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Apr 21 2007

Pamumugot-Ulo Ng Sayyaf, Kinondena!

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 22 Apr) — Kinondena ng mga ibat-ibang grupo ng mga Muslim at religious sector ang bandidong Abu Sayyaf dahil sa pagpugot nito ng ulo sa 7 bihag sa lalawigan ng Sulu.Walang awang pinatay ng Abu Sayyaf ang mga inonsenteng biktima matapos na mabigo ang mga bandido na makakuha ng ransom.Anim sa mga bihag ay pawang taga-Zamboanga City at nagta-trabaho umano sa construction firm ni Sulu Gov. Benjamin Loong. Ang isa naman ay mangingisda lamang. Lahat ay dinukot nuong Abril 15 sa bayan ng Parang.Hinihinalang pinahirapan muna ng Abu Sayyaf ang mga bihag bago ito pinatay, ayon naman sa mga nakakita sa bangkay. Kahapon ay nakaluksa pa arin ang maraming mga kaanak at pamilya ng anim na trabahador sa Zamboanga City.Nagbabanta naman ngayon ang mga residenteng Muslim sa Sulu na magsasagawa ng malaking rally upang i-protesta ang walang habas na pamamaslang ng Abu Sayyaf ng mga inosenteng sibilyan at maging mga Muslim sa lalawigan ay pinapatay rin.Marami sa mga Muslim ay dismayado sa malalang peace and order situation sa Sulu at sinisisi ang kawalan ng governance sa lalawigan. Marami sa mga opisyal ng Sulu ay palaging nasa Zamboanga at Maynila at halos hindi makita sa kanilang mga tanggapan.Maging si dating Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan ay dismayado rin sa naganap at sinisi nito ang diumano’y kawalan ang governance sa lalawigan at malalang peace and order situation doon.“There is no governance(in Sulu) because many politicians who are supposed to stay in their office and do their duties as public servants stay in Zamboanga and travel to Manila for good time.”“The peace and order condition is getting worse by the day and people are tired and sick of violence and killings and fighting. We need people who will really work hard and served the public well. Kailangan malapit ang komunidad sa mga leader upang mabatid ang problema.”“Yun mga pinugutan ng ulo ay naghahanap buhay lamang, pero ang tanong ay bakit sila dinukot at bakit pinugutan ng ulo agad. Dapat nabuksan ang isang mapayapang negosasyon upang mailigtas ang buhay ng mga biktima,” ani Tan sa isang ambush interview ng mga mamamahayag sa Zamboanga City.Sinabi naman ni Maj. Eugene Batara, ang spokesman ng Western Mindanao Command, na patuloy ang pagtugis ng military sa bandidong grupo. Ipinadala pa ng Abu Sayyaf ang mga ulo sa militar sa bayan ng Parang at Indanan.“Our troops are pursuing the terrorists,” ani Batara sa pahayagang Mindanao Examiner.Nauna umanong humingi ng limang milyong ransom ang Abu Sayyaf kay Loong ngunit tinangihan naman ito ng pulitiko. Ayon sa ibang ulat ay isang milyong piso bawat isa ang hiling ng Abu Sayyaf.Nakilala naman ang anim sa pinugutan na sina Nonoy Ampoy, Loloy Teodoro, Roger Francisco, Toto Milas, Wilmer Santos at Dennis delos Reyes. Hindi agad nakilala ang ika-pitong biktima.Patungo sa trabaho ang anim na biktima sakay ng isang dump truck ng sila’y harangin at dukutin sa bayan ng Parang ng Abu Sayyaf sa ilalim ni Albader Parad.Ayon pa sa ibang ulat ay may dalawa pang bihag na sundalo ang Abu Sayyaf. Dinukot rin ang dalawa na diumano’y sakay ng isang jeep sa nasabing bayan, ngunit wala umanong balita ang militar ukol dito.Bukod sa Abu Sayyaf ay patuloy rin ang labanan sa pagitan ng militar Moro National Liberation Front rebels sa Sulu at umabot na sa 24 ang mga nasawi at mahigit sa 100 ang sugatan mula pa nuong Abril 13.Nagbabala rin si MNLF leader Habier Malik na may mga atake pang magaganap. Galit nag alit si Malik sa militar na inakusahan nitong nasa likod ng pagpatay sa mga rebelde sa ilang ulit na sagupaan.

