After eight members of
Abu Sayyaf surrendered earlier this month, they provided information indicating
that about thirty Abu Sayyaf members had been trained as bomb makers, and sent
to the capital to stay under cover until they got the word to go into action.
Such "sleeper cells" are a much feared, but rarely encountered,
terrorist tactic. Police are now searching for the thirty suspects.
May 24, 2007: Army Scout Ranger commandos
raided a terrorist hideout in the south, killing two known members of
May 23, 2007: President Arroyo and her allies
appear to have won 200 of 219 seats in the national legislature, during the
recent elections. This means her strategy against Moslem separatists and
Islamic terrorists will continue.
May 18, 2007: In the south, a bomb went off
in a bus terminal, killing three and wounding fifteen. It's unclear if the
bombers were Islamic terrorists, or local gangsters trying to extort money from
the bus companies. The latter is more frequently the source of such violence.