Category Archives: Basilan

UPDATE: Car bomb kills 11 in Basilan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 31 July) – A car laden with a powerful bomb exploded at a military checkpoint in Basilan province in the southern Philippines Tuesday morning, killing at least 11 persons, including five government troops, officials said. The deadly blast came less than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, […]

KISSAH AND DAWAT: Western Basilan Alliance?

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 March) – In an earlier article “The Birth of the Inter-LGU Alliance in Basilan”, we tackled the underlying motivation and emerging idea of interlocal cooperation among local government units in the insular province. While the province has made more headlines about the notoriety of a small group whose violent ideology […]

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KISSAH AND DAWAT: The Birth of Inter-LGU Alliance in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) — Zamboanga City, March 26, 2018 – March is Women’s Month and birth is associated with women, the beginning of life; thus, any conversation about beginnings is always a great one, in general. The 20th century Scottish scholar and theologian William Barclay once said, there are two great days […]

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PEACETALK: We cannot leave peace work only to those in the negotiating tables, the peace panels or the legislators

(Keynote Speech delievered at the 47th Membership Meeting of the Philippine Business for Social Progress on January 23, 2018 in Makati City) I always find it difficult, whenever I am asked to speak of Mindanao, particularly Muslim Mindanao. Eloquence and articulation are not enough to describe the place, the people, the situation. One needs to […]

PEACETALK: We cannot leave peace work only to those in the negotiating tables, the peace panels or the legislators

(Keynote Speech delievered at the 47th Membership Meeting of the Philippine Business for Social Progress on January 23, 2018 in Makati City) I always find it difficult, whenever I am asked to speak of Mindanao, particularly Muslim Mindanao. Eloquence and articulation are not enough to describe the place, the people, the situation. One needs to […]

STATE OF THE MUNICIPALITY ADDRESS: Build Maluso’s Future Today

(State of the Municipality Address of Mayor Hanie A. Bud of Maluso, Basilan, delivered on 4 December 2017) The ever cooperative Sangguniang Bayan Members headed by the Vice Mayor, the equally supportive Punong Barangays and their respective Barangay Officials, Heads of the different line agencies, men in uniform, local leaders, religious leaders, officers and members […]

Two kidnapped Vietnamese found dead in Basilan

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 7 July) — Two Vietnamese nationals who had been held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan were found dead on Wednesday, military officials said Thursday. The decapitated bodies of Hoang Trung Thong and Hoang Va Hai, both among the six kidnapped crew members of the MV Royal 16 cargo vessel, were […]

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (7): Collusion with the Abu Sayyaf

Seventh of 10 parts 26 May 2017 Whenever lengthy discussions of the Abu Sayyaf are undertaken, the matter of the possible collusion of persons in authority, whether they be military or police personnel or local government officials, with the ASG inevitably comes up.  Let us take a look at each of these in turn. Military/Police […]

644,000 coconut trees to be felled in Basilan, Zambo due to pest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – The coconut scale insect (CSI), known to farmers as “cocolisap,” which affected farmers in the Calabarzon Region, has already reached Mindanao, forcing the eradication of about 644,000 coconut trees in Zamboanga City and Basilan province to contain the infestation, an official of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said. […]

644,000 coconut trees to be felled in Basilan, Zambo due to pest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – The coconut scale insect (CSI), known to farmers as “cocolisap,” which affected farmers in the Calabarzon Region, has already reached Mindanao, forcing the eradication of about 644,000 coconut trees in Zamboanga City and Basilan province to contain the infestation, an official of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said. […]

COMMENTARY: Amid constant frustrations… we just need to take courage, keep the faith and persevere

(Remarks of Merlie “Milet” B. Mendoza, researcher/writer, during the book launch of The Asia Foundation’s “Local Security in the Contested Bangsamoro Zone: Informality, Hybridity and Pragmatic Imperatives” where she wrote a chapter on Sulu. The launch was held on March 29, 2017 at the Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Mendoza says […]

In war vs terrorists, Duterte vows: “I will not allow civilians to be killed”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 March) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said military operations against terrorist groups are focused only on “selective targets” because “I will not allow civilians to be killed in the process.” Duterte’s statement came 11 days after a year-old baby girl was killed and an 11-year old boy injured in Basilan during […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Police scalawags. 07 Feb 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE PRESENTATION OF PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE SCALAWAGS [Delivered at Malacañan Palace Grounds | 07 February 2017] Kayo pinadala […]

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Giving Value to Traditional Art

(Privilege speech delivered by Anak Mindanao party list Representative Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman at the House of Representatives on January 23, 2017) Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi taala wabarakatuh. Madame Speaker, fellow members of the People’s House, I beg your indulgence as this representation, a daughter of the province of Basilan, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, bring […]

Philippines: Armed clashes in Basilan displace nearly 7,000 people

Manila (ICRC) – Nearly 7,000 people have been displaced for more than a month following armed clashes between government security forces and armed groups in Basilan province, southern Philippines. “These families left their homes and sources of livelihood after the hostilities started in November. The residents of six villages in the conflict-affected municipalities of Al-Barka […]

Basilan Rep. Akbar passes away

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) – Basilan’s lone Rep. Jum Jainudin Akbar passed away Friday at a hospital in Metro Manila.   Akbar joined politics in 2007 as Basilan’s first female governor, succeeding her husband Wahab, who served for three terms. Wahab was elected Representative, but was killed in a bomb explosion as he […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Tapatan in Lamitan, Basilan

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE TAPATAN: GOBYERNO AT MAMAMAYAN IN LAMITAN AGRARIAN REFORM BENEFICIARIES COOPERATIVE (LARBECO) [Delivered at LARBECO Compound, Lamitan City, Basilan |10 October 2016] Maayong hapon. Moro rin ako ha. Maranao lang. Mainland kami, mainland. Nagpunta ako dito…Maupo kayo. Sorry. Sorry. Si Governor Jim kasi sinabi sa amin […]

Chiz Escudero to government: respond to Mindanao’s concerns quickly

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Following the successive bombings of NGCP towers here in Mindanao and even the lack of water (the Zamboanga City Water District has announced water rationing starting January 7, 2016!), I’m glad that Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero has called on the national government to focus its attention and support for the people of Mindanao. “Malacanang should have all hands on-deck with regard to the problems currently besetting Mindanao. The list is getting alarmingly long and there is apparently no end in sight for many of these problems,” said Escudero, the frontrunner in various vice-presidential preference surveys. Foremost among Escudero’s concerns was

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