Lumabag umano ang militar sa September 1996 peace agreement sa pagitan ng MNLF at pamahalaan. Iginigiit naman ng militar na kinukupkop ng MNLF ang Abu Sayyaf at Jemaah Islmiya bombers sa Sulu na itinanggi naman ni Malik. (Mindanao Examiner)

Apr 21 2007

Decapitated Bodies Of Sayyaf Hostages Arrive In Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Al Jacinto / 21 Apr) – Relatives and families of slain Abu Sayyaf hostages grieved Saturday as bodies of the six construction workers arrived in Zamboanga City in crates.The six, kidnapped on April 15 in Jolo island, were beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf after the island’s governor Benjamin Loong rejected a demand for ransom. The kidnappers, headed by Albader Parad, a notorious militant leader, reportedly sought as much as seven million pesos in exchange for lives of the six men seized in the town of Parang.A fisherman, also kidnapped in Parang town, was also decapitated. Their heads were delivered to two military detachments in Jolo island on Thursday and their bodies, hands tied behind the back, had been recovered the next day.The families of the victims blamed the government for its failure to save the lives of the hostages, who were all natives of Zamboanga City and workers of Loong.“We cannot pay ransom money because of the government’s no-ransom policy,” Loong said. “We will give the families of the slain workers one hundred thousand pesos each to help them (in the funeral expenses).A ferry transported the bodies from Jolo and a crane was used to unload the six crates in Zamboanga City, where dozens of grieving relatives were waiting.“How could they do this thing? These people were innocent and only trying to make a descent living to feed their families. May Allah punish the Abu Sayyaf,” one man, Pedro Santos, who claimed to be a relative of the hostages, told the Mindanao Examiner.Many Muslims in Jolo island condemned the killings. A former governor, Sakur Tan, blamed the worsening peace and order situation on the island and the habitual absences and travels to Manila of many politicians, instead of staying in Jolo.“There is no governance (in Jolo island) because many politicians who are supposed to stay in their office and do their duties as public servants stay in Zamboanga and travel to Manila for good time.”“The peace and order condition is getting worse by the day and people are tired and sick of violence and killings and fighting. We need people who will really work hard and served the public well,” Tan said in a separate interview.The Philippine military also condemned the slaying of the hostages.Juan San Diego, a retired soldier, who had served in Jolo island, criticized militant party list groups he claimed are allied with the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines.“While every sector and civil groups are condemning the killings of these innocent people, the so-called progressive political groups, such as the Suara Bangsamoro, Bayan Muna, Karapatan, Kabataan, Anakpawis, Gabriela and their likes, remain silent about the atrocities of the Abu Sayyaf.”“But they are quick to denounce the military and the government of all fabricated lies about human rights abuses and yet the Abu Sayyaf and other rebel groups continue their terror activities. These party list groups are really communists,” San Diego, a former army gunnery sergeant, said.

Washington listed the Abu Sayyaf as a foreign terrorist organization and offered as much as $5 million bounty for the capture of its known leaders. Manila also set aside P100 million reward for their capture dead or alive. (Mindanao Examiner)

Apr 19 2007

Bodies Of Beheaded Sayyaf Hostages Recovered In Jolo Island

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 20 Apr) – Government soldiers have recovered Friday the decapitated bodies of seven people kidnapped by the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippine island of Jolo.Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded the hostages on Thursday after Benjamin Loong, the island’s governor rejected the group’s demand for P5 million ransoms.The hostages, six of them construction workers and the seventh, a fisherman, were seized April 15 in Parang town. Their severed heads were sent to two military detachments on the island, said Maj. Eugene Batara, a regional army spokesman.The kidnappers had demanded at least seven million pesos in exchange for the lives of the hostages. But Loong said the government has a strict no-ransom policy.Six of those executed Nonoy Ampoy, Loloy Teodoro, Roger Francisco, Toto Milas, Wilmer Santos and Dennis delos Reyes were all working for Loong’s construction firm.The bodies, hands bound behind the back and covered by banana leaves, were transported by a small truck to a morgue in Jolo town, where weeping relatives were waiting Friday.“They killed my two cousins. They slaughtered them like a pig. They are all barbarians,” one man, whose two relatives were among those beheaded, said.The victims were heading to work when militants kidnapped them. Police and military tagged the leader of the gang as Albader Parad, a notorious Abu Sayyaf commander, blamed for the spate of attacks against civilians and military targets in Jolo.“This is how terrorism thrives. We condemn this barbarism. We will get the Abu Sayyaf,” Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, the Philippine military chief, told the Mindanao Examiner.Others reports said two government soldiers traveling on a civilian jeep were also kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf at a checkpoint in Parang town, but the military said it has no information about the attack.Security forces are also battling Moro National Liberation Front rebels on the island and the clashes left at least 21 soldiers and gunmen dead and more than 100 wounded since fighting began April 13.MNLF leader Habier Malik warned of more attacks. “There will be more bloodshed. We are not afraid to die fighting the enemies,” he said.Malik accused the military of violating the September 1996 peace agreement, saying, troops, pursuing the Abu Sayyaf, had killed MNLF members and innocent civilians in several armed encounters on the island.He said had repeatedly soldiers encroached in MNLF areas, sparking sporadic clashes. The military also accused the MNLF of coddling the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya bombers in Jolo, a charged strongly denied by Malik.Malik has declared a holy war against the military.The MNLF rebels, under Chieftain Nur Misuari, signed a peace agreement with the Philippine government in September 1996. After the peace agreement was signed, Misuari became the governor of the Muslim autonomous region. But despite the accord, there was a widespread disillusionment with the weak autonomy they were granted.Under the peace agreement, Manila would provide a mini-Marshal Plan to spur economic development in Muslim areas in the south and livelihood and housing assistance to tens of thousands of former rebels to uplift their poor living standards.Many MNLF members were disgruntled with the peace deal, saying, the Arroyo government failed to comply with some of its provisions and uplift their standards of living. They accused Manila of failing to develop the war-torn areas in the south.And in November 2001, on the eve of the elections in the Muslim autonomous region, Misuari accused the government of reneging on the peace agreement, and launched a new rebellion in Jolo island and Zamboanga City, where more than 100 people were killed.

