Latest Basilan Stories

2009-06-03 11:28:00

BRUSSELS, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is pleased to share today the release of Mr. Umar Jaleel, an NP international civilian peacekeeper working on Basilan Island in the Mindanao region of the Philippines who was kidnapped from the NP residence by a group of armed men on Friday, Feb. 13. Jaleel is alive and is currently en route to medical facilities. He was released today at 1245 UTC near the vicinity of Tipo Tipo on Basilan. Jaleel was released through negotiations...

2006-04-29 03:51:54

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine soldiers arrested a Muslim militant, suspected of taking part in the beheading of an American tourist in 2001, during a raid on rebel hideout in the south, an army general said on Saturday. An elite team of U.S-trained commandos seized Abdusalih Dimah in a mountain village, Brigadier-General Raymundo Ferrer, a brigade commander on the southwestern island of Basilan, said. "We took him by complete surprise," Ferrer told reporters, adding the militant was...

2005-08-27 20:44:33

MANILA (Reuters) - Some 24 people were wounded when a powerful explosion ripped through the passenger section of a ferry on Basilan island in the southwestern Philippines, an army general said on Sunday. Brigadier-General Raymundo Ferrer, the island's army commander, said the steel-hulled ferry Dona Ramona was boarding passengers in the port of Lamitan when a blast occurred near the vessel's cafeteria, triggering a small fire. It was contained minutes later. "We're still trying to...

Latest Basilan Reference Libraries

2006-12-27 15:11:40

The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta; also known as mawmag in Cebuano/Visayan) is an endangered tarsier species endemic to the Philippines. It is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly in the provinces of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao, Philippines. Its geographic range also includes Maripipi Island, Siargao Island, Basilan Island and Dinagat Island. Tarsiers have also been reported in Sarangani, although they may be different subspecies. Morphology...

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Word of the Day
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'