Government forces clashed Tuesday with suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the town of Inabanga in Bohol, just two days after the US Embassy warned its citizens about "unsubstantiated yet credible" reports of kidnappings in Central Visayas.
Abu Sayyaf, a local terror group known for kidnapping foreigners in Mindanao, lost 5 members in the clash. Four government forces were killed.
Below are some facts about Inabanga.
Location: Northwestern coast of Bohol, 71 kilometers from the provincial capital of Tagbilaran City
Major Industries: Farming, Mat-weaving, Fishing, Mat-weaving, Nipa Thach-making
- Inabanga River, the largest river of Bohol
- Ilihan Falls
- Macavan Cave
- Inabanga Church
- Inabanga Nature Park and Fishing Village
Population: 43,291 as of 2016
Mayor: Josephine Jumamoy, Liberal Party
Vice Mayor: Ronie Jumanoy, Liberal Party
Number of barangays: 50
Income classification: 3rd Class
Average LGU annual income: P68 million
Number of Primary/Elementary Schools: around 20
Number of Secondary Schools: 5
Number of Higher Education Institutions: None
Number of Hospital: None
Number of Municipal Health Center: None
According to folklore, the town's Inabanga River was once infested with crocodiles, which killed at least one person every year.
The townsfolk believed that the yearly loss of life was a rental (abang) for the use of the river, hence the name Inabangan River or "Rented River."
Spanish colonizers, who had difficulty in pronouncing "Inabangan," called the town "Inabanga."
Inabanga is the hometown of Francisco Dagohoy, a Boholano hero who led the longest Philippine revolutionary movement against the Spaniards.