Battle of Jolo





Jolo, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines


Philippine victory


Flag of Malaysia Malaysia

Flag of the Philippines Philippines
Late 19th Century Flag of Sulu Sulu Army
(Supported by)
Flag of Indonesia Indonesia


Flag of Malaysia Sultanal Muhammad
Flag of Malaysia Shabazal Salam

Flag of the Philippines Datu Omar al-Hasim
Flag of the Philippines Chen Mendoza
Late 19th Century Flag of Sulu Datu Ahmad Bantilan
Late 19th Century Flag of Sulu Datu Galib Abirin


1000 troops

Army: 789
Moro army: 1,313
Police: 942

Casualties and Losses

452 killed
300 captured

300 soldiers killed
421 Moro rebels killed

The Battle of Jolo Island (Filipino: Ang Labanan sa Isla ng Jolo, Malay: Pertempuran Pulau Jolo) was fought in the Sulu Archipelago, in the island of Jolo in the southern Philippines between Malaysian forces and a combined force of Filipino soldiers and Bangsamoro militants during the Borneo War.

After the Malaysian naval forces emerged victorious against the Philippine navy in the Battle of the Sulu Sea, Malaysian vessels were sent, to carry and send troops for a land invasion of the southern Philippines, in what was known as Operation Suluk in Malaysia. The Malaysian invasion of Sulu happened concurrently with the invasion of Tawi-Tawi.

Though the Filipinos and Moro rebels shared a mutual hatred of Malaysia, they did not fight alongside each other. Though ironically, they did not engage in war against one-another, avoiding a triple-threat style battle. Moreover, Filipino and Moro leaders alike independently decided to co-operate, to route out Malaysian offensives. Indonesians were also present in Jolo, aiding the Filipinos in the struggle against the invading Malaysians.

The Malaysian invasion was a failure, with most men being cut down on the beach landings.