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Tawi-Tawi records first coronavirus case

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:16 PM

The province's task force says the patient did not show symptoms and was able to travel from Quezon City to Zamboanga City and Basilan before arriving in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi's capital

FIRST BATCH. The IATF Tawi-Tawi COVID-19 team and local government officials met 303 locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipinos from Zamboanga City and Metro Manila at the Bongao Port for the Balik Tawi-Tawi Program on June 4, 2020. Photo from the Tawi-Tawi Provincial Government Facebook page

New record: 2nd otter species in PH spotted in Tawi-Tawi

May 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Otter specialists say the otters recently seen in Turtle Islands are of a species never before recorded in the Philippines

River Otters in Turtle Islands. Photo from Turtle Islands Municipal Police Station

Decapitated boatman found on Tawi-Tawi beach

May 02, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Authorities suspect the dead man was Ruihan Yu, who tried to row across the Pacific Ocean by himself, and was last spotted in distress on November 27, 2019, near the Marshall Islands

BEACHED VESSEL. This ocean rowboat was found on the beach on Kinapusan Island in Tawi-Tawi on April 24, 2020, near a dead body suspected to be the adventurer Ruihan Yu, who had been missing since the end of November 2019. Photo from AFP Western Mindanao Command

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

Amid lockdown, Bukidnon imposes, lifts ban on rice export on the same day

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:06 PM

(UPDATED) Other provinces in Mindanao – Tawi-Tawi, Davao Oriental, North Cotabato – are also preparing for the heavy demand for rice due to the lockdowns across the country

RICE FIELD. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lockdowns in Mindanao affect food supply in Tawi-tawi, other island communities

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:04 AM

'With the imposition of lockdowns by the different local government units, the movement of food supplies has been affected, especially the transport of goods to remote areas,' says Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Emmanuel Piñol

[ANALYSIS] Why Coast Guard Base Sibutu matters

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:01 AM

This 4.3-hectare base will be equipped with a marine radar, an automatic identification system receiver, and a Coast Watch monitoring system

Military hits 'trespassing' by Chinese warships in Philippine waters

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:15 PM

'Incursions' by Chinese naval vessels in the Sibutu Strait may not have been overtly hostile but the military says they pose a security threat that needs to be addressed

TRESPASSING. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

'Not an act of friendship,' says Panelo on Chinese ships in Sibutu Strait

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The passage of Chinese warships may be the subject of yet another Philippine diplomatic protest, which critics have said are not working

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

5 more Chinese warships spotted in Philippine waters in July, August

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The military says this is in addition to the passage of 4 Chinese vessels earlier this year, all without permission from the Philippine government

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China's southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently spotted conducting a massive naval drill with dozens of vessels in the South China Sea, according to satellite images released on March 30. Photo by Planet Labs Inc/AFP

LOOK: Image shows Chinese aircraft carrier passed Philippine waters

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Despite denials from the Philippine defense chief and the Chinese ambassador, it appears the aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass though Philippine waters

WARSHIP PASSAGE. This image tweeted by OedoSoldier shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass through Philippine waters recently. Photo from OedoSoldier on Twitter  Source: Twitter.com/OedoSoldier

Lorenzana confirms Chinese warships passed through Tawi-Tawi

Jul 25, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Lorenzana clarifies that it was not an aircraft carrier but several smaller Chinese naval vessels, and that China should have informed Philippine authorities about their passage

WARSHIP PASSAGE. Photo of a Chinese naval vessel by the Philippine Coast Guard

Carpio slams China’s 'double standard' in warship passage near Tawi-Tawi

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Although the Philippines observes China's right of innocent passage in its waters, China has consistently tried to stop Filipinos from patrolling parts of the West Philippine Sea

INNOCENT PASSAGE. China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. China's national defence ministry had said the Liaoning, named after a northeastern Chinese province, was part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission" and would make a port of call in the former British colony. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

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

5 Filipinas escape alleged human trafficking operation in Sabah

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The women are smuggled into Sabah and forced to work as waitresses, domestic workers or as bar girls. They eventually flee on a speedboat and are rescued by the police and Philippine Coast Guard near the border of Sandakan and Taganak.

