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Philippines: March 29, 2002

Police rescued one of the kidnapping victims held by the rogue MILF Pentagon gang. One soldier and three gang members were wounded. Unlike the MILF, which makes major efforts to build up local support, the rogue groups are generally seen as common criminals by civilians. Some of these rogue gangs, like Abu Sayyaf, maintain local civilian support by spreading around a lot of money and putting many locals on the gang payroll. If you collect a few large ransoms, you can do this.