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FAST FACTS: Terrorism in the Philippines

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The world commemorates the 9/11 attacks that happened in the US 18 years ago. What has been the situation in the Philippines since then?

A bombed-out mosque stands in what was the main battle area in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on October 25, 2017, days after the military declared the fighting against IS-inspired Muslim militants over.  Philippine troops of a southern Philippine city where Islamic State supporters waged a brutal five-month battle began leaving Marawi on October 25, as a group of journalists were given the first ever press tour of the devastated city. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Military pushes proposal to amend 'weak' anti-terrorism law

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls for more drastic powers against terror suspects as Congress moves forward with amending the Human Security Act of 2007

TOUGHER LAW. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

‘Security before human rights’: Lorenzana wants tougher law vs terrorism

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The defense chief wants longer warrantless detention for terror suspects to give security agencies more time to build cases against them

SECURITY FIRST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Reports on Sri Lankan terrorists in PH doubtful – AFP

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Reports of terrorists from Sri Lanka slipping into the Philippines and preparing for attacks in Luzon appear to be a family feud 'gone awry'

AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018, on issues of Mandatory ROTC and Martial Law extension. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP verifying reports of Sri Lankan terrorists in PH

Aug 10, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The military is on heightened alert as it verifies pieces of information about alleged terror threats to churches and other establishments in Luzon

ON ALERT. Military and police personnel at a ceremony on May 7, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

12 terrorists killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the suspects were plotting bomb attacks in populous and urban areas

TERROR THREAT. The 5-month siege of Marawi City in 2017 exemplifies the existing threat of terrorism in the Philippines. 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)

Dismay, questions as Duterte SONA reduces Marawi terror siege to a drug issue

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:32 PM

President Duterte's framing of the Marawi siege as rooted in illegal drugs distracts from the real causes of terrorism, which are extremist ideology and social injustice

STILL DISPLACED. A Maranao woman walks by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4, 2019. (Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

Expect little talk on security issues in Duterte’s SONA – analysts

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Security threats like terrorism and Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea won't figure much in Duterte's yearly address but most Filipinos won't mind it, analysts say

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes an officer as he prepares to board a plane bound for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on April 24, 2019. Malacañang photo

Suicide attacks emerge in Philippines under ISIS influence

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Security analysts say the apparent suicide bombings in the country over the past 12 months are a worrying escalation of militancy driven by the influence of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia

RUBBLE. A bombed-out mosque stands in what was the main battle area in Marawi City. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

AFP: 'High possibility' Sulu blasts were suicide attacks

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) Investigators have also yet to determine whether any of the attackers were Filipino

STILL HESITANT. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018, on issues of Mandatory ROTC and Martial Law extension. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suicide bombing? Attack on Sulu military camp similar to Jolo Cathedral blast

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The military identifies Abu Sayyaf Group leader Hatib Sawadjaan as the mastermind of the attacks. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

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

4 killed in Lanao del Sur clash

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Army troops clash with the group under the command of Owayda Benito Marohomsar alias Abu Dar

‘Madrasah is not a breeding ground for extremism’

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:17 AM

'I studied Madrasah and I grew up in a Madrasah, but I am not a terrorist, I am not an extremist,' says Ustadz Alzad Sattar

IN PRAYER. Muslims inside the Masjid Ibnu Abbas mosque in Caloocan hold prayers in preparation for the Eid Al Adha celebration tomorrow. August 20, 2018 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Creation of PH homeland security department eyed as key vs terrorism

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The department is seen to consolidate security agencies like the Philippine National Police to focus on internal security

SECURITY CRISIS. A Philippine Marine walks past graffiti during a patrol along a deserted street at the frontline in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on July 22, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Bangsamoro law to be 'vaccine' vs terrorism

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte formally presents the signed Bangsamoro Organic Law to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

IN PHOTOS: Police simulate terror attack on Cubao bus terminal

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Quezon City police prepare for the possibility of a terror attack on the public transportation hub

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Suspect B takes a woman as hostage. Photo by Angie de Silva

PNP to recruit 2,500 SAF troopers

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the new commandos will be tasked to prevent terrorist attacks in the country

'TAGALIGTAS'. PNP-SAF troopers deployed to Marawi get a heroes' welcom as they walk to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Jan 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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PH charges social media-savvy widow of terrorist with inciting to rebellion

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Karen Aizha Hamidon, the wife of slain Ansar Khalifa Philippines leader Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, has recruited fighters to join the siege in Marawi City

CHARGED. Karen Aizha Hamidon is presented during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on October 18, 2017. Authorities arrested Hamidon who allegedly used the Internet and social media to recruit followers around the world for Islamist "terrorist acts," government lawmen said. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Philippines slams 'cowardly' attack on Sinai mosque

Nov 25, 2017 - 8:55 AM

'Attacks on any place of worship are totally unacceptable,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

FRIDAY PRAYERS. View of the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometres west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, after a gun and bombing attack, on November 24, 2017. Photo by AFP/STR

Did terrorists escape? Firearms cache found in Lake Lanao

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Up to 30 firearms are recovered from Lake Lanao, and Task Group Ranao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner says there could be more

I LOVE MARAWI. The final battle happened near Lake Lanao. Sourced photo

New ISIS emir? Get to know Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:07 PM

The alleged new head of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia is a former member of Darul Islam Sabah network, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict

Filipino charged for foiled NY terror plot is a doctor from Marawi

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:19 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Russel Salic surrendered to authorities in the Philippines in April 2017 in connection with a local case. The US wants him extradited.

