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Basilan

(bäsē`län), island, 494 sq mi (1,279 sq km), northernmost and largest of the Sulu ArchipelagoSulu Archipelago
, island group, 1,086 sq mi (2,813 sq km), the Philippines, SW of Mindanao. Lying between the Celebes and Sulu seas, it includes over 900 volcanic islands and coral islets extending almost to Borneo. Basilan is the largest island, Jolo the most important.
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, the Philippines. It is closely associated with the city of ZamboangaZamboanga
, city (1990 pop. 442,345), Zamboanga del Sur prov., SW Mindanao, the Philippines, at the tip of the Zamboanga peninsula, on Basilan Strait. One of the chief cities of Mindanao and a busy seaport, it is the hub of a major iron-producing and lumbering area, which has
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 on Mindanao island, just across the 10-mi (16-km) wide Basilan Strait. Major sources of income are sea products, coconut, timber, and rubber. The Univ. of the Philippines maintains a vast rubber plantation there. With neighboring islets, Basilan forms the Basilan island group. The inhabitants are chiefly Muslim, and the island has been the scene of fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels.

Basilan

1. a group of islands in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao
2. the main island of this group, separated from Mindanao by the Basilan Strait. Area: 1282 sq. km (495 sq. miles)
3. a city on Basilan Island. Pop.: 381 000 (2005 est.)
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The celebration started on Feb 26 with launching of the Agro-Industrial Trade Fair at Basilan National High School Grandstand that showcased different booths from cities, municipalities, some government agencies and other organizations in the province.
It will not come overnight, so that's why we should maintain it and be patient" Dureza said in his speech at the culmination of the 10-day celebration of Pakaradjaan Festival to coincide with the founding anniversary of Basilan.
22, authorities arrested 20-year old Spanish national Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, 20, at an Army checkpoint in Basilan.
Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, a 20-year-old Spanish national of Tunisian descent, was charged with violation of Presidential Decree 1866 as amended by Republic Act 9516 (law on illegal possession on firearms and explosives) before the Regional Trial Court in Basilan, Isabela City.
The Islamic State-inspired Abu Sayyaf has been trying to delay the construction of more roads, schools and agricultural facilities in remote Basilan barangays where its members collect money from residents at gunpoint.
Based on information provided by Hao, the soldier was a member of a 60mm mortar team of the 64th Infantry Battalion at Upper Cabengbeng, Sumisip, Basilan.
She said the conflict in Basilan was much worse during the martial law days, when her family was forced to stay in an evacuation camp due to incessant fighting between soldiers and Muslim rebels.
Kevin was found in Lamitan on Basilan, a stronghold of al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels who are believed to be behind the kidnapping.
Basilan police chief Antonio Mendoza told Kyodo News in a telephone interview the shootings and explosion occurred in five different locations in Isabela City, the provincial capital, within about 30 minutes.
Major General Benjamin Dolorfino blamed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for Sunday's raid on Basilan provincial jail.
They are currently being held hostage on the island of Jolo, near to Basilan.
After early-morning Mass in Zamboanga City and a quick boat ride across the Basilan Straits, Claretian Father Angel Calvo and I have made our way past the capital of Basilan Island, Isabela, up the mountains, past coconut and rubber plantations, to the town of Lamitan.