Misuari then escaped by boat to Malaysia, but had been arrested and deported to the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)

Apr 19 2007

7 Sayyaf Hostages Beheaded In Southern Philippines

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 19 Apr) – Abu Sayyaf militants whose group is tied to al-Qaeda terror network, beheaded all seven of their civilian hostages in the troubled island of Jolo, about 950 km south of Manila, officials said Thursday.The hostages, six of them construction workers and the remaining a fisherman, had been kidnapped April 15 in Parang town. Their severed heads were sent to a military post on the island, said Maj. Eugene Batara, a regional army spokesman.“Our troops are pursuing the terrorists,” Batara told the Mindanao Examiner. He did not say whether the bodies had been recovered or not.The Abu Sayyaf decapitated the hostages after the island’s governor, Benjamin Loong, rejected the group’s ransom demand. The kidnappers had demanded at least seven million pesos in exchange for the lives of the hostages.Six of those executed Nonoy Ampoy, Loloy Teodoro, Roger Francisco, Toto Milas, Wilmer Santos and Dennis delos Reyes were all working for Loong’s construction firm, reports said.The victims were heading to work when militants kidnapped them. Police and military tagged the leader of the gang as Albader Parad, a notorious Abu Sayyaf commander, blamed for the spate of attacks against civilians and military targets in Jolo.Others reports said two government soldiers traveling on a civilian jeep were also kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf at a checkpoint in Parang town, but the military said it has no information about the attack.Security forces are also battling Moro National Liberation Front rebels on the island and the clashes left at least 21 soldiers and gunmen dead and more than 100 wounded since fighting began April 13.MNLF leader Habier Malik on Thursday warned of more attacks. “There will be more bloodshed. We are not afraid to die fighting the enemies,” he said.Malik accused the military of violating the September 1996 peace agreement, saying, troops, pursuing the Abu Sayyaf, had killed MNLF members and innocent civilians in several armed encounters on the island.He said had repeatedly soldiers encroached in MNLF areas, sparking sporadic clashes. The military also accused the MNLF of coddling the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya bombers in Jolo, a charged strongly denied by Malik.Malik has declared a holy war against the military.The MNLF rebels, under Chieftain Nur Misuari, signed a peace agreement with the Philippine government in September 1996. After the peace agreement was signed, Misuari became the governor of the Muslim autonomous region. But despite the accord, there was a widespread disillusionment with the weak autonomy they were granted.Under the peace agreement, Manila would provide a mini-Marshal Plan to spur economic development in Muslim areas in the south and livelihood and housing assistance to tens of thousands of former rebels to uplift their poor living standards.Many MNLF members were disgruntled with the peace deal, saying, the Arroyo government failed to comply with some of its provisions and uplift their standards of living. They accused Manila of failing to develop the war-torn areas in the south.And in November 2001, on the eve of the elections in the Muslim autonomous region, Misuari accused the government of reneging on the peace agreement, and launched a new rebellion in Jolo island and Zamboanga City, where more than 100 people were killed.

