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Sulu civil society slams Tan petition against BOL

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:55 PM

'Being a Bangsamoro, a Tausug from Sulu, I would say, I am also free to counter any act of Governor Tan,' says Hadjinur Tingkasan, a Sulu Peace Advocate

SLAMMED. File photo of Sulu province governor Abdusakur Tan II. Photo from the Facebook page of Abdusakur Tan II

Kidnap victim 'Duterte' rescued in Sulu

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Continued military operations against the Abu Sayyaf in Panamao, Sulu, paved the way for the rescue of Jose Duterte on All Saints' Day

RESCUED. Kidnap victim Jose Duterte, 66, is rescued from the Abu Sayyaf on November 1, 2018.

MILF ready to contest petition vs Bangsamoro law

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front challenges the motivation of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in questioning the Bangsamoro Organic Law before the Supreme Court

3 Marines, 1 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu clash

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Troops from the 61st, 62nd, and 64th Marine Companies clash with the Abu Sayyaf in Barangay Timpook, Patikul

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

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

US Marine missing in Sulu Sea

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) 'The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9,' says the 13th Marine Expedition Unit

SEARCH OPERATIONS. US Navy, US Marine, and Philippine ships and aircraft are scouring the Sulu Sea for the missing US Marine. File photo from the US Pacific Fleet

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

BBL's hot issue: Who gets to control rich Sulu Sea, Moro Gulf?

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

It's a deadlock at the bicameral conference committee

HOT ISSUE. Maguindanao 1st District Representative Bai Sandra Sema (middle) and Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali (R) fight for the Bangsamoro's jurisdiction over the Sulu Sea and Moro Gulf. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LOOK: Duterte meets rescued cops

May 19, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza fetches the two policewomen in Jolo and accompanies them to Davao City to meet the President

NOW FREED. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the two  policewomen who were in kidnapped in Sulu. All photos by Richard Madelo and Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

Kidnapped policewomen in Sulu released – Albayalde

May 16, 2018 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) It is still unclear whether the cops were left unharmed, Albayalde says, as they haven't been debriefed regarding their experience

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

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

Sulu kidnappers demand P5M for release of abducted policewomen

May 02, 2018 - 9:02 PM

PNP chief Albayalde says government will not yield to the demand as they see kidnapping as a 'terror activity'

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

Ex-Sulu governor pleads guilty to non-filing of SALNs

Apr 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 6th Division orders Abdusakur Tan Sr to pay a P25,000-fine for his failure to file his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth for 5 years

GUILTY. Former Sulu governor Abdusakur "Sakur" Tan Sr pleads guilty to non-filing of SALNs.. Photo from Tan's Facebook

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

12 escape in Sulu jailbreak

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:28 AM

A total of 29 inmates bolted from a detention facility inside Jolo’s police station; 17 have been recaptured, authorities say

Zubiri, Angara lukewarm on Sabah inclusion in proposed BBL

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The two senators leading discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law say they'd rather keep the measure 'less controversial' and remain 'silent' on the issue

Sulu municipal mayor, execs surrender arms to military

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the JTF, calls the surrendering of the weapons and ammunition 'a good example to the government officials and the Tausogs... who are bearing arms illegally'

CIRILITO SOBEJANA. BGen Cirilito Sobejana, Medal of Valor recipient. Photo from Presidential Communications Group.

Senate panel seeks Divina disbarment, Dela Rosa on body cameras, Licuanan on resignation| Evening wRap

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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Duterte wants China to secure Sulu, Celebes Seas from pirates

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte credits China for helping combat piracy in Somalia and hopes the country can do the same thing for the Philippines and Indonesia

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

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

Who is the most 'doting' Philippine Commander-in-Chief?

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers what he believes to be the correct answer during a visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, where he is joined by Hollywood actor Steven Seagal

GIFT-GIVING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives his wrist watch to a soldier who celebrated his birthday during the President's visit at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, on December 1, 2017. Presidential Photo

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

5 fishermen abducted in Sulu

Oct 15, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana says pursuit operations are underway against the kidnappers

ABDUCTED. Five fishermen have been abducted in the sea water vicinity of Pangutaran town in Sulu.

