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3 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, 7 soldiers hurt in Basilan clashes

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Three Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed while seven soldiers were injured in a clash at the borders of Al Barka and Tipo-tipo in Basilan on Thursday morning, the military reported.

Posted: December 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Basilan mayors back all-out war on Abu Sayyaf

Abu Sayyaf group. AP FILE PHOTO

All 12 mayors of towns in the province of Basilan supported an all-out war campaign against the Abu Sayyaf urging the military to wipe out the crime group that has links with the international terror network al-Qaida.

Posted: November 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gutsy officer in bungled raid found guilty, demoted


“I fell here, I’ll rise here.” A bemedaled Army officer kept up a brave front on Tuesday as he was found guilty by a general court-martial of bungling an operation against renegade guerrillas in Al-Barka town, Basilan province, two years ago, causing a clash that left 19 Special Forces soldiers dead.

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Military court finds remaining officer in bungled Basilan operations guilty

A soldier carries a wounded comrade airlifted by helicopter from Al-Barka, Basilan, for treatment in Zamboanga City last month. At least 19 soldiers of the Special Action Forces were killed in a clash with Moro rebels. AP FILE PHOTO

The remaining officer facing charges in the bungled operations in Al Barka, Basilan in 2011 which claimed lives of 19 of the Army’s Special Forces and injured 14 others was found guilty by military court on Tuesday.

Posted: July 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

An encounter for peace in Al-Barka

MEMBERS of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  and the Philippine Army’s 103rd Brigade test their strengths in a game of tug-of-war in October last year to celebrate the formal signing of the framework peace agreement between the government and MILF negotiators in Malacañang. RICHEL V. UMEL

The last time they met, heads rolled as blood flowed in what was seen as one of the most grossly lopsided encounters between soldiers and Moro rebels in Basilan.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »