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Election-related violence disrupts voting in various provinces

May 13, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Shootings and explosions are reported in polling centers and precincts across the country

Sakur Tan rival Ben Loong hosts Sara Duterte, Hugpong in Sulu

Apr 26, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Will former Sulu governor Benjamin Loong unseat the Tan family? In May, he is up against Sulu kingpin Sakur Tan, a party mate of President Rodrigo Duterte.

7 killed in clash between gov’t troops, Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The military says 3 soldiers and 4 Abu Sayyaf members were killed during an 'intense' half-hour firefight in Patikul, Sulu

Supreme Court stops Comelec from changing polling places in Sulu

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court's status quo ante order involves polling places in at least 5 barangays in Sulu for the May 13 elections

ELECTION PREPS. Sample vote-counting machine used in Philippine elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

1 soldier killed, 3 others wounded in Sulu clash vs Abu Sayyaf

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The offensive is part of the military's intensified operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group after the deadly Jolo Cathedral bombing

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

5 gov’t troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Feb 02, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Troops engage in an 'intense firefight' with Abu Sayyaf members under Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, believed to be involved in the Jolo cathedral bombing

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

LIST: Jolo Cathedral bombings, attacks since 2000

Jan 27, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu, has been the target of many attacks through the years

Sulu rejects Bangsamoro law | Evening wRap

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:05 PM

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Sulu rejects Bangsamoro law

Jan 24, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Sulu is so far the only ARMM territory to have voted against the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, but this has no impact on the region for now

VOTING DAY. Residents of the Municipality Panglima Estino in Sulu vote in the Bangsamoro plebiscite on January 21, Monday. Photo by Derkie Alfonso/The Asia Foundation

Sulu gets first outside investment with food and beverage company

Dec 14, 2018 - 7:21 PM

In a historic first, Sulu Food and Beverage Corporation is the first outside investment for the archipelagic province to register with the Regional Board of Investments

FIRST OUTSIDE INVESTMENT. The ARMM Regional Board of Investment's approval of the Sulu Food and Beverage's application to register a project with the agency is a first for the province. Graphic by Raffy De Guzman

Military's 2022 plan: New army division vs Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Dec 05, 2018 - 6:46 PM

The 11th Infantry Division will focus on the island province of Sulu, which has been a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf and other terror groups

MORE TROOPS. Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion in a file photo during a battalion formation at its headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PCG seizes ship loaded with alleged smuggled rice

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The vessel, named MV Hulk, is found in Sulu carrying more or less 50,000 bags of rice

Photo courtesy of PCG Southern Mindanao

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