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Abu Sayyaf leader Sawadjaan 'mastermind' in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Feb 04, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan was last seen on February 2, when the Philippine Army clashed with around 100 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu

WRECKED. The Jolo Cathedral after the twin blasts on Sunday morning, January 27. Photo from Rappler sources in Sulu

'Main suspect' in Jolo Cathedral bombing surrenders

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) Alias Kamah is identified as the brother of fallen Abu Sayyaf leader Surakah Ingog

AFTERMATH. Two bombs detonate at the Jolo, Sulu cathedral killing civilians hearing mass and Armed Forces personnel who later rushed to rescue survivors. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

Año: Sources say Jolo 'suicide bombers' were Indonesians

Feb 01, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The DILG chief sees a connection between the Jolo Cathedral bombing and the Basilan blast in July 2018, both of which supposedly involved foreigners linked to ISIS

AFTERMATH. Two bombs detonate at the Jolo, Sulu cathedral killing civilians hearing mass and Armed Forces personnel who later rushed to rescue survivors. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

PNP: Witness accounts suggest suicide bombing in Jolo Cathedral

Feb 01, 2019 - 1:03 PM

A number of witnesses recalled seeing a woman who, they suspect, brought in the first improvised explosive device

SUICIDE BOMBING? The PNP says witnesses saw a woman enter the Jolo cathedral wearing a jacket and a bag before the explosion occurred. Malacanñang photo

Foreigners in Jolo bombing? PH gov’t to DNA-test unidentified bodies

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana doubts that Filipinos would carry out suicide bombing

TRIBUTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pays his last respects to one of the victims who died during the twin bombings at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu as he visited Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo on January 28, 2019. Malacañang photo

2 persons of interest in Jolo Cathedral bombing yield, deny involvement

Jan 30, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The two are identified as the men seen in CCTV clips released by the military

SUSPECTS? Two of the 3 men in the videos released by the military yield to authorities to clear their name. Westmincom video screenshot

Jolo Cathedral bombing suspect escapes arrest in Sulu

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:20 AM

(UPDATED) The man believed to be alias Kamah escapes after one of his companions dies in a shootout with a police and military team

ALIAS KAMAH? The man believed to be an Abu Sayyaf Group member is seen in CCTV footage released by the military. Screenshot from Westmincom video

It wasn't first time for priest in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

In 2010, Father Ricky Bacolcol was injured in a blast during a Christmas Day Mass also in Jolo, Sulu

BOMBING AFTERMATH. Policemen and soldiers are seen in front of the Jolo Cathedral, where a bombing took place on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Duterte says wife, husband suicide bombers behind Jolo bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says a woman wearing a cross blew herself up inside the Jolo Cathedral while her husband was behind the second blast in the church's entrance

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte conducts an inspection inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu on January 28, 2019 where two explosions occurred inside and outside the church last January 27. Accompanying the President are Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'They died for faith': Priests mourn Mass-goers in Jolo bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'Most of those who died were our regular Sunday 8 am Mass-goers,' says Jolo apostolic administrator Father Romeo Saniel

JOLO CATHEDRAL. Philippine soldiers walk past the damaged area of the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after two explosions tore through the place of worship. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Duterte in Jolo: Crush Abu Sayyaf by whatever means

Jan 29, 2019 - 3:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appears to blame the Abu Sayyaf and ISIS for the twin explosions in the Jolo Cathedral

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pays his last respects to one of the victims who died during the twin bombings at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu as he visited Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo on January 28, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: Outside Jolo Cathedral during the bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:06 PM

Videos capture the shift from peace to chaos outside the Jolo Cathedral before, during, and after the deadly bombing

SUNDAY EXPLOSION. The scene outside the Jolo Cathedral after two improvised explosive devices detonated. Screenshot from CCTV provided by Westmincom

PH immigration on heightened alert after Jolo bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Foreigners ‘who cannot satisfactorily explain their purpose in coming here are to be turned back and booked on the first available flight to their port of origin’

BOMBINGS. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

2 bodies still unidentified days after Jolo Cathedral blasts

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Does this bolster ISIS's claim that they deployed 2 suicide bombers to mount the attacks?

UNIDENTIFIED. Philippine security personnel carry a body bag containing the remains of a blast victim after two bombs exploded at a church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

6 children among wounded in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The minors are between 5 and 10 years old

DEADLY BLAST. Soldiers and civilians are among the dead and wounded in twin explosions that rocked the cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, on January 27, 2019. Photo from PTV's Twitter page

What we know so far: Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) Who are the victims? What bombs were used? Is there really a lockdown in Jolo?

