Tawi-Tawi - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Tawi-Tawi


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

5 Filipinas escape alleged human trafficking operation in Sabah

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The women are smuggled into Sabah and forced to work as waitresses, domestic workers or as bar girls. They eventually flee on a speedboat and are rescued by the police and Philippine Coast Guard near the border of Sandakan and Taganak.

Cop behind Tawi-Tawi vice mayor assassination – PNP

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:15 PM

A Lamitan City policeman is suspected to have killed Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali

COP KILLER? The PNP believes a fellow cops killed Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali. Rappler file photo

Politics eyed as motive in Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Ali slay

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali was 'being groomed' as the town's next mayor

AMBUSH. Vice mayor of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi, Al Rashid Mohammad Ali is shot dead Wednesday afternoon in Zamboanga City. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Tawi-Tawi town vice mayor shot dead

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali is killed in Zamboanga City

POLICE LINE in Zamboanga City, where Vice Mayor Mohammad Ali of Sapa-Sapa was killed July 11, 2018. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Globe turns on LTE in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

May 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu also says Globe has allotted $850 million this year 'to improve its data network and address the increasing demand in video streaming and gaming'

From being ‘pulot’ boy, young Badjao now a Palaro 2018 tennis player

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Tennis players in Lamion, Tawi-Tawi pooled their money together to help send 11-year-old Badjao boy Ignohassan Mustagid to the Palarong Pambansa 2018

BADJAO PRIDE. Ignohassan Mustagid plays during the elimination round on April 18, 2018 at the Palarong Pambansa. Screenshot from Rappler

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

$380-million ADB loan to finance 11 infra projects in Mindanao

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The loan will finance the construction of roads in the Zamboanga Peninsula and bridges in Tawi-Tawi

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

P1.5 million worth of shabu seized in Tawi-Tawi

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Suspect Badang Awal Abdul, 40, is temporarily detained at the Bongao Municipal Police Station jail

BUY-BUST. Recovered by PDEA and police operatives from Badang Awal Abdul of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on Monday, November 20, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

5 Filipino kidnap victims of Abu Sayyaf rescued in Tawi-Tawi

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Rescued are Vergel Arquino from Davao City, and Jushua Ybanez, Emo Fausto, Junald Minalang, and Spriano Sordid, all from Pagadian City

RESCUED. The crew members of Fishing Boat Danvil 8 were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in October in Sulu. They are undergoing medical checkups at the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City after their rescue on Friday, November 17, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan fines Tawi-Tawi ex-governor over SALN errors

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Former Tawi-Tawi Governor Sahali pleads guilty to irregularities in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) filed from 2007-2013

FINED. Former Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali pleads to charges of irregularities in his SALN filed by the Ombudsman. Photo taken from his Facebook page

Social Worker Board topnotcher from MSU: ‘No one deserves war’

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Paramisuli Aming advocates for unity both as a social worker and as someone who has directly been affected by armed conflict

TOPNOTCHER. Paramisuli Aming from Mindanao State University in Marawi City tops the 2017 Social Workers Licensure Examination.

Gov’t troops 'neutralize' 2 Abu Sayyaf members in Mindanao

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Ibno Moro is in Tawi Tawi s list of most wanted while Abdulmubin Kudalat Salamuddin is a bomb expert says the military

'NEUTRALIZED.' Ibno Moro, who has a standing warrant for murder, is neutralized on July 15. Photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command

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’

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

Agriculture dep't hires Badjao magna cum laude to help sea gypsies

Mar 04, 2017 - 6:58 AM

The Department of Agriculture hires Roben Abdella to help handle the government s livelihood and education program for the country s sea gypsies

Anti-graft court allows Tawi-Tawi rep to go to Rome for peace talks

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The congresswoman faces charges for filing her statement of assets 3 months beyond deadline for 4 consecutive years when she was vice governor

DA to ask Badjao magna cum laude to lead sea steward project

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the Bantay Laut program will tap the seafaring Badjaos as guardians of the seas

Ombudsman Morales, Abu Sayyaf, US gun control | 12PM wRap

Jun 23, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

Getting to these PH beaches isn't easy – but it's worth it

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Where can you find a natural jacuzzi pink sand and more? A trip to these beaches may take hours and hours – but it s well worth the magical sights that await

[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

VCMs tested and sealed nationwide

May 06, 2016 - 9:36 PM

From Bacolod City to Tawi Tawi citizens participate in the testing and sealing of vote counting machines

VALIDATION. Eager voters from Negros Occidental test the vote counting machine in preparation for election day. Photo by Aldrin Casinas / Rappler

Unprecedented rice price hike in Tawi-Tawi due to Sabah embargo

Apr 28, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Most of the goods in Tawi Tawi come from Sabah due to its proximity and cheaper cost but a trade embargo is causing prices to spike

PRICE HIKE. Prices of rice from Sabah almost double in Tawi-Tawi after a trade embargo from Malaysia. Photo by Shamad Unding/ Rappler

Group urges Malaysia to end suspension of barter trade

Apr 16, 2016 - 3:19 PM

The Malaysian government s response to kidnapping cases in the area between the Philippines Malaysia and Indonesia is also causing locals in Tawi Tawi and Sulu to face a spike in food prices

How to save our mountains from fires

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Firebreaks and education can save Philippine summits

