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Trips home from Metro Manila to 3 Mindanao provinces suspended

Jul 07, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Trips to Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Camiguin are suspended because their quarantine facilities cannot take in any more patients

WAITING. Local police remind proper distancing to commuters entering Metro Manila from Cavite. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Suspects in slay of soldier, 3 others surrender in Basilan

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:49 AM

The suspects – all barangay peacekeepers – surrender to the 4th Special Forces Battalion through the assistance of a village chief

SUSPECT. A suspect in the killing of a soldier, CAFGU members, and a civilian surrender with several others to the military on July 6, 2020. Photo courtesy of 4th Special Forces

Barangay peacekeepers kill soldier, 3 others in Basilan

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:29 AM

A group of barangay peacekeepers attacked a soldier and CAFGU members in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, because of a 'personal grudge,' according to Joint Task Force Basilan

WOUNDED. CAFGU member Randy Ibung at at St Peter Hospital in Lamitan, Basilan. Rappler Photo

COVID-19 patient escapes from Basilan quarantine facility

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Local health authorities are tracking down the 23-year-old male

CONTACT TRACING. Basilan frontliners on contact tracing duties. Photo from the Provincial Government of Basilan Facebook page

Returnees from NCR are first COVID-19 cases in 2 Basilan towns

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Tuburan and Albarka report their first confirmed cases of infection. The patients are both in their 20s.

The doctor healing the wounds of war in Basilan

Jun 14, 2020 - 9:36 AM

In her clinic in the province's capital, Arlyn Jawad Jumao-As heals children, rebels, soldiers. She's played a critical role in keeping the peace.

Dr. Arlyn Jawad Jumao-As checks patients in her clinic in Lamitan City, Basilan. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Isabela City in Basilan promises to improve quarantine facilities

May 26, 2020 - 5:52 PM

Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin of Isabela City, Basilan, visits the coronavirus isolation facility at the Begang National High School after learning about complaints of the city's first two returning OFWs

ISOLATION FACILITY. Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin of Isabela City, Basilan, checks the HAPIsabela BAYANIhan Reception Facility at the Begang National High School on May 25, 2020. Photo from the City Government de Basilan Facebook page

Former Tipo-Tipo vice mayor shot dead

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:32 PM

Police are investigating the killing of Musiddik Mande

Basilan town officials donate salaries for fight against coronavirus

Apr 07, 2020 - 3:36 PM

The combined salaries of Maluso town officials are reportedly worth over P800,000

Muslim professionals raise funds for frontliners' PPE in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi

Apr 06, 2020 - 3:06 PM

Zamboanga-based Dr Abdul Javar Esturco says frontliners in these areas need support given current problems on PPE supply and distribution

Military proposes island quarantine for Filipinos stranded in vessels from Sabah

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:32 PM

More than 100 passengers remain on two vessels after they were turned away by some Mindanao ports for fear of the novel coronavirus

UNINHABITED. Sibakil Island in Lantawan, Basilan. Photo from AFP Westmincom

Basilan sends Abu Sayyaf surrenderers to various cities to learn livelihood

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna

EXPOSURE TOUR. Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna. Photo from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Robredo on 15,000 more votes over Marcos: ‘This proves who was lying’

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'This proves who was telling the truth and who was lying,' tweets Vice President Leni Robredo

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo gets additional 15,000 votes over her poll fraud accuser Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Army foils Abu Sayyaf bomb plot in Basilan

Oct 16, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Army troops recover 6 improvised explosive devices after a clash with more than a dozen Abu Sayyaf bandits

IEDS. While scouring the encounter site, troops found these improvised explosive devices. Photo from Westmincom

Funny that accusation of stealing would come from Bongbong Marcos – Robredo

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:32 PM

'Between the two us, lahat ng na-achieve ko, pinagpaguran ko. Wala akong fake diplomas. Wala akong fake anything,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

SHOTS FIRED. Vice President Leni Robredo slams her rival and ex-senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr on October 15, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo to Marcos: How many times do I have to win for you to accept defeat?