Cop behind Tawi-Tawi vice mayor assassination – PNP

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:15 PM

A Lamitan City policeman is suspected to have killed Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali

COP KILLER? The PNP believes a fellow cops killed Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali. Rappler file photo

Politics eyed as motive in Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Ali slay

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali was 'being groomed' as the town's next mayor

AMBUSH. Vice mayor of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi, Al Rashid Mohammad Ali is shot dead Wednesday afternoon in Zamboanga City. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Tawi-Tawi town vice mayor shot dead

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali is killed in Zamboanga City

POLICE LINE in Zamboanga City, where Vice Mayor Mohammad Ali of Sapa-Sapa was killed July 11, 2018. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Globe turns on LTE in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

May 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu also says Globe has allotted $850 million this year 'to improve its data network and address the increasing demand in video streaming and gaming'

From being ‘pulot’ boy, young Badjao now a Palaro 2018 tennis player

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Tennis players in Lamion, Tawi-Tawi pooled their money together to help send 11-year-old Badjao boy Ignohassan Mustagid to the Palarong Pambansa 2018

BADJAO PRIDE. Ignohassan Mustagid plays during the elimination round on April 18, 2018 at the Palarong Pambansa. Screenshot from Rappler

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

$380-million ADB loan to finance 11 infra projects in Mindanao

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The loan will finance the construction of roads in the Zamboanga Peninsula and bridges in Tawi-Tawi

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

P1.5 million worth of shabu seized in Tawi-Tawi

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Suspect Badang Awal Abdul, 40, is temporarily detained at the Bongao Municipal Police Station jail

BUY-BUST. Recovered by PDEA and police operatives from Badang Awal Abdul of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on Monday, November 20, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

5 Filipino kidnap victims of Abu Sayyaf rescued in Tawi-Tawi

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Rescued are Vergel Arquino from Davao City, and Jushua Ybanez, Emo Fausto, Junald Minalang, and Spriano Sordid, all from Pagadian City

RESCUED. The crew members of Fishing Boat Danvil 8 were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in October in Sulu. They are undergoing medical checkups at the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City after their rescue on Friday, November 17, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan fines Tawi-Tawi ex-governor over SALN errors

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Former Tawi-Tawi Governor Sahali pleads guilty to irregularities in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) filed from 2007-2013

FINED. Former Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali pleads to charges of irregularities in his SALN filed by the Ombudsman. Photo taken from his Facebook page

Social Worker Board topnotcher from MSU: ‘No one deserves war’

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Paramisuli Aming advocates for unity both as a social worker and as someone who has directly been affected by armed conflict

TOPNOTCHER. Paramisuli Aming from Mindanao State University in Marawi City tops the 2017 Social Workers Licensure Examination.

Gov’t troops 'neutralize' 2 Abu Sayyaf members in Mindanao

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Ibno Moro is in Tawi Tawi s list of most wanted while Abdulmubin Kudalat Salamuddin is a bomb expert says the military

'NEUTRALIZED.' Ibno Moro, who has a standing warrant for murder, is neutralized on July 15. Photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command

7 governors, 132 mayors in Mindanao lose power over police

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Napolcom points to the local executives ‘failure to impose measures to suppress terroristic acts and prevent lawless violence in their territories’

How Duterte's adviser Joey Concepcion is helping micro, small enterprises

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:05 PM

The Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship says the biggest challenge of micro and small enterprises is growing their business beyond a certain scale

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Concepcion says this is part of the government’s bigger plan to call for greater investments in these far-flung, conflict-ridden areas. Screenshot from Rappler's Youtube page

