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DNA tests confirm Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:01 PM

'They shared DNA with their parents so it's them,' says Indonesian national police spokesperson Dedi Prasetyo

CONFIRMED. In this file photo, policemen and soldiers are seen in front of a Catholic Church, where the bombing took place in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Lorenzana: 7 ‘foreign terrorists’ may be in Jolo

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The country's defense chief confirms an earlier report that the suspects may be training suicide bombers for an ISIS-linked faction of the Abu Sayyaf

FOREIGN TERRORISTS. The war-torn city of Marawi was an example of the impact of foreign terror groups' influence on local extremists. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP confirms report: Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

ISIS terrorists looking to carve out a territory in Southeast Asia present a challenge to the region's security forces, especially in the Philippines

JOLO ATTACK. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit 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)

AFP reports 7 'foreign terrorists' in Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The commander of the Armed Forces in Western Mindanao says the 7 suspects are grooming suicide bombers among local extremist groups

AT LARGE. This image from the main battle area of the 2017 siege of Marawi City is a grim reminder of the lingering terrorist presence in the Philippines. Rappler photo

Did your favorite 'Ang Probinsyano' cast member win in the 2019 midterm elections?

May 14, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Actors-turned-politicians have come and go in the long-running TV series

10 suspected vote-buyers arrested in Cavite

May 05, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Cavite gubernatorial bet Jonvic Remulla says the suspects are mere poll watchers who were arrested while distributing the travel allowance of their colleagues

VOTE-BUYERS? CIDG arrests suspected vote-buyers in Bacoor, Cavite. Photo from Shutterstock

2 unidentified bodies in Jolo bombing male, female – PNP

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) The DNA test was conducted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory

CATHEDRAL BOMBING. Soldiers check the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after the church was rocked by two explosions .Photo by Nickee Butlangan/ AFP

Jolo 'suicide bombers' left 10-year-old daughter in Sulu

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Citing intelligence data, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says the child is still in Sulu

CHILD IN SULU. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says the alleged suicide bombers left a daughter in Sulu. File photo from the Department of Tourism.

Duterte meets families of soldiers killed in Abu Sayyaf encounter, Jolo bombing

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The meeting in Davao City is one of the private activities President Rodrigo Duterte has busied himself with after a weekend of rumors of his death

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commiserates with the relatives of 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

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

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Feb 04, 2019 - 1:09 PM

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'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

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

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

'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by AFP

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

Airports on heightened security alert after Jolo bombing

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The Office of Transportation Security raises 'Security Condition 2,' which means an additional layer of security measures must be employed by aircraft operators and state agencies

SECURITY. The airport security committee of Plaridel Airport in Bulacan convenes on January 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of CAAP

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

DSWD backs lowering criminal liability age to 12 | Evening wRap

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:05 PM

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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

[OPINYON] Ka-social media

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Hindi ko tiyak kung ano ang sasabihin ko sa nawalan ng mahal sa buhay nang bombahin ang katedral sa Jolo, Sulu. Hindi na lamang ito status, platform ng kawalan.

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

After Jolo bombing, Davao bans backpacks from churches

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Benito de Leon, head of Davao City's Public Safety and Security Command Center, says parish priests and other religious leaders have been asked to disseminate the information to their flock

'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

European investors wary over Jolo bombing, martial law

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines points out that safety is a top concern of companies eyeing investments in the country

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

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Jan 28, 2019 - 8:58 PM

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Duterte inspects Jolo Cathedral, visits wake of blast victims

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, accompanied by security officials, also interacts with soldiers, cops, and civilians injured by the Jolo explosions

Duterte in Jolo after cathedral bombing. Credit: Malacañang photo

6 persons of interest in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

There were intelligence reports related to these persons of interest as early as August 2018, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

INSPECTION. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde conducts an ocular inspection of the Jolo Cathedral area a day after the twin blasts. PNP photo

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

SITE: ISIS claims twin suicide bombings of Jolo cathedral

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:32 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

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

Metro Manila police on full alert after Jolo Cathedral blasts

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:09 AM

This means intensified checkpoints, searches, and intelligence operations across Metro Manila

FULL ALERT. Cops are on full alert after the Jolo, Sulu cathedral twin blasts. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Pope Francis in Panama strongly condemns Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:22 AM

(3rd UPDATE) During an Angelus message, Pope Francis reiterates his 'strongest reprobation for this episode of violence which is once again plunging the Christian community into mourning'

CONDEMNS. Pope Francis gives mass at the centuries-old colonial Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua, Panama's patron saint, in Panama City on January 26, 2019. Photo by  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Islamic State group claims twin suicide bombings of Jolo Cathedral – SITE

Jan 28, 2019 - 7:53 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The website of SITE Intelligence Group says the Islamic State's East Asia province issued a formal communique for the dual suicide bombing

AFTERMATH. Two bombs exploded at the Jolo, Sulu cathedral Sunday, January 27. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

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

Military will 'crush' Jolo attackers, says Malacañang

Jan 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and other officials also denounce the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral

AFTERMATH. Two bombs detonate at the cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, killing civilians attending Mass and soldiers who responded to the scene. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

AFP, PNP on heightened alert after Jolo Cathedral explosions

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'We will use the full force of the law to bring to justice the perpetrators behind this incident,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

THE WOUNDED. Hospital staff attend to the wounds of the Jolo cathedral bombing victims. Photo courtesy of PTV

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

Bong Revilla's sons star in action-thriller 'Tres'

Sep 27, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The movie, starring the detained senator's sons Jolo, Luigi, and Bryan, is a trilogy that tells the story of anti-drug law enforcers, drug traffickers, and drug users

Tres. Photo by Precious del Valle/Rapler

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