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2 Abu Sayyaf members killed in Sulu clash with military

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Taullah Abdurasa, also known as Amah Ollah, and a certain Baby Ollah are killed in the clash

ARMY SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Another Abu Sayyaf leader surrenders in Basilan – WestMinCom

Mar 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the series of surrenders by Abu Sayyaf leaders signals the 'eventual collapse' of the terror group

Notorious sub leader in Basilan Nurhasan surrendered to government forces today at Barangay Sirongon , Mohammad Adjul along with his 13 followers. They are now at the custody of the Western Mindanao Command. Photo by Richard Falcatan

3 Abu Sayyaf killed in clash with soldiers in Sulu

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:03 PM

The casualties include the brother-in-law of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron

Arrested Abu Sayyaf planned ASEAN Summit attack – PNP

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Police say one of the suspects cased malls, a park, and the PICC – the venue of the ASEAN Summit – ahead of the international event

ABU SAYYAF MEMBERS. Police present3 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group who allegedly planned to launch an attack during the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf dies, 3 others rescued

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The local bandit group is still holding 7 foreigners and 9 Filipinos as captives

SOUTHWESTERN TIP. Tawi-Tawi province is located at the southwestern tip of the Philippine archipelago

Military files rebellion complaint vs suspected Abu Sayyaf member

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:28 PM

24 year old Millham Saham is also facing a complaint for illegal possession of explosives

The Department of Justice on Padre Faura, Manila

Notorious Abu Sayyaf sub-leader killed in Sulu, says military

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Badong Muktadil is behind the recent sea jacking of a Vietnamese vessel of Tawi Tawi and the February 2013 abduction of a Taiwanese national in Malaysia

MILITARY MERIT MEDALS. Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana congratulates his men for successful operations versus the Abu Sayyaf

Marawi resident makes emotional plea vs martial law abuses

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED Samira Gutoc Tomawis recounts stories of violent interrogations unburied bodies and a Muslim woman who stripped off her clothes in an evacuation center after suffering a mental breakdown

VOICE OF MARAWI. Samira Gutoc-Tomawis tearfully faces pro-Duterte lawmakers on July 22, 2016k to talk about human rights abuses under the Mindanao martial law. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Lorenzana on PH-wide martial law: ‘It won’t happen’

Jul 22, 2017 - 12:51 PM

UPDATED The administrator of martial law in Mindanao assures lawmakers that there is no plan to expand martial rule to Luzon and Visayas

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana faces a joint session of Congress on July 22, 2017. Photo from the office of Senator Francis Pangilinan

PH swimmers take home 6 golds in Asean School Games

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Bhay Newberry bags two gold medals in the Asean School Games

GOLDEN GIRL. Bhay Newberry dominates in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke events. Photo from Newberry's Facebook

Duterte condemns Abu Sayyaf for beheading Vietnamese

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The Philippine President again threatens to eat members of the bandit group with salt and vinegar

Wounded Vietnamese hostage rescued in Basilan

Jun 17, 2017 - 2:48 PM

The Abu Sayyaf kidnappers are holding a total of 26 hostages including several foreigners in Sulu and Basilan

Terror groups and clan wars: Mindanao's security threats

May 31, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The Maute Group is in the spotlight for its attack on Marawi City but Mindanao has seen other security threats in its 27 provinces

SECURITY THREATS. The troubled southern island of Mindanao has a long history of conflict and violence. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler and Ted Aljibe/AFP

Abu Sayyaf temporary camp in Basilan captured

May 13, 2017 - 8:44 PM

Colonel Juvymax Uy of the Joint Task Force Basilan says it is only a matter of time before the Abu Sayyaf group succumbs as government forces continue to be on the offensive

2 remaining Abu Sayyaf members in Bohol 'fighting for survival'

Apr 25, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Government forces have encircled an area where they believe the two Abu Sayyaf members are hiding

CRUSHING ASG. AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla answers questions from the media during a Palace briefing on April 25, 2017. RTVM screenshot

Army officer urges communities to help fight terrorism

Apr 24, 2017 - 1:20 AM

Until all local government officials and residents cooperate the problem with terrorists will continue kahit ilang Duterte pa ang dadaan

CALL TO WORK TOGETHER. Col. Cirilo Tomas Donato says, 'the problem with terrorists will continue, kahit ilang Duterte pa ang dadaan,' unless we all work out to solve it. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf beheads soldier in Sulu

Apr 23, 2017 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED Kapareho nilang Tausug pero ginawa pa rin nila yung karumaldumal na pagpugot says Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana

