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In Sabah, an estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants toil at jobs that the locals shun. This is the story of a Filipino who crossed the Sulu Sea in search of work and safety and it illustrates why Sabah is such a haven to so many, writes PHILIP GOLINGAI.
Anticipation is growing among Philippine government officials that they are finally getting to the bottom of the Sipadan and Pandanan kidnappings three years ago. Senior Philippine officials contacted in the southern city of Zamboanga said that details on the Abu Sayyaf kidnappers given by former hostage Roland Ullah had been invaluable.
The wife of the last Sipadan hostage Rolland Ullah, who escaped last week after three years in the captivity of Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Jolo, is yearning to reunite with her husband now being held by the Philippines military.
The escape of Rolland Ullah, the last Sipadan hostage, from the clutches of Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the Philippines island of Jolo, marked the end to the infamous Easter Sunday kidnappings in Sabah three years ago.
The last Sipadan hostage, Rolland Ullah, who was held the by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Jolo, is believed to have escaped after over 1,100 days in captivity.
A suspected member of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group was fatally shot after he grabbed a soldier's rifle and tried to escape following his capture, officials said Friday.
Philippine troops clashed with Muslim guerrillas Wednesday in a mountain rain forest, in a running gunbattle that killed a soldier and injured two others, an official said.
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo said yesterday she had approved the deployment of US troops to a stronghold of the Muslim Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group in Sulu.
B>ZAMBOANGA:/BAn Indonesian sailor held captive by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Philippines has escaped during a military offensive, ending nine months in captivity, the military said yesterday.
B>MANILA:/BSeparatist guerillas warned yesterday that deploying US combat trainers near their southern Philippine strongholds could draw the visiting forces into local clashes, resulting in American casualties.