Football for Peace continues to live up to its mission on 6th year

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:55 PM

'We want to empower the children to become leaders someday,' says Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cabanlet, founder of the Football for Peace Movement

FOR PEACE. Around 700 students participated in the 6th Football for Peace Festival in Luuk, Sulu. Photo courtesy of Col. Stephen Cabanlet

2 Indonesian kidnap victims rescued by Joint Task Force Sulu

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The two victims are identified as Saparuddin Koni and Sawal Maryam

3 Zamboanga workers escape Abu Sayyaf

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:42 PM

Jason Pon Vailoces Joel de Meza Adanza and Filemon Francisco Guerero Jr were taken from their construction barracks on July 15 and threatened with beheading

More dangerous union: Abu Sayyaf Sulu and ISIS East Asia finally align

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:13 PM

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Claims for the 25 May 2017 Sulu attack. Image courtesy TRAC

Prisoners escape from Jolo detention cell

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:49 AM

UPDATED Of the 14 prisoners who escaped 3 were killed and one injured during pursuit operations

Vietnamese hostage killed in Philippine clash

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:46 PM

He the Vietnamese was hit by a bullet Two things may have happened: he was hit during the encounter or he may have tried to take advantage of the situation to escape and then his abductors shot him Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana says

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Election results in these provinces may be up for recount if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal grants the petitions of Marcos and Robredo in their respective protests

2 kidnapped boat crewmen recovered in Sulu

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:27 PM

The two are among the 4 men kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in December 2016 in the Celebes Sea

Patikul, Sulu

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’

PH, U.S. navies complete patrol in Sulu Sea

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The joint patrol is upon the invitation of the Philippine government and comes amid the clashes between government troops and local terrorists in Marawi City

PATROL. Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) drive an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to Philippine Navy ship Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) for personnel transfer. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis

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

Ex-Sulu vice gov Tan, sons face charges over SALNs, wealth probe

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Former Sulu vice governor Abdusakur Tan and his son Maimbung Mayor Samier Tan will be charged for failure to file SALNs Another son Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II is under investigation for possible ill gotten wealth

POLITICAL CLAN. Former Sulu vice governor Abdusakur "Sakur" Tan and Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II. Photo from their Facebook pages

Experts, ministers: Marawi proves ISIS a threat to Southeast Asia

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says this terror threat targeting the Asia Pacific is the top security threat in the region today – even more than North Korea

ISIS? A police car carry suspected Maute group members following their arrest on June 2, 2017 while swimming the Agus River in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

#AnimatED: Why Duterte's martial law terrorizes us

May 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It makes us lose sight of the true nature of the new threat of terror: that it is ubiquitous knows no boundaries and is not only Mindanao s cross to bear

Lesson from '70s Jolo: War and martial law won't solve the problem

May 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Our classes were interrupted by bomb explosions and gunfight Lives have been lost but war and the declaration of martial law will never solve the problem Not in a hundred years

WATCH: Balangay team sails from Sulu to China to retrace maritime heritage

May 12, 2017 - 12:04 PM

The mission of the Balangay team is both symbolic and purposeful – rekindle a passion for the seas and our maritime heritage

MAIDEN VOYAGE. The Sultan Sin Sulu balangay on its first sea trial. Photo by Fung Yu

Lopez, Human Rights Watch | Evening wRap

May 04, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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PH officials studying military drills with China

May 04, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Philippine National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr welcomes joint exercises with China in the Sulu Sea saying it can help deter threats like kidnapping

DRILLS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte tours Chinese warship Chang Chun in Davao City. Presidential photo

Abu Sayyaf beheads soldier in Sulu

Apr 23, 2017 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED Kapareho nilang Tausug pero ginawa pa rin nila yung karumaldumal na pagpugot says Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana

Abu Sayyaf top man Sahiron sends surrender feelers – military

Apr 18, 2017 - 2:00 PM

If Sahiron does surrender the military says he could influence more Abu Sayyaf leaders and members to follow suit

Screenshot of FBI's terrorist list as of April 18, 2017

#AnimatED: Terror in our midst

Apr 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

We should expect local terrorists to bring the war outside Sulu to ease military pressure on them on the troubled province

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

Where does the military stand with Duterte?