TERROR PLOT. A Filipino is among those charged in a foiled terror plot in New York. Times Square file photo from Wikipedia

U.S. agents check for most wanted terrorists among Marawi bodies

Oct 02, 2017 - 10:49 AM

'They have reward money for some of them like Isnilon Hapilon, which has a $5M tag,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells Rappler

FOREIGN OBSERVERS. U.S. agents arrive at the Capin Funeral Homes in Iligan City on Monday, October 2, to observe local operatives taking DNA samples of fighters who died in the battle area in Marawi. Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: Military opens Mapandi bridge to media amid heavy fighting in Marawi

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Mapandi Bridge is one of 3 bridges that separate the so called safe zone and the battle area It is the military’s main supply route

PASSING THROUGH. A military ambulance speeds past the Mapandi Bridge which is covered with laminated sacks to prevent the IS-inspired Maute Group from getting visual intelligence on the movement of troops. the Mapandi bridge is witness to some of the bloodiest battles at the on-going Marawi siege which started on May 22, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Robredo on martial law extension: Let's listen to the recommendations

Jul 19, 2017 - 5:02 PM

The Vice President hopes Congress will thoroughly discuss the extension of martial law in Mindanao

ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo was given full military honors during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) 70th Founding Anniversary last July 4, 2017 at the Air Force City, Clark Air Base in Pampanga. Photo by Office of the Vice President.

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

What ISIS follower Isnilon Hapilon's transcripts reveal about his childhood

May 31, 2017 - 10:17 PM

UPDATED The so called emir of Islamic State in Southeast Asia consistently had good grades in Character Education

Why PH needs a non-military solution to the ISIS problem

May 25, 2017 - 11:19 PM

An expert on counterinsurgency says development is key to avoiding radicalization in the first place

EXITING MARAWI. Residents fleeing Marawi City wait to get past a police checkpoint at the entrance of Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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Apr 07, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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Abu Sayyaf kidnaps 13 in Duterte's first months

Mar 10, 2017 - 4:31 PM

The worsening situation in Sulu is prompting the military to consider transferring an entire division to province

NDCP FORUM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks about the country's security challenges. Rappler photo

Cops kill foreign terrorist, Tokboy's 'partner'

Jan 08, 2017 - 10:18 AM

The Philippine police will continue pursuit operations against foreign terrorists who have joined local terror group Ansar Khalifa Philippines

SLAIN TERROR LEADER. Authorities circulate this mug shot of Mohammad Jaafar Maguid in Sarangani province in 2010 after he escaped from his jail cell. File photo from the Sarangani Information Office

2 'persons of interest' in US embassy bomb try in police custody

Nov 30, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde National Capital Region Police Office director says the two men cannot be regarded as suspects yet pending further investigation

SUSPECT. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, at a press conference in Camp Karingal on November 29, 2016, shows a computerized sketch of the person who left an improvised explosive device in a trash bin near the United States embassy on November 28. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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LOOK: Sketch of suspect in US embassy bomb try

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Philippine National Police PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the person who provided authorities information on the suspect will be given a reward

SUSPECT. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, at a press conference in Camp Karingal on November 29, 2016, shows a computerized sketch of the person who left an improvised explosive device in trash bin near the United States embassy on Monday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Clashes with Maute group: Over a dozen soldiers wounded

Nov 28, 2016 - 3:48 PM

The troops are now near Butig town hall the abandoned building that members of the Maute terror group are occupying

MILITARY OFFENSIVE. AFP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla says military offensives continue to flush out members of the Maute terror group from Lanao Del Sur. Photo by JOEL LIPORADA/RAPPLER

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Nov 08, 2016 - 6:23 PM

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US embassy issues security advisory vs travel in southern Cebu

Nov 03, 2016 - 7:50 PM

UPDATED There was indeed a police report regarding a plan to stage a kidnapping in Southern Cebu The report is in the process of being validated says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

4 Malaysian kidnap victims released by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Jun 08, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The victims who were kidnapped more than two months ago are now in Sandakan

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Apr 26, 2016 - 12:49 PM

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#AnimatED: Country needs light, not heat

Feb 16, 2015 - 7:30 AM

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Terror threat against Pope Francis in the PH

Jan 17, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Was the Philippine government justified in shutting down cell networks that can trigger explosives?

Abu Sayyaf captive released on Christmas eve

Dec 24, 2014 - 2:43 PM

There is no word if ransom was paid to the Abu Sayyaf

LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS: Rappler file photo of troops in Sulu

Pressure on military to show results in hunt vs Abu Sayyaf

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:59 AM

It s been two weeks since the military launched a full scale combat rescue mission against the Abu Sayyaf but the troops have yet to find them

Troops deploy after Abu Sayyaf threaten German hostages

Sep 28, 2014 - 7:05 PM

Abu Sayyaf has threatened to kill one of two German hostages unless a ransom is paid and Berlin halts its support for the US led campaign against the IS group

Jihadist supporter Cerantonio 'a fraud', says Australia FM

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:33 AM

Australian Foreign Minister Bishop: It seems that he is just a fraud because he was saying that he was fighting in Syria and Iraq when all the time he was holed up in a flat in the Philippines