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Were 7 killed in Sulu encounter Abu Sayyaf or not?

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Soldiers say it was an encounter, while a Moro rights group says it was a summary execution

Cops nab 8 suspects in Basilan bombing

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:53 AM

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

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

2 Scout Rangers killed in Sulu rescue mission

May 14, 2018 - 11:06 AM

10 Abu Sayyaf bandits are believed to have been killed as the military steps up its offensive after the group kidnapped two female cops

KIDNAPPED. Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvares and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad are kidnapped in Sulu. Sourced photo

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.

Spanish 'militant sympathizer' arrested in Basilan

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, 20, who described himself as a tourist, was detained Monday, January 22, at an army checkpoint in Basilan, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group, authorities say

ARRESTED. Abdelhakim Labidi Adib (C) is escorted by Philippine soldiers as he arrives at the Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Manila on January 24, 2018. AFP photo

Marawi rehab: The work ahead

Jan 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says it may take 4 years to completely rehabilitate the war-torn city

GHOST TOWN. A once busy street littered with war debris. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Local cops and navy intelligence officers arrest Baser Ahmad based on a warrant arrest issued by a court in Basilan

QC police arrest suspected ASG member charged with murder

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Police capture 35-year-old Abdulmuin Yahiya in Salaam Compound, Quezon City

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. QCPD cops nab suspected Abu Sayyaf Group member. QCPD photo

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

Trudeau wants justice for Canadians beheaded by Abu Sayyaf

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Philippine authorities have informed them that most of those involved in the beheading of Canadian citizens John Ridsdel and Robert Hall have been killed in military operations

NO-RANSOM POLICY. Canadian Priime minister upholds Canada's no-ransom policy

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

Abducted Jolo councilor freed

Nov 02, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Councilor Ezeddin Tan is the nephew of former Sulu vice governor Abdusakur Tan

ABDUCTED. Jolo Councilor Ezeddin Tan is abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf-Ajang Ajang members. Sourced photo

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Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Rappler Talk: Marawi after the war

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:27 AM

What's next for Marawi now that the war is over?

Documentary | Marawi: 153 days of war

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:08 PM

(UPDATED) See the terror, get to know the heroes, and learn the lessons of the war that dragged on for 5 months

The war in Marawi: 153 days and more

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:23 PM

This page puts together Rappler's reports on the longest and bloodiest Philippine military operation since World War II

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte tells public to prepare for 'any eventuality' amid terrorism

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:00 PM

'I'm not trying to scare you, but let's just be prepared for any eventuality,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his attendance to the 38th MassKara Festival at the Bacolod City Public Plaza in Negros Occidental on October 22, 2017, urges the Negrenses to show their gratitude to the government troops who have risked their lives to maintain peace and order. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Troops rescue 17 more hostages in Marawi

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:17 PM

'Our troops have rescued 17 civilian hostages and mopping up operations are underway,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DISPLACED. The war in Marawi displaced about 400,000 in the province of Lanao Del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Malaysia arrests 8 suspected militants, including 3 Filipinos

Oct 07, 2017 - 11:16 PM

Police say the group – 4 Malaysians, 3 Filipinos, and one Albanian – were detained between September 27 and October 6 in the states of Sabah, Selangor, and Perak

Photos show Marawi ancestral home before and after clashes

Sep 30, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Crisis spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong finds himself on his knees as he comes face to face with the destruction of his family's ancestral home

3 Maute fighters surrender in Marawi

Sep 29, 2017 - 4:07 PM

'I believe hindi na nila kaya ang intense fighting,' says Westmincom chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez

ISIS-LINKED GROUPS. Marawi City is attacked by ISIS-inspired militants belonging to the Maute Group on May 23, 2017. Photo by Mohammad Manshawi

Bodies, firearms retrieved from former Maute stronghold

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:46 AM

(UPDATED) The military is checking if Omar Maute, one of the key leaders behind the attack on Marawi, is among those killed in Bato Mosque

MARAWI CRISIS. The military continues push to end war in Marawi. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The final push: Inside the Marawi battle area

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:55 PM

Rappler Carmela Fonbuena joins the first group of journalists allowed to enter the heart of the battle area. Watch her report.