Apr 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

In the last 9 months the military has been acting like the adult in its complex relationship with the commander in chief

President Rodrigo Duterte salutes to the surviving platoon mates of the late Captain Clinton Capio during his wake visit at the mortuary of the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. Capio, a Philippine Military Academy Class 2006, was killed in a clash with the Abu Sayaff members last Thursday. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

Barangay elections, New York Times, Abu Sayyaf | Evening wRap

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:24 PM

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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

Pimentel, Duterte, Barangay OICs | Evening wRap

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

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

WATCH: How to solve a problem like the Abu Sayyaf?

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The military recognizes that a purely military solution is not enough to address the decades long problem

5 operations vs Abu Sayyaf that won medals for soldiers

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Sulu the troubled island in Mindanao is witness to the heroism of Filipino soldiers

COMBAT AWARDS. Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Flores leads the awardees in Sulu on Tuesday. Rappler photo

Body of beheaded German hostage found – military

Mar 04, 2017 - 11:39 PM

UPDATED The cadaver of Juergen Kantner is discovered by troops under Joint Task Force Sulu in Indanan town

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

14 soldiers wounded in clashes with Abu Sayyaf

Mar 03, 2017 - 3:54 PM

The troops reportedly encounter the group of Abu Sayyaf top leader Radullan Sahiron

File photo of Filipino soldiers in Sulu

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

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

Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Sulu

Jan 10, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Phivolcs says there is no damage from the tremor but there are aftershocks

U.S. renews Mindanao travel warning

Dec 21, 2016 - 10:16 AM

The travel advisory replaces the warning issued in April 2016 against southern Philippines due to continued terrorist and insurgent threats

File photo by Rappler

4 fishing boat crew kidnapped off Sulu – military

Dec 21, 2016 - 9:51 AM

Members of the military s Joint Task Force Sulu and the Naval Task Group Sulu have been deployed to conduct search and rescue operations

Top businessmen pledge support for Sulu's economic revival

Dec 20, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Tycoons like Manny V Pangilinan Ramon Ang and Lucio Tan declare their support for the Duterte administration s bid to unleash the economic potential of violence stricken Sulu

FOR SULU'S FUTURE. Businessmen, government officials, and NGOs pledge support for the Duterte administration's 'Save Sulu' program. Photo from PPD

LIVE: Negosyo para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu, Christmas Townhall with the President

Dec 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Watch the Negosyo para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu Christmas Townhall with the President

Abu Sayyaf releases 2 more Indonesian captives

Dec 12, 2016 - 6:17 PM

The military says the captives were released because of its sustained manhunt operations that pressured the terrorists to immediately negotiate

FREE. Two Indonesian hostages are freed by the Abu Sayyaf. Photo from Philippine Military

Sulu youth leaders learn about diversity, unity in Malaysia trip

Dec 04, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines brings 50 youth leaders from Sulu to Malaysia to teach them about living in a multi cultural society

FRIENDS. Al-Fatima Tudzjahara Malik (right) and Babylyn Nisal (left) during their visit to Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Carol Ramoran.

Sulu officials' 'epal' signs on gov't projects draw COA's ire

Nov 27, 2016 - 4:59 PM

The Commission on Audit says putting the names and faces of politicians on government signboards is against the law

Duterte visits wounded soldiers in Sulu on Halloween

Nov 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

The visit was arranged that day so President Rodrigo Duterte could give moral support to the troopers right away says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

HOLIDAY DUTY. President Rodrigo Duterte visits wounded soldiers at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu. Photos by ACE MORANDANTE/ Presidential Photo

Military hospital in Sulu gets Duterte's promised upgrade

Oct 31, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Sulu commanders thank the government and the San Miguel Foundation for the renovations

UPGRADE. Armed Forces chief General Ricardo Visaya and retired General Emmanuel Bautista inaugurate a newly renovated military hospital in Jolo, Sulu. Photo from PH military

Ombudsman suspends Sulu Governor Tan, father and brother

Oct 25, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The order covers Sulu s political kingpin Sakur Tan who s no longer in office but will have to pay a fine

AFP report: 94 Abu Sayyaf 'neutralized,' 14 hostages freed

Oct 17, 2016 - 11:22 AM

AFP chief General Ricardo Visaya vows to crush the kidnap for ransom group before he retires in December 2016

'TRANSITION' AFP CHIEF. General Ricardo Visaya is retiring in December 2016. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Soldier fatally shoots officer in Jolo

Sep 23, 2016 - 9:35 PM

The incident happens in the house of the victim Major Nurhusin Hadjaruddin commander of the 52nd Engineer Brigade in Sulu

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