De Lima seeks Senate probe into gov't 'failure' vs Abu Sayyaf

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Congress should investigate why government forces have not yet succeeded in neutralizing the Abu Sayyaf Group says detained Senator Leila de Lima in her resolution

DRUG MATRIX. Senator Leila De Lima says the erroneous drug matrix of President Rodrigo Duterte proves she is innocent and has no links to illegal drugs. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

5 operations vs Abu Sayyaf that won medals for soldiers

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Sulu the troubled island in Mindanao is witness to the heroism of Filipino soldiers

COMBAT AWARDS. Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Flores leads the awardees in Sulu on Tuesday. Rappler photo

Muslim lawmakers denounce beheading of German national

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The Muslim congressmen argue that acts of terrorism like beheadings are not in accordance with Islamic religion or way of life

NO TO TERRORISM. From left to right: Representatives Ansaruddin Adiong, Mauyag Papandayan Jr, Abdulmunir Arbison, Bai Sandra Sema, Ruby Sahali, and Sitti Turabin-Hataman. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte apologizes for death of German hostage: 'We failed'

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:52 PM

We really tried our best says President Rodrigo Duterte following the execution of German hostage Juergen Kantner after the ransom demand of the Abu Sayyaf Group was not met

'WE HAVE FAILED.' President Duterte apologizes for the beheading of German Juergen Kantner by the Abu Sayyaf. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

2 children killed, 3 injured in Basilan explosion

Jan 29, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The military blames the Abu Sayyaf for the explosion saying the terror group meant to sow fear in the area

Suspected Abu Sayyaf sub-leader arrested in Zamboanga

Dec 27, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Hairulla Asbang who was wounded in a previous encounter with government troops is captured inside a hospital

3 suspected ASG members killed in kidnap attempt off Sabah

Dec 10, 2016 - 3:54 PM

UPDATED Little did the abductors know that the fishermen they wanted to kidnap were Malaysian maritime policemen

Two Indonesian fishermen abducted near Malaysia: official

Nov 20, 2016 - 3:38 PM

The waters between Malaysia s eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island and the southern Philippines have for years seen repeated kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf militant group

Puluhan miliar rupiah uang tebusan dibayar untuk bebaskan sandera Indonesia

Sep 21, 2016 - 4:48 PM

EKSKLUSIF Berdasarkan dokumen yang diperoleh Rappler menunjukkan Indonesia telah membayar sebesar Rp27 5 miliar untuk membebaskan 14 sandera Walau hal itu dibantah berulang kali oleh pemerintah

Millions of dollars paid to free Indonesian hostages

Sep 21, 2016 - 3:37 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Despite the denial of the Philippine and Indonesian governments that ransom was paid millions of dollars were given to the Abu Sayyaf Group for the release of Indonesian hostages over the past few months

AFP chief vows to 'decimate' Abu Sayyaf in 3 months

Sep 21, 2016 - 1:29 PM

AFP chief General Ricardo Visaya says he intends to meet his target before he retires in December

DECIMATE. AFP Chief-of-Staff Ricardo Visaya vows to 'decimate, neutralize' the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf before term ends on December 8, 2016. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Ultimate sacrifice': The 15 soldiers killed in clashes vs Abu Sayyaf

Aug 30, 2016 - 3:44 PM

Much as every soldier sailor marine or airman knows that laying down one s life is all part and parcel of their job we in the AFP vow to pursue this battle to conclusion

15 Army soldiers killed in Abu Sayyaf attack

Aug 29, 2016 - 9:09 PM

The attack happens after days of military offensives that have killed at least 14 ASG members

3 Abu Sayyaf killed in Patikul encounter

Aug 28, 2016 - 4:08 PM

Over a span of two weeks the AFP s Joint Task Force Sulu has captured two and killed 19 members of the ASG

Dureza: We've moved from negotiation to partnership with MILF

Aug 13, 2016 - 3:49 PM

UPDATED Dureza says the launch of the implementation phase of the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is a milestone

Aquino: I considered declaring martial law in Sulu

Jun 15, 2016 - 3:15 PM

But the President is quick to point out that he did not push through with it as martial law might do more harm than good

MARTIAL LAW. President Benigno Aquino III says he considered declaring martial law in Sulu, as the deadline of the Abu Sayyaf neared some 3 weeks ago. File photo by Benjamin Basug/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Dureza flying to Norway to meet with Joma Sison

