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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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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.
18 with Filipino forces sent to Basilan province to arrest Moro commander Dan Laksaw Asnawi for his alleged involvement in a 2007 attack killing 14 marines.
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.
ZAMBOANGA CITY - Three members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to the military and another was captured by the police in Basilan province in the midst of the sustained military and police operations in the province.
Among the SGLG recipients is Maluso town, the erstwhile "shabu capital" of Basilan province.
A soldier was killed while two others were wounded when they were ambushed by Abu Sayyaf bandits in Tipo-Tipo town in Basilan province on Monday morning.
The five winners were Langkit Weaving, Halal Organic Agricrops Production, and Anaya Solutions, all from the province of Lanao del Sur; Center for Integrated Organic Farming System from Maguindanao; and There is Hope in Daing from Basilan province.
The group, formed in the early 1990s in Basilan province, located about 100 miles northeast of the Sulu province, is known for extortion, kidnappings, beheadings and bombings.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has provided livelihood interventions to farmers in Basilan province who were greatly affected by the coconut scale insect or cocolisap infestation.
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.