CHURCH BOMBING. Police inspect the Jolo, Sulu Cathedral a day after an improvised explosive device exploded inside. PNP photo

After Jolo bombing, CBCP hits 'cycle of hate'

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says a 'cycle of hate' is 'destroying the moral fabric of our country'

CHURCH OFFICIALS. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Romulo Valles (right) and vice president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) address the media in a press conference on January 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Jolo bombing 'more reason' to retain martial law – Malacañang

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The two recent major bombings in Mindanao are 'too little' to prove martial law has been ineffective, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Philippine security personnel carry a body bag containing the remains of a blast victim after two bombs exploded at a church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

World condemns Jolo Cathedral bombing in Philippines

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The United States denounces this 'senseless violence' while the European Union says this is 'also an attack against the basic right to practice one's religion'

JOLO BOMBING. Philippine security personnel carry a body bag containing the remains of a blast victim after two bombs exploded at a church in Jolo, Sulu, on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

WATCH: Inside the Jolo Cathedral after the blasts

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The cathedral the morning after Sunday's fatal explosions

CHAOS IN CHURCH. Cops inspect the Jolo, Sulu cathedral a day after the twin IED blasts. PNP video screenshot

Duterte to visit Jolo to inspect cathedral bombing site

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:48 AM

The Jolo Cathedral bombing occurs while the entire Mindanao is under President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte walks past honor guards upon his arrival at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Grandstand of Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite for his attendance to the PNPA 'Maragtas' Class of 2018 commencement exercises on March 21, 2018. Malacañang Photo

30,000 flee huge fire in Sulu

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The fire, raging overnight, destroys 2,600 homes in the municipality of Jolo

DISPLACED. Residents of two barangays in Jolo, Sulu, are displaced after 2,600 houses burned down July 24-25, 2018. Photo courtesy of DSWD

Prisoners escape from Jolo detention cell

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:49 AM

UPDATED Of the 14 prisoners who escaped 3 were killed and one injured during pursuit operations

Lesson from '70s Jolo: War and martial law won't solve the problem

May 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Our classes were interrupted by bomb explosions and gunfight Lives have been lost but war and the declaration of martial law will never solve the problem Not in a hundred years

Duterte visits wounded soldiers in Sulu on Halloween

Nov 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

The visit was arranged that day so President Rodrigo Duterte could give moral support to the troopers right away says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

HOLIDAY DUTY. President Rodrigo Duterte visits wounded soldiers at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu. Photos by ACE MORANDANTE/ Presidential Photo

Duterte targets meeting with Misuari in 2017

Aug 12, 2016 - 6:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to troops in Jolo Sulu the stomping ground of the Abu Sayyaf

WHEN WILL THEY MEET? President Rodrigo Duterte says a meeting with MNLF chairman Nur Misuari would be crucial to the success of the Mindanao peace process

At least 15 hurt in twin Jolo explosions

May 29, 2015 - 11:39 PM

2nd UPDATE Authorities say the first explosion may have been set up to draw responders as the target

Bomb found near Marine camp in Sulu

Apr 10, 2015 - 12:59 PM

A concerned citizen spots a suspicious unattended baggage near the gate of Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo

Sharia court employee shot dead in Jolo

Mar 07, 2015 - 8:13 AM

The court interpreter is shot dead on his way home

Kidnapped engineer released in Sulu

Apr 19, 2014 - 11:10 PM

UPDATED Bonnie Salinas and his wife were abducted by 5 unidentified armed men in Jolo last February 16

Abu Sayyaf member arrested on Christmas Day

Dec 26, 2013 - 1:00 PM

PNP spokesperson Reuben Theodore Sindac says the member is still under custodial debriefing

BEFORE THE KIDNAP. The two abducted Europeans shown here in an undated photo. File photo from PNP Tawi-Tawi

In faraway Patikul, mothers die

Dec 21, 2013 - 3:20 PM

Who says there are no mothers dying from childbirth? Faraway hospitals lack of transportation are fatal factors in remote parts of the country

Taiwanese tourist abducted in Malaysia found in PH

Dec 20, 2013 - 11:13 PM

Identities of his kidnappers were unknown though Abu Sayyaf gunmen who are known to carry out kidnappings operate in the area

Soldier killed, 3 others injured in Sulu blast

Jul 28, 2013 - 2:25 PM

The 4 were trying to dispose an improvised explosive device recovered in Sitio Satan Barangay Tiptipon Jolo Sulu on Saturday

Palace confirms Jordanian journo with Abu Sayyaf

Jun 18, 2012 - 2:59 PM

Malacañang confirms that missing Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani is with the Abu Sayyaf

Jordanian journalist, Filipino TV crew missing in Jolo

Jun 15, 2012 - 1:04 PM

Sulu police say a Jordanian journalist and two Filipino crewmen have been missing in Jolo Sulu for 3 days

Jolo businessman abducted

Apr 07, 2012 - 9:43 PM

Those behind the kidnap are still unknown