Misuari then escaped by boat to Malaysia, but had been arrested and deported to the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)

Apr 11 2007

RP Planes Bomb Fleeing Insurgents In Troubled South

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 11 Apr) – Government planes bombed Wednesday New People’s Army rebels fleeing a military offensive in the southern Philippines.There were no immediate reports of casualties, but OV-10 bombers pounded enemy positions after rebels released some 200 civilians they briefly held and used them as shield against pursuing soldiers in the outskirts of Panabo City in Davao del Norte province.Officials said troops were pursuing a band of rebels behind a prison raid last week in Panabo City.Chief Supt. Andres Caro, regional police chief, said the rebels have released their hostages and are now in government shelter in Panabo. «All the hostages are safe,» he told the Mindanao Examiner.»Philippine Air Force’s OV-10 bombers have conducted a series of bombing attacks on the rebels who are reportedly hiding in the two hinterland villages,» said Army Maj. Randolph Cabangbang, a regional military spokesman.

There was no immediate statement from rebel leaders about the fighting. The military and police blamed the NPA for the daring raid at the Davao penal farm where rebel, disguised as government troops, carted more than 100 assorted weapons. (Romy Bwaga)

Mar 11 2007

Rebels Free Military Hostages In Southern Philippines

ILIGAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 11 Mar) – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels freed late Sunday about two dozen soldiers they earlier held in the southern Philippine province of Lanao del Sur, officials said.The MILF freed their hostages in Lumba Bayabao town after the Philippine Army also released seven members of the rebel group earlier arrested for illegal possession of firearms.“All the hostages are freed. Everything is alright now. We have resolved the problem and it only shows that the cease-fire mechanism between the military and the MILF is really working. The rebels and the soldiers even shook hands after their release,” Marine Maj. Gen. Mohammad Dolorfino, a member of the government peace panel, told the Mindanao Examiner.

Rebels seized the soldiers at around 4 p.m. in the town of Lumba Bayabao town in retaliation for the arrest of their comrades. The MILF said it would only free the hostages if the military released the seven prisoners.

The MILF said the seven rebels were on their way to a police headquarters to hand over a bandit they earlier arrested, when troops intercepted them. In retaliation, the MILF seized a military detachment and held more than 20 soldiers, Dolorfino said.

He said the MILF, which is currently negotiating peace with Manila, has been working closely with the government through the ad-hoc joint action group to track down criminals and terrorists.

Last year, the MILF rescued a kidnapped nine-year old girl, Donna May Ramos, in Basilan island after rebels stormed the hideout of kidnappers in the hinterlands and arrested two men.

In July last year, MILF rebels also freed a kidnapped social worker, Henry de Guzman, in the southern province of Lanao del Norte barely a day after bandits seized him.

The MILF, the country’s largest Muslim separatist rebel group, forged an agreement in 2004 that paved the way for rebel forces to help government hunt down terrorists and criminal elements in areas where the rebel group is actively operating.

The rebel group also provided the government of a list of suspected Filipino and Indonesian terrorists operating in Mindanao. It previously helped Philippine authorities track down and arrest suspected Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya militants in the troubled region. (Mindanao Examiner)

Mar 11 2007

Muslim Rebels Raid Army Detachment, Seized 2 Dozen Soldiers In South RP

ILIGAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 11 Mar) – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) gunmen swooped down Sunday at a military post in the southern Philippines and seized at least two dozen soldiers.Rebels seized the soldiers at around 4 p.m. in the town of Lumba Bayabao in Lanao del Sur province, where troops earlier arrested seven MILF members for illegal possession of weapons.The MILF said it would free the hostages only if the soldiers release the seven prisoners.The rebels said the seven MILF members were on their way to a police headquarters to hand over a bandit they earlier arrested, when troops intercepted them. In retaliation, the MILF seized a military detachment and held more than 20 soldiers.Negotiations between the cease-fire committees of the military and rebels are going on for the release of all hostages.The MILF, which is currently negotiating peace with Manila, has been working closely with the government through the ad-hoc joint action group to track down criminals and terrorists.Last year, the MILF rescued a kidnapped nine-year old girl, Donna May Ramos, in Basilan island after rebels stormed the hideout of kidnappers in the hinterlands and arrested two men.

In July last year, MILF rebels also freed a kidnapped social worker, Henry de Guzman, in the southern province of Lanao del Norte barely a day after bandits seized him.

The MILF, the country’s largest Muslim separatist rebel group, forged an agreement in 2004 that paved the way for rebel forces to help government hunt down terrorists and criminal elements in areas where the rebel group is actively operating.

The rebel group also provided the government of a list of suspected Filipino and Indonesian terrorists operating in Mindanao. It previously helped Philippine authorities track down and arrest suspected Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya militants in the troubled region.

(Mindanao Examiner)

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