The mayor of the Sulu capital town Jolo is calling for an investigation of the alleged involvement of government officials in the payment of a P250-million ransom for the release of two German nationals who had been held captive by the crime group Abu Sayyaf, which has links to the international terror network al-Qaida.
Priests, nuns and lay leaders in Jolo, Sulu are now being guarded and closely watched by police and military authorities to protect them against the crime group Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements, Orlando Cardinal Quevedo said.
By Julie Alipala
Priests, nuns and lay leaders in Jolo, Sulu, are now being guarded and placed under close monitoring by police and military authorities to keep them safe from the Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements, according to Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo.
By Julie M. Aurelio
Outside a dull, unremarkable building at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Quezon City, a line of weary, graying folk brave the heat and the long wait to tell their stories from four decades ago.
Ten Abu Sayyaf bandits and seven soldiers were killed on Thursday in one of the bloodiest clashes in the southern Philippines in recent months, the military said.