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, while frustrated with the latest PET ruling, says, 'The case goes on and we will go from strength to strength'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the media on October 15, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

BRT Sumisip-St Clare nips Marinerong Pilipino for PBA D-League crown

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:26 PM

BRT Sumisip-St Clare nails back-to-back wins for the title after dropping Game 1

NEW CHAMPS. BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare gifts coach Steveson Tiu his first PBA D-League title. Photo from PBA Images


DOST researcher drowns in Basilan tourist spot

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The victim was a member of a Department of Science and Technology team which had been conducting socio-economic research on the municipality

DROWNING IN BASILAN. A 26-year-old researcher from the DOST-FNRI drowned in a Basilan tourist spot on September 28, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan

CEU stays alive, Marinerong Pilipino advances to PBA D-League finals

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Marinerong Pilipino sweeps TIP, while CEU drags BRT Sumisip Basilan-St Clare to a do-or-die semifinals match

STAT STUFFER. Malick Diouf does it all to help keep CEU alive in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup. Photo from PBA Images


P6 million worth of cocaine fished out of Basilan waters

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Mayor Ibrahim Ballaho of Mohammad Adjul believes a Chinese vessel passing through must have dropped the package

RECOVERED. Hadji Mohammad Adjul Mayor Ibrahim Ballaho (in white t-shirt), with (to his right) Basilan Police Director Lieutenant Colonel Rufino Inot and municipal chief of police Lieutenant Dennis Alam present to the media the package of cocaine recovered by local fishermen on September 23, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

LOOK: Lamitan City turns trash into 'tulips' in 'Forever Tulip Garden'

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:05 PM

This garden of 30,000 'tulips' might be Basilan's next most Instagrammable spot

Franky Johnson sinks million-peso shot in cardiac Chooks 3x3 finals

Jul 27, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Basilan outlasts Balanga in a thrilling finale to bag the 3x3 crown and the P1 million prize

THRILL. Basilan celebrates as Franky Johnson (center) hits the game-winner. Photo release

AFP reports 7 'foreign terrorists' in Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The commander of the Armed Forces in Western Mindanao says the 7 suspects are grooming suicide bombers among local extremist groups

AT LARGE. This image from the main battle area of the 2017 siege of Marawi City is a grim reminder of the lingering terrorist presence in the Philippines. Rappler photo

CAFGU member killed, 4 wounded in Basilan Abu Sayyaf attack

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Authorities say CAFGU Active Auxillaries member Norman Aramal was on his post rendering duty when he was attacked by an Abu Sayyaf Group led by Pasil Bayali

VICTIMS. A vicitm of the Abu Sayyaf attack in Basilan on July 14, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Mujiv Hataman, wife Sitti defeat Akbars in Basilan

May 14, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The Hatamans consolidate power in the Western Mindanao province

VICTORIOUS. Former ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman wins his congressional bid in Isabela. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

LOOK: Isabela City police hold drill on countering election violence

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Isabela City police in Basilan hold simulation exercises on managing election-related incidents such as ballot-snatching, burning of polling precincts, and attacks on candidates

SIMULATION EXERCISE. Isabela City police conduct a drill on countering election-related incidents. Photo courtesy of the Isabela City police

Basilan declares state of calamity due to drought

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:59 AM

The provincial council also approves the use of P15 million for programs that will help mitigate the impact of the dry spell

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Isabela City residents join assembly opposing Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:14 PM

Isabela City officials and Church leaders strongly oppose their inclusion in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, ahead of the plebiscite on January 21

NO TO BOL. Thousands gathered at the peace assembly for Non-inclusion of Isabela city to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from PIA Western Mindanao

IN PHOTOS: Children of Basilan celebrate healing

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:29 AM

'Ang Basilan ay may pag-asa,' over a thousand childen of the conflict-torn province are told at the 'Festival of Love and Peace'

AS HAPPY AS CHILDREN SHOULD BE. Happy Basilan children run with stuffed toys handed out at the Festival of Love and Peace in Sumisip town on October 4, 2018. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Cops nab 8 suspects in Basilan bombing

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:53 AM

10 others remain at large, including Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama

Piñol wants to legalize smuggled rice in Zamboanga-Basilan area

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The agriculture secretary even envisions a 'trading center' for smuggled rice in the Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi region, saying that's the practice there anyway

Piñol wants special rice imports for Zambasulta area

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The proposal comes after Zamboanga City and Basilan both declared a state of calamity over rice prices reaching as high as P70 per kilo

MORE IMPORTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol wants more rice imports to solve the rice crisis in Zamboanga and Basilan. Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

Philippine Coast Guard seizes smuggled rice in Basilan

Aug 26, 2018 - 3:45 PM

A total of 22,000 bags of smuggled rice are found onboard two vessels

Photo from Philippine Coast Guard's Facebook page

Basilan blast victim dies

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Gerry Inso, a militia man, dies after a week in the hospital

BASILAN BLAST VICTIM. CAFGU member Gerry Inso dies a week after a week in the hospital for treatment for injuries he sustained in the July 31, 2018 Basilan blast. Source photo

