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(bəˈsiːlɑːn; bæˈsiːlæn)
1. (Placename) a group of islands in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao
2. (Placename) the main island of this group, separated from Mindanao by the Basilan Strait. Area: 1282 sq km (495 sq miles)
3. (Placename) a city on Basilan Island. Pop: 381 000 (2005 est)
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(bəˈsi lɑn)

1. an island in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao. 495 sq. mi. (1282 sq. km).
2. a city on this island. 27,261.
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Basilan greenhouse to use Israeli-patterned drip irrigation !-- -- John Unson (The Philippine Star) - September 5, 2019 - 12:00am BASILAN, Philippines The provincial government here will put up an organic greenhouse show farm using a drip irrigation system patterned after an Israeli self-sustaining agriculture technology.
Inside the sprawling camp of the Philippine Army's 4th Special Forces Battalion in Isabela City, Basilan, stands a newly built one-story facility.
The provincial director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Basilan was arrested for allegedly keeping bomb-making materials.
A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group who was being sought for a string of criminal cases, including kidnapping and serious illegal detention in Basilan was arrested over the weekend in Quezon City by a composite team of policemen.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 (KUNA) -- An explosion inside a van killed at least 10 people at a military checkpoint in Lamitan City in the southern Philippines island of Basilan. The explosion killed a soldier, five militiamen and four villagers and wounded a mother and her child and nine others among whome were five soldiers, Philippines media reported, Tuesday.
Although the tone of the episode was well-intentioned, the lack of thoroughness and organization of the material resulted in a distorted picture of Basilan.
Manila: An army corporal went amok on Thursday morning inside a camp in Basilan, killing five of his comrades before being shot dead by colleagues.
For Nurkisa Alidain, a resident of Lamitan, Basilan, a just and lasting peace has long been overdue.
About 2,000 soldiers and policemen were deployed on the southern island province of Basilan to hunt down the fugitives.
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.
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.