About 50 Marawi hostages remain in 10-hectare battle area

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:30 AM

'Hindi na 'to magtatagal, madali na 'to,' Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año says

RUINS. Buildings are left hollowed and holed in Marawi. Rappler file photo

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Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued from Maute

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:14 AM

(4th UPDATE) Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is rescued along with another hostage near Bato Mosque, one of 3 enemy strongholds that fell into government control over the past days

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is flown to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo of Father Chito

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Sep 06, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Government throws out last-minute negotiations with Maute

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año says any move to negotiate with the terrorists will only prolong the war and resurrect enemies somewhere else

TOO LATE. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana rejects a proposal to let the terrorists out in exchange for the safety of the hostages in Marawi

Troops push to rescue Marawi hostages in 'last lap' operations

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Father Chito and the rest are still being kept as hostages and utilized as human shields inside the main battle area Part of our priorities is the safe rescue of Father Chito says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

HOSTAGED. Catholic priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Suganob was taken on May 23, the day clashes erupted in Marawi City

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Jul 16, 2017 - 2:20 PM

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Duterte condemns Abu Sayyaf for beheading Vietnamese

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The Philippine President again threatens to eat members of the bandit group with salt and vinegar

Arroyo wants transportation security commission vs terrorism

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:01 PM

The former Chief Executive whose presidency witnessed the worst terror attack in the country says a system of accountability would allow concerned agencies to perform their functions better

SAFER STREETS. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo files a bill aimed to address the terrorism threat on the transportation sector.

Abu Sayyaf beheads 2 Vietnamese hostages

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:11 AM

UPDATED Hoang Trung Thong and Hoang Va Hai were among the crew members of a Vietnamese cargo vessel attacked by the Abu Sayyaf off Sibago Island in Basilan in November 2016

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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

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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

Hundreds still trapped in Marawi as crisis enters 3rd week

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Air strikes looting and daily gun battles that do not seem to be ending soon take their toll on Marawi residents

BURNED HOUSES. A Philippine Marines truck speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Australian police kill hostage-taker, possible terror link probed

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Authorities have yet to determine whether the incident was terrorism related but Victoria state police says it is one line of inquiry

HOSTAGE SITUATION. A bomb squad member exits a residential building in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton on June 5, 2017. Photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

Military focuses on rescuing Marawi hostages

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The primary concern of the military right now is the rescue of hostages Eventually we will see to it that all the hostages will be rescued says Major General Rolando Bautista

FOCUS SHIFT. A soldier carry a child during rescue and evacuation operations in Marawi on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Cayetano to diplomats: 'No abuses' under martial law

May 30, 2017 - 7:28 PM

For the first time Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano briefs up to 97 diplomats about President Rodrigo Duterte s declaration of martial law in Mindanao

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks to reporters on May 30, 2017, after briefing the diplomatic corps about martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Propaganda shows Marawi priest echoing kidnappers' demand

May 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Do not be happy Mr President that we are the collateral damage of war Father Teresito Soganub says in a propaganda video after he was kidnapped in Marawi City

Marawi bishop in 'frustrating' wait for updates on hostages

May 28, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Frustrating sa amin na maghihintay ka ng wala the bishop says as the military has not updated him about a kidnapped priest and at least 12 companions

'FRUSTRATING WAIT.' Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says he cannot reach the military for updates on his kidnapped right-hand man and at least 12 companions. File photo from

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

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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

Kidnapped boat captain, engineer rescued in Basilan

Mar 25, 2017 - 6:47 PM

UPDATED The rescue comes two days after the Abu Sayyaf kidnaps boat captain Aurelio Agacac and Chief Engineer Laurencio Tiro from the MV Super Shuttle Roro 9

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Mar 23, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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2 Filipino crewmen taken off Basilan

Mar 23, 2017 - 8:13 PM

They were taken on Thursday March 23 the same day the Philippine Navy rescued two Malaysian hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu

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Mar 10, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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Duterte apologizes for death of German hostage: 'We failed'

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:52 PM

We really tried our best says President Rodrigo Duterte following the execution of German hostage Juergen Kantner after the ransom demand of the Abu Sayyaf Group was not met

'WE HAVE FAILED.' President Duterte apologizes for the beheading of German Juergen Kantner by the Abu Sayyaf. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DFA condemns beheading of Abu Sayyaf's German hostage

Feb 28, 2017 - 11:01 AM

We stand in solidarity with Germany as it grieves for the tragic loss of one of its sons to a senseless act of violence the Department of Foreign Affairs says