Jun 10, 2016 - 7:55 PM

UPDATED Dureza says he will be accompanied by incoming Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and former congressman Hernani Braganza

TALKING PEACE? Jess Dureza flies to Norway to meet with Jose Maria Sison

4 Malaysian kidnap victims released by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Jun 08, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The victims who were kidnapped more than two months ago are now in Sandakan

Duterte’s challenges: Terror, crime and the Abu Sayyaf

May 13, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The incoming Duterte administration needs to craft of a new and comprehensive counter terrorism strategy that addresses the criminal and terrorist aspects of the ASG

Threats, kidnapping: Indonesian hostage narrates ordeal with Abu Sayyaf

May 02, 2016 - 5:21 PM

The 10 Indonesian sailors were freed one month after their kidnapping

SANDERA DIBEBASKAN. Menteri Luar Negeri Retno Marsudi (keenam dari kiri dan mengenakan batik) bersama dengan 10 ABK tunda Brahma 12 dan Anand 12 di gedung Pancasila usai diserahkan kepada keluarga secara simbolis. Foto oleh Santi Dewi/Rappler

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Feb 18, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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Philippines concerned over 'emerging' terror threat

Jan 14, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Our security forces are well aware of the emerging threat and have been conducting operations to prevent terror acts anywhere in the country says a joint Philippine military and police statement after the Jakarta attacks

BOMB EXPLOSION. A general view shows a police cordon sealing off the scene of a bomb blast in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 14, 2016. Photo by Roni Bintang/EPA

Key Abu Sayyaf member nabbed in Zamboanga City

Nov 21, 2015 - 3:20 PM

The arrested Abu Sayyaf member has been wanted since 2013 and is accused of murder and frustrated murder

NABBED IN ZAMBOANGA CITY. Mhadie Umangkat Sahirin, also known as Madi, is arrested in Zamboanga City after having been wanted by authorities since 2013.

Laglag-bala scheme, transportation woes, released hostage | 12PM wRap

Nov 10, 2015 - 1:06 PM

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Petilla talks power, ransom demand, US vs China | 6PM wRap

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:11 PM

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Behind the Basilan you know

Aug 10, 2015 - 3:35 PM

Most beautiful stories are untold and hidden behind awful scenes These are the same stories we need to tell because they show us a world we have yet to see

A local strolls along White Beach in Malamawi Island, Basilan. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Four die as Philippine troops raid Al Qaeda-linked bomb factory

May 14, 2015 - 8:38 PM

Three Muslim militants and a soldier are killed in the southern Philippines when government troops raided a bomb factory of an Al Qaeda linked group

CLASHES. Philippine soldiers evacuate a wounded comrade, after clashes with Abu Sayyaf fighters, from a military camp in Jolo town, Sulu province, on the southern island of Mindanao on February 25, 2015 to a nearby military hospital in Zamboanga City. File photo from AFP

Sulu marijuana 'plantation' discovered in hunt vs Abu Sayyaf

Nov 12, 2014 - 3:03 PM

During pursuit operations against the Abu Sayyaf in a Sulu town authorities stumble upon lots planted with marijuana

ABU SAYYAF HUNT: Sulu island commander Colonel Alan Arrojado and his men in Sulu. Rappler photo

'Abu Sayyaf taking advantage of int'l attention on ISIS'

Sep 25, 2014 - 5:44 PM

The Abu Sayyaf Group s threat to behead its two German captives will not intimidate the Philippines which vowed to continue its military offensive against the local terrorist group

OATH OF ALLEGIANCE: Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon pledges allegiance to the Islamic State

Abu Sayyaf leader in US terror list arrested

Jun 11, 2014 - 2:36 PM

The US State Department describes him as a key leader and financier of the Abu Sayyaf

CAUGHT. Philippine police arrest Khair Mundos,

Abu Sayyaf member nabbed in Zambo City

May 04, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Alias Kim is alleged to have been involved in the Jehovah kidnapping case in 2002 He is arrested for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom

ARRESTED. Alias Kim being taken into police custody. Photo by Richard Falcatan

Rappler Newscast | April 15, 2014

Apr 15, 2014 - 8:27 PM

Luzon power supply tight till Wednesday MILF slams military for disrupting peace Washington Post The Guardian share Pulitzer for NSA coverage

Abu Sayyaf behind Malaysia kidnapping?

Apr 03, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Military sources say the Abu Sayyaf may be responsible for the abduction of of 2 women in Malaysia

ABDUCTION. Two women, including a Filipino, were abducted from a resort near Semporna, Malaysia