Declare state of calamity in Basilan – local officials

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The Basilan peace and order council makes the recommendation to the provincial board due to the ongoing military operations that have displaced residents in Mohammad Ajul town, the acute rice shortage, and the 'cocolisap' infestation in the province

BASILAN PEACE AND ORDER COUNCIL. The provincial peace and order council meets on August 6, 2018. Photo from the Provincial Government of Basilan Facebook page

The week in photos: July 28-August 3, 2018

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIETNAM ATTRACTION. Visitors walk along the 150-meter long Cau Vang "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills near Danang on July 31, 2018.  Photo by Linh Pham/AFP

Army nabs Islamic teacher in Basilan

Aug 02, 2018 - 3:14 PM

Relatives of Indalin Jainul deny initial claims he was involved in the July 31 car blast

Lamitan Basilan- An ustadz was arrested by the military at Tinambakan, Barangay Maganda Lamitan City yesterday.

U.S., France slam Basilan car blast as terror act

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We join the Philippine government in condemning this terrorist act in the strongest terms,' says United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

COUNTERTERRORISM. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks in a press conference on September 26, 2017, about a counterterrorism drill with the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Basilan car blast: Furuji Indama unleashes terror even in hiding

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:36 AM

Does the blast indicate the Abu Sayyaf has now trained local suicide bombers in Basilan?

Screenshots from video of Richard Falcatan

Basilan blast 'looks like a suicide bombing' – Lorenzana

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(4th UPDATE) The first reported suicide bombing in the Philippines occurred in Cotabato City in 1997

ON BASILAN BLAST. In this file photo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana delivers his speech during the flag raising ceremony at the DND headquarters on Monday, June 11, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ARMM Gov Hataman urges 'prudence, restraint' after Basilan blast

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman says 'rumors and unfounded claims may lead to fearmongering and may further fuel instability at a time when we are working hard to win the peace and pursue justice'

EXPLOSION. The site of an explosion in Barangay Colonia, Lamitan, Basilan, on July 31, 2018. Screenshot from video of Richard Falcatan

Abu Sayyaf behind Basilan van blast

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) The military immediately tags Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama as the one who plotted it

Child, women among 10 dead in Basilan blast

Jul 31, 2018 - 9:21 AM

(7th UPDATE) Authorities say an improvised explosive device exploded while soldiers were inspecting a white van parked near a Cafgu detachment in Lamitan City

BASILAN BOMBING. An explosion occurred near the Magwakit Detachment in Barangay Colonia, Lamitan, Basilan, on July 31, 2018. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Basilan barangay captain caught keeping illegal drugs, firearms

Jun 30, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Adzhar Macrohon, chairman of Barangay Bato in Lamitan City, is arrested in an early morning drug raid by the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

ARRESTED. Barangay Bato, Lamitan City chairman Adzhar Macrohon is facing illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and possession of illegal drugs charges. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Makati clinches maiden franchise win in Datu Cup over Basilan

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:18 PM

The Skyscrapers prevent Basilan Steel from spoiling its MPBL debut

DEBUT. The Makati Skyscrapers are off to a promising start to their MPBL campaign. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

8-year-old 4Ps beneficiary dies while waiting for wheelchair from DSWD

May 31, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The girl, who suffered from hydrocephalus, had been sick for over a week but had to attend the wheelchair turnover ceremony held in Basilan, as required under the government program

WHEELCHAIR TURNOVER. 4Ps beneficiaries claim their wheelchairs from the DSWD on May 30, 2018. One of the recipients, seated at the back, died during the turnover. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Isabela City civil registrar shot dead

May 24, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Jordan Guerrero Juaini has been a political planner and local government appointee of the Akbar clan

Barangay chairman bet in Basilan, 3 others killed in own home

Apr 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

It's a suspected case of election violence. The military says it has not linked the attack so far to the Abu Sayyaf Group.

World Bank recommends free trade zone in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi area

Apr 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'With zero tariff and few non-tariff barriers, Basulta could return to a version of the barter trade that made it prosperous in the past,' says the World Bank

UNLIKE ANY OTHER. Magnificent sunrise in Tandu Banak, Sibutu. Photo by Glen Santillan/Rappler

Reassigned cop shot dead in Basilan

Apr 04, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Police Senior Inspector Aristedes Marinda, a Metro Manila cop reassigned to Basilan since last year, was killed while he went on an early morning jog, say Basilan police

KILLED. Bystanders check the lifeless body of Police Senior Inspector Aristedes Marinda who killed as was jogging along Rizal Avenue in Barangay Aguada in Isabela City, Basilan, on April 4, 2018. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler