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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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Most or 144,640 of the 156,468 those who voted in Basilan province voted for Isabela City to be included in the BARMM.
"The law is not respected, and we, here in Mindanao, are not given the opportunity to choose our own leaders," said Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela, in Basilan province.
Eight army rangers and four suspected militants were killed after hostilities began early Thursday at Sumisip town in Basilan province, 900 kilometres south of Manila, Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang said.
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.
They were brought to Basilan province where the kidnappers originally demanded a P6 million ransom for their release.
Mr Akbar, a former Muslim separatist rebel who became governor of southern Basilan province, joined the extremist Abu Sayyaf group in the 1990s when it had just launched a campaign to set up Islamic rule in the southern Philippines.
At least 13 people, including six children, have died in a cholera outbreak on a remote island off Basilan Province in the southern Philippines, a provincial government spokesman said Wednesday.
and Philippine armed forces are currently winding up a six-month joint counterterrorism training exercise in the southern Philippines Zamboanga City and Basilan Province, the stronghold of Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebels.
He said the confiscation was made possible by an intelligence report that smuggled imported cigarettes are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday here via Basilan province.
The Naval Forces Western Mindanao intercepts a wooden-hulled vessel, M/V Indah Jehan, loaded with some P12 million worth of smuggled rice on Friday, July 12, 2019 after conducting a maritime security patrol near Lampinigan Island, Basilan province. (Photo courtesy of Navforwem Public Information Office via PNA / MANILA BULLETIN)
On July 31, 2018, a Moroccan suicide bomber attacked a military checkpoint in Lamitan, Basilan province, killing 10 people.
In Isabela City in Basilan province, hundreds of volunteers led by Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman and Vice Mayor Kifli Hataman collected on Monday some 10 tons of garbage along streets to mark the start of their citywide cleanliness and sanitation campaign.