#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 6, 2017

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

Most wanted MNLF member arrested in Basilan

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Boy Hamja is arrested for the following crimes: murder robbery in band extortion and participation in the drug trade

ARRESTED. Boy Hamja is arrested by Basilan police on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler.

Aquino on Duterte, Kian delos Santos, Isang | Evening wRap

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

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

Abu Sayyaf beheads 7 loggers in Basilan

Jul 31, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Police say senior Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama may have targeted the loggers over a dispute stemming from his rubber plantation

Fire razes homes in Basilan

Jul 30, 2017 - 2:30 PM

A fire razes more than 200 homes in Barangay Diki in Malamawi island Basilan

ABLAZE. A column of black smoke rises from the fire in Basilan, July 30, 2017. 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

2016 Bongbong vs Leni poll protest: What ARMM 'election fingerprints' say

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Can election data back up Bongbong Marcos request to annul results in 3 provinces in the ARMM?

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 5, 2017

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. Pyongyang residents watch the news on the successful launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile 'Hwasong-14' on a big screen near the Pyongyang Railway Station in Pyongyang on July 4, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

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’

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

#AnimatED: Why Duterte's martial law terrorizes us

May 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It makes us lose sight of the true nature of the new threat of terror: that it is ubiquitous knows no boundaries and is not only Mindanao s cross to bear

Abu Sayyaf 'relative' nabbed in Negros Occidental

May 18, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Absner Kudarat is found in possession of firearms and explosives after he was arrested for allegedly threatening residents in a village in Silay City

LINKED TO ABU SAYYAF. A mugshot of Absner ‘Abu Rafi Ben’ Kudarat. Photo courtesy of Silay City Police Station

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

4 Abu Sayyaf members killed in Basilan clashes

May 07, 2017 - 7:10 PM

The clashes happened in two barangays in Sumisip Basilan on Saturday May 6

Kidnapped boat captain, engineer rescued in Basilan

Mar 25, 2017 - 6:47 PM

UPDATED The rescue comes two days after the Abu Sayyaf kidnaps boat captain Aurelio Agacac and Chief Engineer Laurencio Tiro from the MV Super Shuttle Roro 9

2 Filipino crewmen taken off Basilan

Mar 23, 2017 - 8:13 PM

They were taken on Thursday March 23 the same day the Philippine Navy rescued two Malaysian hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu

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

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

Basilan mayor survives explosion

Feb 04, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The driver of Mayor Durie Kalajal is reported to be in critical condition It remains unclear what caused the explosion and whether it was part of a deliberate ambush attempt

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

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

Army captain killed, 4 others wounded in Basilan firefight

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Their identities are being withheld as of this posting pending notice to their families The firefight is ongoing as of 5 pm Thursday

IED blast strikes Lamitan City hall

Dec 31, 2016 - 12:10 AM

No injuries or casualties are reported in the blast

Isabela, Basilan deputy police chief, policeman shot by riding-in-tandem

Nov 20, 2016 - 1:08 PM

Supt Esteban Agcaoili Isabela City s deputy police chief and a certain PO2 Pamposa were shot by unknown suspects riding a motorcycle

Coast Guard eyes armed escorts for foreign ships plying Basilan Strait

Nov 12, 2016 - 6:31 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is also looking into the publication of a notice to mariners on critical areas following the abduction of crewmembers of a Vietnamese flagged vessel off Basilan

Basilan congresswoman Jum Jainudin Akbar dies

Nov 11, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Congresswoman Akbar succumbs to cardiac arrest

JUM AKBAR. Photo from

Gunmen abduct 6 Vietnamese, seize vessel off Basilan

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:17 PM

3rd UPDATE The Coast Guard identifies the Vietnamese crew on board the seized foreign vessel spotted on Saturday November 12 in the vicinity of Paseo del Mar in Zamboanga

Duterte in Japan, citizens’ hotline, Vatican on cremation | 6PM wRap

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Pro-ISIS groups in PH, gender equality, Apple sales | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:54 PM

