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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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Secretary Sangcopan said there are still 967 pending CLOs in the regional DAR office that covers more than 2,000 hectares of landholdings in the provinces of Sulu, Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.
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.
Reynaldo Yoma, commander of the military's Joint Task Force Zambasulta, said troops from the Joint Task Group Basilan encountered at least 25 ASG terrorists in Hadji Mohammad Ajul town around 8:25 a.
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.
The ARMM covers the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
It was the latest in a series of deadly clashes in the heavily-forested island of Basilan, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf.
Visaya said the victims, on board three fishing boats, were from San Pablo town in Zamboanga del Sur province, north of Basilan.
Kevin was found in Lamitan on Basilan, a stronghold of al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels who are believed to be behind the kidnapping.
However, Antonio Mendoza, the Basilan police chief, said the attack had been motivated by a personal grudge with the village chairman.
Major General Benjamin Dolorfino blamed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for Sunday's raid on Basilan provincial jail.
He said an unidentified masked man aboard a motorboat brought Lunsmann to a wharf in Maluso, a remote town in Basilan Province, where she was released from captivity.
Up to 100 attackers used sledge hammers to break their way into the prison early on Sunday on the island of Basilan, prison officials said.