Lamitan - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Lamitan


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

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

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

8 inmates escape from Lamitan jail in Basilan

Jul 07, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The inmates are jailed for murder and violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act

JAIL BREAK. Eight inmates escape from the Lamitan City Jail in Basilan province on July 7, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

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.

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

Carabao kills farmer in Basilan

Jul 28, 2017 - 7:33 PM

Lamitan City police discover the gored body of the victim a day after he was attacked by a carabao

BEAST OF BURDEN. A carabao allegedly gores to death a farmer in Lamitan City on July 27, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Rescue teams rush to Basilan capital as floods hit villages

Mar 10, 2017 - 9:29 PM

The flooding caused by heavy rainfall affects 11 barangays in Lamitan City

RESCUE. Members of the Philippine National Police help people off a rescue boat. Photo by Richard Falcatan

Mother injured, daughter dead in Lamitan blast

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Witnesses say the mother and her 11 year old daughter were gathering coconuts for dinner when an improvised explosive device went off

IED blast strikes Lamitan City hall

Dec 31, 2016 - 12:10 AM

No injuries or casualties are reported in the blast

What it's like living in fear of the Abu Sayyaf

Sep 03, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The life and prosperity of residents in places like Basilan are at stake in the Duterte administration s efforts to destroy the Abu Sayyaf

WELCOME TO BASILAN. This view greets Basilan visitors who arrive in Isabela by boat. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Explosion hits Basilan church

Feb 27, 2015 - 10:53 PM

No property damage or casualties have been reported

Security forces intercept jeep carrying bomb in Basilan

Jan 02, 2015 - 8:59 PM

Army scout rangers invite suspects for questioning

BLOCKED. Security forces intercept a public utility jeepney carrying an improvised explosive device in Lamitan town, Basilan January 2, 2015. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

6 hurt, 200 families flee in Basilan clash

Sep 13, 2013 - 3:42 PM

The AFP launches an airstrike after soldiers and MNLF rebels clashed near the Lamitan pier

3 wounded in Basilan

Sep 12, 2013 - 3:50 PM

3rd UPDATE The Basilan battle happened as the Zamboanga standoff entered its 4th day

HISTORY: Lamitan is the site of the deadly 2001 siege by the Abu Sayyaf Group. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Lamitan fire razes 32 houses

Aug 04, 2013 - 3:30 PM

At least 45 families are affected

DISPLACED. An abandoned caused the fire that razed 32 homes. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Grenade blast kills 1 in Basilan

Jul 17, 2013 - 9:59 AM

The explosion involved a fragmentation grenade which was set off at the house of Reynaldo delos Santos in Barangay Matibay at past 5 am

Suspected ASG member killed in Basilan blast

Jul 03, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Policemen have yet to identify the man who carried and was killed by the explosive in Lamitan

Explosion in Lamitan mayor's house injures 4

May 06, 2013 - 8:24 AM

An explosive device was thrown towards house of LP vice mayoral bet Roderick Furigay

Blast rocks vice mayor's house in Basilan town

Apr 20, 2013 - 12:25 AM

Improvised explosives simultaneously went off in front of the vice mayor s house and of the Catholic chapel

CANDIDATE. Vice Mayor Arleigh Eisma is running for mayor of Lamitan as an independent, up against 4 others. Photo by Richard Falcatan/

Twin bombings in Basilan

Apr 18, 2013 - 10:24 PM

The explosions occurred Thursday night in Lamitan City

3 soldiers killed in Basilan ambush

Oct 13, 2012 - 9:55 PM

Unidentified gunmen kill 3 soldiers in Lamitan City