Watch the noontime edition of Rappler s newscast with Zak Yuson

4 PH terror groups link up with pro-ISIS fighters in region

Oct 25, 2016 - 3:27 PM

A Jakarta based think tank warns of cross border extremist operations citing the Davao City bombing in September as proof of these linkages in Southeast Asia

EVIDENCE OF LINKAGES. Jakarta-based think tank IPAC says the bombing of a night market in Davao City is evidence of linkages between Mindanao extremist groups with foreign jihadists. Rappler file photo

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

Army officer sacked over Al Barka clash now a general

Aug 02, 2016 - 9:04 PM

We all make mistakes but General Macario performed well The unfortunate incident did not stop him from performing his duties

Duterte pleads for peace in Mindanao, even with Abu Sayyaf

Jul 21, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Alisin nyo yung galit yung hate kasi hate would drive you to kill President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech in Basilan

PEACE IN MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte is flanked by his security detail as he makes his way to an event in Basilan on July 21, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

18 Abu Sayyaf killed in Basilan – military

Jul 11, 2016 - 7:07 PM

This comes after days of military attacks in the province

1 soldier, 9 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu

Jul 07, 2016 - 9:04 PM

A running gun battle is also happening in two towns in Basilan

3 barangays evacuated amid heavy fighting in Basilan

Jul 06, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The affected areas are Tipo Tipo proper Silangkum and Baguindan

Project Shoebox: It's Basilan soldiers' turn to get gifts

Jun 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The PH Army has Project Shoebox: Shoebox ko Para sa Pag aaral Mo for school children A UPLB sorority decides that soldiers should receive the gifts this time

[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

Time to stop kidnap for ransom in Sulu

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Clearly the strategy the Philippine government has adopted with regard to the ASG is not working It is time to take more aggressive measures

US aircraft carrier, Basilan clash, Pia Wurtzbach | 6PM wRap

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:18 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

4 soldiers hurt in Basilan clash with Abu Sayyaf

Apr 15, 2016 - 12:14 PM

The clash comes barely a week after gunmen killed 19 Army soldiers in Basilan

Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

ISIS on Basilan clash, Zika virus, Kobe’s farewell | 6PM wRap

Apr 14, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

ISIS claims Basilan attack, but army skeptical

Apr 14, 2016 - 1:18 PM

UPDATED ISIS says in a statement that it was able to detonate 7 trucks carrying soldiers during the deadly 10 hour encounter in Basilan on April 9

DAMAGED. A military vehicle and armor, showing damage caused by the encounter between the military and suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in Tipo Tipo, Basilan. Photo courtesy Richard Falcatan

Officer killed in Basilan quit teaching to join army

Apr 12, 2016 - 12:06 PM

A cum laude graduate slain lieutenant Remigio Licena was a teacher for two years in Isabela province before joining the military

Photo courtesy of Richard Falcatan

Duterte’s lead, ISIS in PH, SpaceX Dragon | 6PM wRap

Apr 11, 2016 - 7:36 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

ISIS behind Basilan killings, says terror expert

Apr 11, 2016 - 3:29 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The gun battle that killed at least 18 soldiers in Basilan over the weekend is the handiwork of ISIS its first major attack in the Philippines according to Rohan Gunaratna

THE FALLEN. Flag-draped coffins containing the bodies of the 18 soldiers killed in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits are pictured at the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) headquarters in Zamboanga City, April 10, 2016. Photo via Richard Falcatan

18 personel militer Filipina tewas saat menyerbu kelompok Abu Sayyaf

Apr 10, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Nasib 10 WNI saat ini masih dalam keadaan baik walaupun terjadi penyerangan di Provinsi Basilan pada Sabtu kemarin

18 soldiers killed in 10-hour clash with Abu Sayyaf

Apr 09, 2016 - 9:20 PM

UPDATED Up 120 Abu Sayyaf gunmen clash with soldiers following the release of a retired Italian priest held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf

THE FALLEN. Flag-draped coffins containing the bodies of the 18 soldiers killed in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits are pictured at the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) headquarters in Zamboanga City, April 10, 2016. Photo via Richard Falcatan

Alleged IED explosions injure 1 in Basilan

Mar 20, 2016 - 10:37 PM

Maswal Mahilul a resident of Upper Cabengbeng is reported injured in one explosion