WAR ZONE. Clashes with local terror groups linked with Islamic State nears 4 months. Screenshot of military handout video

Possible surrender by Maute recruits could end war sooner

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Intense fighting and heavy bombardment trigger surrender feelers from the enemies according to the military

BLACK SHIRTS. The Maute Group was able to recruit among Marawi residents to fight for a caliphate in Mindanao. Photo from @RickoDima

Troops retake 2nd bridge in Marawi, 3 soldiers killed

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Three soldiers are killed and 52 others are wounded as troops push forward against local terrorists to end the war that has dragged on for over 3 months

MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Military kills armed men trying to enter Marawi battle zone

Aug 28, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Joint Task Force Marawi says 10 armed men attempted to sneak into the city through Lake Lanao on Monday August 28

LANAO LAKE. The military says it killed 10 armed men who attempted to enter the battle area on Monday, August 28. JTF Marawi photo

9 civilians killed in Abu Sayyaf rampage in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The attack is believed to be a tactic to divert the attention of the military from its operations in nearby areas

ABU SAYYAF ATTACK. Bandits under Furuji Indama attack the village of Tubigan in Maluso, Basilan. All photos from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

PH Navy rescues Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Vietnamese Do Trung Huiqe is a crew member of MV Royal 16 that the bandits attacked in November 2016

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

Duterte: AFP needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:53 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the President wants more troops deployed in Marawi and other areas in Mindanao

STRENGTHENING AFP. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to soldiers deployed in Marawi City on August 4. Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

Pacquiao visits troops in Marawi

Jul 29, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Senator Manny Pacquiao a reserve officer of the Philippine Army visits the headquarters of the 103rd Brigade in Marawi City

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

More dangerous union: Abu Sayyaf Sulu and ISIS East Asia finally align

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Why is this significant?

Claims for the 25 May 2017 Sulu attack. Image courtesy TRAC

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Jul 13, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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MILF commits to implement fatwa vs radical extremism

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:05 PM

They extremists are creating intrigues and are sowing terror They are also thriving on the sufferings and hardships of people says MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

Gov't retakes Maute stronghold, Dansalan College, in Marawi

Jul 04, 2017 - 4:13 PM

The Philippine military claims it retrieved the cadaver of a foreign fighter believed to be from Singapore

LAKE LANAO. Army soldiers stand watch as they hold their position near the shoreline of Lake Lanao in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22,2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

17 decomposing bodies of civilians retrieved in Marawi

Jun 28, 2017 - 4:44 PM

The military believes these are Christians executed by the terrorists during the clashes The fighting is now on its 37th day

CIVILIAN CASUALTIES. The remains of 17 civilians killed in Marawi City have been brought to a funeral parlor in Iligan City on June 29, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi battle zone: Urban warfare challenges PH military

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

It’s a lot like the siege of Zamboanga City in September 2013 – but much worse

Hapilon's close aide arrested in Zamboanga City

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Hamsi Amajad Marani of the Abu Sayyaf Group is a bomber trained by an Indonesian Jemaah Islamiyah bomb expert says the military

ARRESTED. Abu Sayyaf Group member Hamsi Amajad Marani is arrested in Zamboanga City by military and the police on June 17, 2017. Photo from Western Mindanao Command PIO

The Maute Group and rise of family terrorism

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:03 PM

ISIS encourages terrorism in families experiencing frustrations marginalization and deprivation

Maute matriarch also arrested

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:08 AM

UPDATED Her two sons – Abdullah and Omar – are the known leaders of the notorious terrorist Maute Group that joined forces with the Abu Sayyaf faction of Isnilon Hapilon to seize Marawi City

AFP chief Año details aborted Maute-ISIS 'grand plan' in Marawi

Jun 09, 2017 - 10:56 AM

Local terrorists planned to kill as many non Muslims as they can so they will prove to the world that they are able to establish an Islamic state here in Asia says Philippine military chief Eduardo Año

ABORTING ISIS ATTACK. Armed Forces chief General Año details the 'grand plan' of the Maute-ISIS group in Marawi City. Rappler photo

Video shows terrorists planning Marawi attack – report

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The Associated Press has confirmed with the military that some of the men in the video are Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon and Abdullah Maute

MAUTE GROUP. Residents take photos of suspected members of the Maute Group from their house windows. Photo by Mohammad Manshawi

Duterte offers P20M combined bounties for Hapilon, Mautes

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:04 PM

AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año says the President offers P10M for the arrest of Hapilon and P5M each for Abdullah Maute and Omar Maute

ISNILON HAPILON. Screenshot of a video showing Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).

WATCH: Saving the Christians in Marawi

Jun 04, 2017 - 9:59 PM

On Day 12 of the Marawi Crisis the provincial capitol celebrates the heroism of Muslims who helped shield Christians from terrorists

Military focuses on rescuing Marawi hostages

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The primary concern of the military right now is the rescue of hostages Eventually we will see to it that all the hostages will be rescued says Major General Rolando Bautista

FOCUS SHIFT. A soldier carry a child during rescue and evacuation operations in Marawi on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Rangers rescue women, children caught in Marawi crossfire

May 31, 2017 - 11:20 PM

Different units of the military and the police are conducting this kind of operation throughout the Lanao del Sur capital to rescue about 2 000 trapped residents

RESCUE. A Ranger carries a less than a year old baby to safety. Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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