On Jolo, the military has intensified its search for remnants of rebel
MNLF factions. The leader of these rebels, Habier Malik, has long been a pain
in the butt. But this time, even his old MNLF buddies have disowned him. Malik
now has a price ($21,000) on his head. He's been chased from his usual
residence, and is hiding in the bush with a few followers. The MNLF activity has caused at least a few
hundred civilians to flee the scene of the fighting. There are over 40,000 such
refugees on Jolo, mainly the result of attempts to hunt down remaining Abu
April 18, 2007:
In the south, two men on a motorcycle were apparently carrying a bomb
that went off by accident. Only the two men were killed, and police are trying
to find out who they were representing.
Army patrols continue to encounter armed NPA in the
central Philippines. The most recent clash left at least four dead.
April 17, 2007:
In the south, an Abu Sayyaf gang kidnapped a seven man road repair crew.
Apparently for ransom.
April 15, 2007:
On Jolo, fighting has broken out between a rebel MNLF faction and
troops. The MNLF started the action by firing a mortar at a marine base. Two
marines were killed, as well as a child (one shell missed the base and hit a
nearby government building.) The MNLF, a Moslem group, has been at peace with
the government since 1996. But there are MNLF factions that, for various
reasons, do not go along with the peace deal.
The military responded by attacking two camps used by the MNLF rebels,
killing nearly twenty of them, and causing many more to flee.
April 10, 2007:
Violence between rival political groups on the island of Tongkil
escalated into gun battles that have left at least six dead. The local police
could not handle it, and reinforcements are being flown in. The island only has
a population of 15,000, and several hundred gunmen are involved in the