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5 soldiers killed in Sulu while rescuing hostages from Abu Sayyaf

Nov 17, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The Abu Sayyaf is now believed to hold 'less than 10' hostages, according to the military

KILLED. 5 Filipino soldiers were killed on November 16, 2018, in Jolo, Sulu, while rescuing hostages from terror group Abu Sayyaf.

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

Cops nab 8 suspects in Basilan bombing

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:53 AM

10 others remain at large, including Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama

The week in photos: July 28-August 3, 2018

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIETNAM ATTRACTION. Visitors walk along the 150-meter long Cau Vang "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills near Danang on July 31, 2018.  Photo by Linh Pham/AFP

Basilan car blast: Furuji Indama unleashes terror even in hiding

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:36 AM

Does the blast indicate the Abu Sayyaf has now trained local suicide bombers in Basilan?

Screenshots from video of Richard Falcatan

Basilan blast 'looks like a suicide bombing' – Lorenzana

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(4th UPDATE) The first reported suicide bombing in the Philippines occurred in Cotabato City in 1997

ON BASILAN BLAST. In this file photo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana delivers his speech during the flag raising ceremony at the DND headquarters on Monday, June 11, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf behind Basilan van blast

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) The military immediately tags Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama as the one who plotted it

Duterte to Abu Sayyaf: 'Let's talk'

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:09 AM

A day after signing the Bangsamoro law, President Rodrigo Duterte appeals to terror groups not to spark any conflict while the Bangsamoro government is being set up

PROVINCIAL VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte keynotes the â€69th Araw ng Ipil†at the Ipil Municipal Plaza in Zamboanga Sibugay  on July 26, 2018. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential 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

Barangay chairman bet in Basilan, 3 others killed in own home

Apr 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

It's a suspected case of election violence. The military says it has not linked the attack so far to the Abu Sayyaf Group.

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

Gov't to give shelter, livelihood to Abu Sayyaf surrenderers

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'There is now an issued presidential directive...to include the Abu Sayyaf, not only the NPA rebels, in the government’s assistance [program],' says Deputy Peace Adviser Nabil Tan

GOVERNMENT AID. President Rodrigo Duterte tells Abu SAyyaf surrenderers that the government will help them get back on their feet during the presentation of firearms they turned over to the military in Patikul, Sulu, on March 26, 2018. Presidential Photo

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Feb 28, 2018 - 9:51 PM

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9 Abu Sayyaf, Maute inmates moved from Davao to Taguig

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The inmates face various charges, including terrorism, multiple murder, and kidnapping with homicide

2 more Abu Sayyaf members lay down arms

Feb 05, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Hasib Sarikin Mion and Hamdi Nor Bareo surrender to members of the 74th Infantry Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Templo in Barangay Macalang in Basilan

SURRENDERING ARMS. One of the two Abu Sayyaf members relinquishes his M1 Garand to the military. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Ombudsman clears De Lima in ‘empty’ Abu Sayyaf complaint

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:22 PM

De Lima, former Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan Sr, and 3 others are accused of conspiring to free from jail suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists but the Ombudsman says there is no probable cause for an indictment

Senator Leila De Lima during her press conference at Senate on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

Spanish 'militant sympathizer' arrested in Basilan

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, 20, who described himself as a tourist, was detained Monday, January 22, at an army checkpoint in Basilan, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group, authorities say

ARRESTED. Abdelhakim Labidi Adib (C) is escorted by Philippine soldiers as he arrives at the Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Manila on January 24, 2018. AFP photo

Setelah disekap satu tahun, 2 WNI bebas dari Abu Sayyaf di Filipina

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Pemerintah Indonesia selalu membantah membayar uang tebusan untuk membebaskan sandera

2 Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:28 PM

The two were snatched from their fishing vessel in the waters between the southern Philippines and Malaysia in November 2016

RELEASED. Two Indonesian fishermen captured in November 2016 were turned over to a former governor in Jolo. Photo by Rappler

Marawi rehab: The work ahead

Jan 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says it may take 4 years to completely rehabilitate the war-torn city

GHOST TOWN. A once busy street littered with war debris. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Local cops and navy intelligence officers arrest Baser Ahmad based on a warrant arrest issued by a court in Basilan

QC police arrest suspected ASG member charged with murder

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Police capture 35-year-old Abdulmuin Yahiya in Salaam Compound, Quezon City

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. QCPD cops nab suspected Abu Sayyaf Group member. QCPD photo

Why 1-year martial law extension? Security officials give different answers

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza argues that the request goes against the 'intention' of the framers of the 1987 Constitution 'that never again should any president be allowed to utilize martial law indefinitely'

MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Officials from the executive, including the security sector, defend their request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. Screenshot from the House livestream

