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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.
B>MANILA:/BTwo years ago President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo got as her Independence Day gift the head of American hostage Guillermo Sobero, courtesy of the Abu Sayyaf. On the same occasion this Thursday, she got the gift of a 10-day ceasefire, courtesy of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
B>MANILA: /B>The chairman of the Philippines' largest Muslim separatist group yesterday denied for the first time any links to the regional terror group Jemaah Islamiah as rebel and government representatives held informal talks in Malaysia.
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.
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.