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AseanPlus News 13 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Basilan may be cordoned off, says Arroyo

The southern island of Basilan may be cordoned off as part of a massive manhunt for Muslim militants who staged a jailbreak, Philippine president Gloria Arroyo said yesterday.

Nation 13 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Gunmen take three sailors hostage off Sabah coast

A group of eight to 10 heavily armed gunmen, in black uniforms and masks, stormed a tugboat towing a barge in the Sulu Sea and snatched three crewmembers on Sunday night.

Nation 16 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Cop: Kidnapping purely motivated by money not politics

The kidnapping of the I>East Ocean 2/Itugboat's three crewmen in the Sulu Sea is a criminal act and not linked to politics or the Abu Sayyaf, said Federal Police Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Seri Salleh Mat Som.

Nation 16 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

39 Indon and Malaysian fishermen held

Philippine authorities have detained 39 Indonesian and Malaysian fishermen for allegedly poaching in border waters off the southern Philippines, the military said Thursday.

Nation 17 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

RM150,000 per head offer gave rise to hostage grab

An offer of 1.5mil pesos (RM150,000) per head is believed to have prompted the hostage grab on board the I>East Ocean 2/Itugboat in the Sulu Sea last Sunday.

Nation 18 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

No sign of kidnapped trio

The whereabouts of the three I>East Ocean/Itugboat seamen remain unknown a week after Filipino gunmen abducted them in the Sulu Sea on Easter Sunday.

Nation 18 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Cabinet opposes Khir's plan on low-cost housing

Compiled by Shantini Suntharajah (April 11 -17)

AseanPlus News 04 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Cops uncover bomb plot in Manila

Security has been tightened ahead of the May 10 elections after police uncovered a bomb plot in the capital amid fears that terrorists plan to disrupt the vote, police said yesterday.

Nation 25 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Twist of fate ends hostage ordeal for resort workers

A twist of fate has ended the 213-day ordeal of four Borneo Paradise Eco Resort workers, who were held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terror group in the mountainous jungles of southern Philippines.

Nation 26 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Hopes still high for release of captive sailors

Hopes remain high for the safe release of the three I>East Ocean 2/Itugboat crewmen soon after a 'setback' two days ago that saw four Borneo Paradise resort freed by the notorious Abu Sayyaf-linked gunmen instead of them.