1,300 terrorists neutralized in Mindanao in 2017, says Wesmincom

Dec 12, 2017 - 3:29 PM

The Western Mindanao Command reports its 2017 performance as President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao by a year

PERFORMANCE REPORT. Officers of the Western Mindanao Command hold an assessment meeting on December 11, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

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

Roque on Revolutionary Government, Nograles on budget cut, New Avengers trailer | Evening wRap

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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‘Notorious’ Abu Sayyaf bomber with P1.3-M bounty nabbed in Basilan

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:39 PM

Rahim Abdul is in the DND/DILG Joint Order of Rewards

Alvarez on Uson and Roque, Abu Sayyaf members arrested, Andanar on keyboard army | Evening wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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Arrested Abu Sayyaf planned ASEAN Summit attack – PNP

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Police say one of the suspects cased malls, a park, and the PICC – the venue of the ASEAN Summit – ahead of the international event

ABU SAYYAF MEMBERS. Police present3 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group who allegedly planned to launch an attack during the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte and Trump on South China Sea, Trudeau at ASEAN, Arms cache in Marawi | Evening wRa

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Trudeau wants justice for Canadians beheaded by Abu Sayyaf

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Philippine authorities have informed them that most of those involved in the beheading of Canadian citizens John Ridsdel and Robert Hall have been killed in military operations

NO-RANSOM POLICY. Canadian Priime minister upholds Canada's no-ransom policy

3 men suspected of links to Abu Sayyaf nabbed in QC

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:48 PM

Police say the suspects were arrested in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City, on November 10 – days before the ASEAN Summit in Manila

Duterte skips APEC 2017 gala dinner

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the Philippine leader had to coordinate the rescue of Vietnamese nationals held captive by the Abu Sayyaf

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III following a successful bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top government officials of the Russian Federation at the at the Vinpearl Da Nang Resort and Villas in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf dies, 3 others rescued

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The local bandit group is still holding 7 foreigners and 9 Filipinos as captives

SOUTHWESTERN TIP. Tawi-Tawi province is located at the southwestern tip of the Philippine archipelago

#PugadBaboy: Critiques Get You Fired

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM

6 soldiers killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The fighting lasted for about 4 hours, leading to an undetermined number of casualties among the Abu Sayyaf, says Colonel Juvymax Uy

Indonesian terrorist, Roque on Duterte, NY terror suspect | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:16 PM

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Abducted Jolo councilor freed

Nov 02, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Councilor Ezeddin Tan is the nephew of former Sulu vice governor Abdusakur Tan

ABDUCTED. Jolo Councilor Ezeddin Tan is abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf-Ajang Ajang members. Sourced photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Rappler Talk: Marawi after the war

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:27 AM

What's next for Marawi now that the war is over?

Documentary | Marawi: 153 days of war

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:08 PM

(UPDATED) See the terror, get to know the heroes, and learn the lessons of the war that dragged on for 5 months

Tapang at Malasakit, Lorenzana, DOTr vs Abaya | Evening wRap

Oct 23, 2017 - 9:10 PM

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The war in Marawi: 153 days and more

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:23 PM

This page puts together Rappler's reports on the longest and bloodiest Philippine military operation since World War II

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte tells public to prepare for 'any eventuality' amid terrorism

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:00 PM

'I'm not trying to scare you, but let's just be prepared for any eventuality,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his attendance to the 38th MassKara Festival at the Bacolod City Public Plaza in Negros Occidental on October 22, 2017, urges the Negrenses to show their gratitude to the government troops who have risked their lives to maintain peace and order. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

A family's tale of terror, hope, faith during the Marawi siege

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:07 PM

'It took almost 5 minutes to cut through. I screamed inside my head, holding back my tears as they commanded us to shout, Allah Wakbar,' says Ronnel Samiahan, recalling the beheading of a fellow hostage that they were forced to watch

BACK TO BUKIDNON. Ronnel Samiahan (right) with his family in their home in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Photo by Linus Escandor

Hapilon’s kin, 2 more Abu Sayyaf members surrender in Basilan

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:20 AM

For this year, a total of 124 Abu Sayyaf members have surrendered to government forces

SURRENDER. Ben Salim Sahin, cousin of slain ASG leader Isnilon Hapilon, surrenders to government forces in Basilan. Photo via Richard Falcatan

IN PHOTOS: 148 days of war in Marawi City

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The Islamic city of Marawi was a beacon of peace and prosperity in Mindanao, untouched by strife until the afternoon of May 23, 2017

Lawmakers welcome AFP's killing of Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) With the crisis in Marawi believed to be nearing its end, lawmakers also call for the immediate rehabilitation of the war-torn city