Less familiar with Jolo’s terrain, the Philippine military has a hard time fighting the Abu Sayyaf terrorists. Working against the soldiers are also factors like weak tactics, corruption and lack of information.
“TOLONG saya, boss. Tolong saya, boss. Tolong saya, boss (Please help me, boss. Please help me, boss. Please help me, boss),” pleaded a crying Samsul Sangunim, an Indonesian kidnapped in the waters off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah.