Isabela City - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Isabela City


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

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

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

A tale of two cities: Why Catholics took opposing sides in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Catholic priests in Isabela City in Basilan used the pulpit to urge their flock to reject the new Bangsamoro region. It’s the opposite in Cotabato City, where the church played a critical role in the 'yes' victory.

Lawyers' group to protest plebiscite results in Isabela City

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The group cites anomalies in about 80 plebiscite returns, although the votes will only be official once canvassed by the National Board of Canvassers in Manila

SUPPORT. Residents gather for a grand rally for Bangsamoro Organic Law in Lamitan, Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Cities of Isabela, Cotabato: What you need to know about Bangsamoro's coveted areas

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

(UPDATED) Isabela City's decision to reject joining the BARMM prevails over the result in Basilan as inclusion will need the yes vote to win in both the city and the province

Supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) gather at the ORG Compound in Cotabato City to attend the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Isabela City votes against joining new Bangsamoro region

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Before the complete but unofficial tally in the city, 80 plebiscite returns had been contested due to alleged anomalies

VOTE 'NO'. 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

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

Vote vs BOL 'gains momentum' among youth in Cotabato City, Isabela City

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The two cities are among places to watch as ruling politicians have been vocal against their inclusion in the proposed new region

SPLIT VOTE. A banner against the Bangsamoro Organic Law is seen days ahead of a crucial plebiscite. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

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

ARMM saw 'explosion of violence' in 2016 – report

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:50 PM

According to the latest Conflict Alert, the biggest causes of violent conflict in 2016 are shadow economy issues, while political issues such as rebellion and extremism caused more fatalities

Isabela vice mayor wounded, 4 dead in Basilan blast

Oct 01, 2015 - 4:16 PM

3rd UPDATE The bombing comes two days after Vice Mayor Abdulbaki Panther Ajibon announced that he is seeking the mayoral post of Isabela City next year

ELECTION-RELATED? The bomb attack on the convoy of Isabela Vice Mayor Abdulbaki Ajibon happens two days after he announced that he is running for mayor in 2016. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Fire ravages Isabela City, Basilan

Aug 24, 2015 - 11:01 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection Isabela City still has no exact number of houses destroyed An eyewitness says the no injuries and casualties have been reported

Firefighters respond to the fire incident in Isabela City, Basilan. Photo by Jamju Rivera/ Rappler

The Basilan I never expected

Aug 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM

It’s sad that most Filipinos know only about the kidnappings and bombings when Basilan has so much beauty and culture to offer

The port of Isabela City is Basilan's main gateway for locals and tourists alike. All photos by David Lozada/ Rappler

School principal abducted in Basilan

Mar 31, 2014 - 6:34 PM

This is the 4th kidnapping in Mindanao since 2013 involving public school teachers

HOSTAGED. 60-year-old Benitta Enriquez Latonio was abducted by men believed to be members of Abu Sayyaf. Photo by Richard Falcatan

Basilan mayor's house hit by blast

Dec 14, 2013 - 11:06 AM

2nd UPDATE No injuries were reported after the blast

Policeman killed by suspected Abu Sayyaf members

Jun 17, 2013 - 3:10 PM

Hidalgo died due to several bullet wounds he sustained in different parts of his body and authorities were looking into the involvement of Abu Sayyaf group in the attack

Video Game 'Medal of Honor: Warfighter" to feature Basilan mission vs Abu Sayyaf

Apr 17, 2012 - 12:08 PM

The next Medal of Honor video game features missions against the Abu Sayyaf