Football for Peace continues to live up to its mission on 6th year

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:55 PM

'We want to empower the children to become leaders someday,' says Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cabanlet, founder of the Football for Peace Movement





FOR PEACE. Around 700 students participated in the 6th Football for Peace Festival in Luuk, Sulu. Photo courtesy of Col. Stephen Cabanlet

2 Indonesian kidnap victims rescued by Joint Task Force Sulu

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The two victims are identified as Saparuddin Koni and Sawal Maryam

3 Zamboanga workers escape Abu Sayyaf

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:42 PM

Jason Pon Vailoces Joel de Meza Adanza and Filemon Francisco Guerero Jr were taken from their construction barracks on July 15 and threatened with beheading

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

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

Vietnamese hostage killed in Philippine clash

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:46 PM

He the Vietnamese was hit by a bullet Two things may have happened: he was hit during the encounter or he may have tried to take advantage of the situation to escape and then his abductors shot him Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana says

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Election results in these provinces may be up for recount if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal grants the petitions of Marcos and Robredo in their respective protests

2 kidnapped boat crewmen recovered in Sulu

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:27 PM

The two are among the 4 men kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in December 2016 in the Celebes Sea

Patikul, Sulu

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’

PH, U.S. navies complete patrol in Sulu Sea

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The joint patrol is upon the invitation of the Philippine government and comes amid the clashes between government troops and local terrorists in Marawi City

PATROL. Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) drive an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to Philippine Navy ship Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) for personnel transfer. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis

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

Ex-Sulu vice gov Tan, sons face charges over SALNs, wealth probe

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Former Sulu vice governor Abdusakur Tan and his son Maimbung Mayor Samier Tan will be charged for failure to file SALNs Another son Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II is under investigation for possible ill gotten wealth

POLITICAL CLAN. Former Sulu vice governor Abdusakur "Sakur" Tan and Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II. Photo from their Facebook pages

Experts, ministers: Marawi proves ISIS a threat to Southeast Asia

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says this terror threat targeting the Asia Pacific is the top security threat in the region today – even more than North Korea

ISIS? A police car carry suspected Maute group members following their arrest on June 2, 2017 while swimming the Agus River in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

#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

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

WATCH: Balangay team sails from Sulu to China to retrace maritime heritage

May 12, 2017 - 12:04 PM

The mission of the Balangay team is both symbolic and purposeful – rekindle a passion for the seas and our maritime heritage

MAIDEN VOYAGE. The Sultan Sin Sulu balangay on its first sea trial. Photo by Fung Yu

Lopez, Human Rights Watch | Evening wRap

May 04, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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PH officials studying military drills with China

May 04, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Philippine National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr welcomes joint exercises with China in the Sulu Sea saying it can help deter threats like kidnapping

DRILLS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte tours Chinese warship Chang Chun in Davao City. Presidential photo

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

Abu Sayyaf top man Sahiron sends surrender feelers – military

Apr 18, 2017 - 2:00 PM

If Sahiron does surrender the military says he could influence more Abu Sayyaf leaders and members to follow suit

Screenshot of FBI's terrorist list as of April 18, 2017

#AnimatED: Terror in our midst

Apr 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

We should expect local terrorists to bring the war outside Sulu to ease military pressure on them on the troubled province

Abu Sayyaf beheads Filipino hostage on Holy Thursday

Apr 16, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED The military says the victim Noel Besconde was reportedly very sick and apparently delay[ed] the movement of the local terrorist group

Where does the military stand with Duterte?

Apr 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

In the last 9 months the military has been acting like the adult in its complex relationship with the commander in chief

President Rodrigo Duterte salutes to the surviving platoon mates of the late Captain Clinton Capio during his wake visit at the mortuary of the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. Capio, a Philippine Military Academy Class 2006, was killed in a clash with the Abu Sayaff members last Thursday. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

Barangay elections, New York Times, Abu Sayyaf | Evening wRap

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:24 PM

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Abu Sayyaf releases 3 remaining Malaysian hostages

Mar 27, 2017 - 3:33 PM

The Armed Forces chief says the local terrorist group was forced to release the hostages after a series of clashes with the military

FIRST TWO. File photo shows the 2 Malaysian hostages earlier rescued by the marines in Sulu. The Abu Sayyaf released 3 of their companions a few days later. Westmincom photo