, at the Edwin Andrews Airbase in Zamboanga City. Equipped with telephoto lenses capable of taking surveillance pictures at night, the spy plane is helping ground forces track Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan. MindaNews photo by CHARLIE SACEDA
Some 1,450 Filipino immigrants arrive in Bongao, Tawi-tawi on 29 August 2002 aboard the Philippine Navy ship BRP Dagupan City following a crackdown on illegal immigrants by the Malaysian government. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

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