BEHEADING CONDEMNED. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it stands 'in solidarity with Germany' after the beheading of German hostage Juergen Gustav Kantner in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED The Philippine military confirms the beheading of Juergen Kantner the 3rd foreigner to be beheaded in the last 10 months

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

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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

Abu Sayyaf threatens to kill German hostage

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:56 PM

UPDATED The Abu Sayyaf Group is reportedly asking for P30 million in ransom based on a video

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

Korean, Filipino hostages released in Sulu

Jan 14, 2017 - 12:16 PM

3rd UPDATE The two hostages a captain and crew member of a South Korean flagged cargo ship are released to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jess Dureza

FREE. The hostages, South Korean Park Chul Hong (wearing green head cover) and Filipino Glenn Alindajao (wearing blue scarf), arrive in Davao City with Secretary Jess Dureza on January 14, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

'Mastermind' of Bangladesh cafe siege killed – police

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:08 PM

UPDATED Police say the bodies of Nurul Islam Marzan and another suspected extremist were found after officers raided a property in Dhaka s Rayer Bazar neighborhood

4 MONTHS AFTER. Bangladeshi police stand guard in front of the entrance to the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka on November 15, 2016. Police have handed the Holey Artisan Bakery back to its owners after completing a 4-month investigation into the siege by extremists linked to the Islamic State group. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

American-Canadian couple, children appear in Taliban hostage video

Dec 20, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman had two sons after being kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012 during a backpacking trip

KIDNAPPED. In a video shared by the SITE Intelligence group, Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman are shown with their two sons. Photo from the SITE Intelligence group

Duterte admits to personally killing during Davao hostage incidents

Dec 16, 2016 - 9:15 PM

UPDATED You are pictured as a killer So? At least I killed to protect people says the Philippine President

DID HE KILL? President Rodrigo Duterte clarifies his remarks on 'personally killing' criminals during an interview with reporters on December 16, 2016 in Singapore. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Two Indonesian fishermen abducted near Malaysia: official

Nov 20, 2016 - 3:38 PM

The waters between Malaysia s eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island and the southern Philippines have for years seen repeated kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf militant group

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Abu Sayyaf kidnaps German, kills female companion – report

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Reports show the body of the German s female companion was found in Sulu Sunday morning

Taiwanese hostage freed by Somali pirates ate mice, scorpions

Oct 26, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Every day was nerve wracking with the pirates pointing their AK 47 rifles at me 24 hours a day recounts Shen Jui chang

This photo by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken on October 26, 2016 shows Shen Jui-chang (C), who was the chief engineer on a fishing boat that was seized south of the Seychelles in March 2012, praying at Hsing Tian Kong temple in Taipei City to give thanks, upon his return back to the island. The Taiwanese seafarer held by Somali pirates for nearly five years returned home on October 26, saying he and the other hostages had eaten mice, scorpions and centipedes throughout the ordeal. / AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / - Taiwan OUT - China OUT - Hong Kong OUT - Macau OUT / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Hostage-taking incident at Dasmariñas mall, 2 dead

Oct 09, 2016 - 2:05 PM

4th UPDATE The incident started as a domestic problem that was brought to the mall according to SM

Another Indonesian hostage released by the Abu Sayyaf

Sep 22, 2016 - 6:47 PM

Speaking to interpreters he asked for food and relayed how government troops nearly rescued him 3 times as they engaged the ASG in fierce gun battles

RELEASED. Another Indonesian victim was released by the Abu Sayyaf. Photo obtained by Rappler

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Duterte on freed hostage: We kept our promise to Norway

Sep 18, 2016 - 10:49 PM

The President s personal commitment even before he took office has been crucial to solve this issue says Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Førner

FREED HOSTAGE. Kjartan Sekkingstad (seated, 2nd from left) is presented to President  Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on September 18, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Freed Norwegian hostage: 'Lucky to be alive'

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:38 PM

UPDATED Freed Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad thanks President Rodrigo Duterte after his release The Norwegian government maintains it did not pay ransom to the Abu Sayyaf

FREE. Kjartan Sekkingstad prepares to board a helicopter bound for Davao City to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte. The Abu Sayyaf freed him after a year in captivity. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Freed Norwegian, Indonesian hostages headed home

Sep 18, 2016 - 2:04 PM

UPDATED The hostages released by the Abu Sayyaf group two days apart are finally homebound after their ordeal

FREE. Lt General Mayoralgo dela Cruz, Westmincom chief (2nd from right), with freed Indonesian hostages (in blue) and Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu i Zamboanga City on September 18, 2016. Rappler sourced photo