Image courtesy Gregg Yan

Tawi-Tawi town mayor wounded in Zamboanga City shooting

Feb 07, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Authorities are not ruling out politics even if Bongao Mayor Jasper Que an administration ally is not running for reelection

Why did Binay, Poe, Roxas, Santiago snub #TheLeaderIWant forum? – voters

Jan 21, 2016 - 3:47 PM

Masyado nilang binabalewala ang kapangyarihan ng social media

Duterte-Cayetano at #TheLeaderIWant Forum in DLSU on January 20, 2016

Human trafficking: A game of cat and mouse in a vast Celebes sea

Dec 06, 2015 - 2:17 PM

The Philippines is a source country while Tawi Tawi serves as the transshipment point for most trafficking cases

Plight of the Badjao: Forgotten, nameless, faceless

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The Sama Dilaut the formal name of the Badjao are among the most obscure misunderstood and marginalized among the Filipino ethnic linguistic groups Their story needs to be told

SEA GYPSIES. The Sama Dilaut or the Badjao are a sea faring people in Tawi-tawi and the Sulu Seas. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Of Moro martyrs and muted celebrations

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:09 PM

The Moro of Mindanao have much to celebrate but they know that they still have to combat the effects of bigotry in the country and the world


Who is running in ARMM | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Marines' Football for Peace brings hope to Southern Mindanao

Oct 05, 2015 - 7:08 PM

In far flung Tawi Tawi the beautiful game is making a difference in a war torn region

Sparks' Anthony Putrus-Schnell and Yves Ashime play with Tawi-Tawians

Women’s group protects turtles by turning trash into eco-purses

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The recycling project of a women’s group is not only providing livelihood it is also helping Tawi tawi s green sea turtles thrive

Binay’s campaign, Aquino on Torres, Gilas vs Hong Kong | 6PM wRap

Sep 24, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Petition vs abusive Tawi-Tawi trike drivers launched

Sep 11, 2015 - 4:24 PM

Many tricycle drivers youth in Tawi Tawi claim ask for unreasonable prices and disrespect passengers who refuse to pay their overcharged fares

A typical traffic scene during rush hour in Bongao. Photo by Shamad Jalali Unding/ Rappler

Lower budgets for 10 state universities, colleges in 2016 – lawmaker

Aug 27, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon also identifies 20 state universities and colleges that will get lower allocations for capital outlay and MOOE

The problems in Tawi-Tawi, according to its youth

Jul 13, 2015 - 5:13 PM

The youth of Tawi Tawi are mad but you ll never guess what they re mad about

A local store in one of Bongao's public markets. Photo by Nur-mukin Alih Usman/ Rappler

In Tawi-Tawi, football is a way to achieve dreams

Jul 08, 2015 - 1:27 PM

Watch how football inspires the youth of a remote island village in Tawi Tawi

The football team of the island-village of Buan, Tawi-Tawi. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

How the Tawi-Tawi youth are fighting for the environment

Jul 03, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Standing alone one can only do so much but together we can make a difference This holds true for the project implementation of Youth4Nature in Tawi Tawi

The author presents about Youth4Nature during the move workshop in Tawi Tawi in June 2015. File photo from Rappler

Is Tawi-Tawi ready for tourism?

Jun 27, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Its residents are eager to shed the image of a conflict ridden province and introduce its beauty to tourists But is it advisable to visit Tawi Tawi?

COLORFUL CULTURE. Locals present a traditional dance in Balimbing, Tawi-Tawi. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Trash threatens tradition in Tawi-Tawi

Jun 25, 2015 - 9:55 PM

Locals go up Bud Bongao to make their wishes come true

Changing the stigma against Tawi-Tawi

Jun 18, 2015 - 7:05 PM

It’s a long and rough road ahead before Tawi Tawi escapes the negative perception on the region and on Islam But the people of Tawi Tawi believe it is time for the province to open up to the world

The grand mosque in Panglima Sugala is the biggest and most beautiful mosque in Tawi-Tawi. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

Mat weavers of Tawi-Tawi face the waves of change

Jun 13, 2015 - 7:53 PM

The Sama Dilaut weavers struggle to preserve the tradition of mat weaving despite the changing times

SKILLED HANDS. It takes one to two months to finish a full-sized mat. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

A letter to the youth of Tawi-Tawi

Jun 13, 2015 - 5:31 PM

Be brave my fellow youth in Tawi Tawi and never underestimate the things our young minds and hearts can accomplish Change even the most radical ones started when a few people decided to make a stand

The author talks to the workshop participants about using social media to push for social advocacies. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

With or without BBL, ‘Tawi-Tawi moves forward’

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Tawi Tawi representative Ruby Sahali fears the Bangsamoro Basic Law will have little impact on her province like what they experienced under ARMM

The grand mosque in Panglima Sugala town is one of the places the provincial government promotes as a tourist spot. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

#MoveTawiTawi: Fighting stereotypes, moving forward

Jun 09, 2015 - 6:27 PM

Around 1 500 Tawi Tawi youth join Rappler s workshop to tackle their province s biggest challenges with the help of social media

YOUTH FOR TAWI-TAWI. Around 1,500 students participate in Rappler's workshop, '#MoveTawiTawi' on June 8, 2015. All photos by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Rappler to hold #MoveTawiTawi workshop

May 31, 2015 - 6:21 PM

Rappler is set to hold a workshop in Tawi Tawi on June 8