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Military taps sardine fishing crews as 'reserve force' in Sulu Sea

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Crews of two major canned sardine companies have been armed and trained as 'special CAFGU' to guard the waters off the Zamboanga Peninsula, says the military

RESERVE FORCE. The military has enlisted the fishing crews of some big sardine companies as a paramilitary force to help guard against security threats in the Sulu Sea. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber arrested in Zamboanga Sibugay

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

A joint team of the 44th IB of the Philippine Army and the PNP capture Isnaji Hasim

ARRESTED. Suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber Isnaji Hasim. Photo courtesy of WestMinCom

8 killed, 22 wounded in attack on military camp in Sulu

Jun 28, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The explosion happens on the first day of the assumption of the new chief of the Western Mindanao Command

BLAST SITE. Twin bombings hit a military camp in Indanan, Sulu, on June 28, 2019. Sourced photo

At least 23 dead in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 27, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(11th UPDATE) More than a hundred others are injured in twin explosions at the cathedral on Sunday morning, January 27

Another Abu Sayyaf leader surrenders in Basilan – WestMinCom

Mar 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the series of surrenders by Abu Sayyaf leaders signals the 'eventual collapse' of the terror group

Notorious sub leader in Basilan Nurhasan surrendered to government forces today at Barangay Sirongon , Mohammad Adjul along with his 13 followers. They are now at the custody of the Western Mindanao Command. Photo by Richard Falcatan

Hapilon's close aide arrested in Zamboanga City

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Hamsi Amajad Marani of the Abu Sayyaf Group is a bomber trained by an Indonesian Jemaah Islamiyah bomb expert says the military

ARRESTED. Abu Sayyaf Group member Hamsi Amajad Marani is arrested in Zamboanga City by military and the police on June 17, 2017. Photo from Western Mindanao Command PIO

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Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Terrorists in Marawi holding 'more or less 100' hostages – military

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Marawi priest Father Teresito Soganub is still alive according to ground commander Major General Rolando Bautista

MAUTE CONTROL. Father Teresito Soganub issues an appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte, apparently under the control of the terrorist Maute Group. Facebook screengrab

Another notorious Abu Sayyaf leader killed

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:04 AM

3RD UPDATE Alhabsy Misaya – the leader of an Abu Sayyaf subgroup in Indanan Sulu – is dead says the military

Soldier in Sulu abducted by Abu Sayyaf – military

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Staff Sergeant Anni Siraji is abducted by about 7 people at 9:30 am while on the road heading to Igasan Patikul Sulu

2 Malaysian Abu Sayyaf hostages rescued in Sulu

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:53 PM

UPDATED The rescued hostages are among the 5 Malaysian crewmen of Tugboat Serudung 3 who were kidnapped in July 2016 off the coast of Lahad Datu in Sabah

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Rescue of Abu Sayyaf hostages continues amid beheading reports

Feb 26, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Chief presidential peace adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza receives a report that the local terrorist group has beheaded its German hostage but he says this is still unverified information

ABDUCTED. German nationals Juergen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP

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

2 Abu Sayyaf kidnap victims rescued in Sulu

Jan 20, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Esteban Janamjam and Dulce Almers are rescued by members of the Joint Task Force Sulu

DEBRIEFING. Esteban Janamjam and Dulce Almers are debriefed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from Armed Forces of the Philipppines.

Zambo councilor-reporter involved in surrender speaks

Sep 14, 2013 - 10:51 AM

Kagawad Teodyver Arquiza wonders if the outcome of events in Zamboanga would have been different if he did not coordinate with government troops

Coballes assumes Westmincom post

Jan 21, 2012 - 3:25 PM

He vows to go after those behind death of 19 soldiers in Basilan

TURNOVER OF COMMAND. AFP Chief Jessie Dellosa (middle) leads the change of command ceremony at the Western Mindanao Command headquaters on January 21.

Northern Luzon, Western Mindanao have new commanders

Jan 20, 2012 - 10:46 PM

New appointees are from PMA classes 79 80

NEW COMMANDERS. Lt Gen Anthony Alcantara (left) and Maj Gen Noel Coballes (right) are appointed to head the Northern Luzon Command and Western Mindanao Command, respectively.

Bandits attack Marine camp, 4 hurt

Dec 26, 2011 - 3:12 PM

Two kids among hurt in Christmas Day attack

Map of Patikul, Sulu (Courtesy of Google)

Hunt for Missing Officer in Zambo On

Dec 04, 2011 - 8:00 AM

Army intelligence unit intercepted disarmed by suspected rebels in Zamboanga Sibugay