Agriculture dep't hires Badjao magna cum laude to help sea gypsies

Mar 04, 2017 - 6:58 AM

The Department of Agriculture hires Roben Abdella to help handle the government s livelihood and education program for the country s sea gypsies

Anti-graft court allows Tawi-Tawi rep to go to Rome for peace talks

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The congresswoman faces charges for filing her statement of assets 3 months beyond deadline for 4 consecutive years when she was vice governor

DA to ask Badjao magna cum laude to lead sea steward project

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the Bantay Laut program will tap the seafaring Badjaos as guardians of the seas

Ombudsman Morales, Abu Sayyaf, US gun control | 12PM wRap

Jun 23, 2016 - 1:03 PM

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Getting to these PH beaches isn't easy – but it's worth it

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Where can you find a natural jacuzzi pink sand and more? A trip to these beaches may take hours and hours – but it s well worth the magical sights that await

[WATCH] Hidden Mindanao: The beautiful places many of us may never see

May 26, 2016 - 6:01 PM

A peek at just a few of Mindanao s most stunning locations: dreamy Sitangkai the crystal clear waters of Sulu Basilan s beautiful beaches and more

LAKE DAPAO. Often overlooked, Lake Dapao is an enchanting spot in Pualas. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

VCMs tested and sealed nationwide

May 06, 2016 - 9:36 PM

From Bacolod City to Tawi Tawi citizens participate in the testing and sealing of vote counting machines

VALIDATION. Eager voters from Negros Occidental test the vote counting machine in preparation for election day. Photo by Aldrin Casinas / Rappler

Unprecedented rice price hike in Tawi-Tawi due to Sabah embargo

Apr 28, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Most of the goods in Tawi Tawi come from Sabah due to its proximity and cheaper cost but a trade embargo is causing prices to spike

PRICE HIKE. Prices of rice from Sabah almost double in Tawi-Tawi after a trade embargo from Malaysia. Photo by Shamad Unding/ Rappler

Group urges Malaysia to end suspension of barter trade

Apr 16, 2016 - 3:19 PM

The Malaysian government s response to kidnapping cases in the area between the Philippines Malaysia and Indonesia is also causing locals in Tawi Tawi and Sulu to face a spike in food prices

How to save our mountains from fires

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Firebreaks and education can save Philippine summits

Image courtesy Gregg Yan

Tawi-Tawi town mayor wounded in Zamboanga City shooting

Feb 07, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Authorities are not ruling out politics even if Bongao Mayor Jasper Que an administration ally is not running for reelection

Why did Binay, Poe, Roxas, Santiago snub #TheLeaderIWant forum? – voters

Jan 21, 2016 - 3:47 PM

Masyado nilang binabalewala ang kapangyarihan ng social media

Duterte-Cayetano at #TheLeaderIWant Forum in DLSU on January 20, 2016

Human trafficking: A game of cat and mouse in a vast Celebes sea

Dec 06, 2015 - 2:17 PM

The Philippines is a source country while Tawi Tawi serves as the transshipment point for most trafficking cases

Plight of the Badjao: Forgotten, nameless, faceless

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The Sama Dilaut the formal name of the Badjao are among the most obscure misunderstood and marginalized among the Filipino ethnic linguistic groups Their story needs to be told

SEA GYPSIES. The Sama Dilaut or the Badjao are a sea faring people in Tawi-tawi and the Sulu Seas. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Of Moro martyrs and muted celebrations

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:09 PM

The Moro of Mindanao have much to celebrate but they know that they still have to combat the effects of bigotry in the country and the world


Who is running in ARMM | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Marines' Football for Peace brings hope to Southern Mindanao

Oct 05, 2015 - 7:08 PM

In far flung Tawi Tawi the beautiful game is making a difference in a war torn region

Sparks' Anthony Putrus-Schnell and Yves Ashime play with Tawi-Tawians

Women’s group protects turtles by turning trash into eco-purses

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The recycling project of a women’s group is not only providing livelihood it is also helping Tawi tawi s green sea turtles thrive