Ethnic Groups in the Philippines

Malaysia intensifies hunt for Filipino invaders

Filipino protesters stage a rally against ongoing military actions by Malaysia against the followers of the Sultanate of Sulu at the gates of Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila. Photo: EPA

Malaysia's police chief said followers of a self-styled Muslim sultan had scattered after an air and ground attack on Tuesday on their stronghold in eastern Sabah state, aimed at ending Malaysia's worst security crisis in years.

Thursday, 7 March, 2013, 2:42am

Sultan of Sulu loyalists escape Malaysia military assault, group says

Malaysian army commandos board a helicopter for an assault on Filipino intruders in Sabah. Photo: AP

The national police chief also raised doubts about the success of the air and ground attack, saying "mopping up" operations had yet to find any bodies. That suggested at least some of the militants might have slipped away.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:03am

Beheadings linked to torture claim

The Philippine military is investigating whether the recent beheading of five soldiers by Abu Sayyaf extremists was partly in retaliation for the alleged torture of a man authorities accused of being a member.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Rebel violence hampers Arroyo's push for peace

For 12 painful years the Philippine government has tried to bring an end to a bloody separatist insurgency in the south, with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ramping up efforts recently to secure a peace deal as part of her legacy.

20 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Network won't pay journalists' ransom

A major television network said yesterday it would refuse to pay a ransom demand it received for the release of news anchor Ces Drilon and two cameramen, missing since Sunday on the strife-torn southern Philippine island of Jolo.

12 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Photograph of US troops in south sparks Manila probe

Special forces suspected of violating key defence pact

A photograph that appears to show American special forces operating in the insurgency-racked southern Philippines - in apparent violation of a key defence agreement - has prompted an investigation by the Philippine defence department.

16 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Arroyo offers experiment in self-rule to Muslim separatists

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has offered southern separatists a pilot experiment on Muslim self-rule as a way of breaking a year-long impasse on the fragile peace talks.

16 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Delay in manhunt for rebels angers army

A 'Task Force Thunder' manhunt of Muslim rebels who beheaded 10 soldiers last month has been put on hold by the government's top peace negotiator and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, angering marines who wanted an immediate crackdown on the perpetrators.

2 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Imam tortured, beheaded by marines: rebels

Muslim rebels who killed 14 Philippine marines last week claimed yesterday that the soldiers had abducted and tortured an imam, whose body was found alongside those of the troops.

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Arms for the poor

Mayor Alkramer Izquierdo walks slowly and circumspectly among the plank houses of Barangay Takut-Takut, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Jolo. Four private bodyguards and six heavily armed marines follow him closely, making sure that nothing happens to the town's top politician.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

A history of violence

Set up in the early 1990s with al-Qaeda money, Abu Sayyaf's original mission was to create an Islamic state in western Mindanao, home to most of the 4 million Muslims in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf's original name was Harakatul al-Islamiya, or Islamic movement.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Bali bombers hiding in the Philippines

At least five members of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorist group, including two Bali bombers, are hiding with Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines, a military official said.

3 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Island loses moment to shine but wins time to fine-tune

In Cebu, they are developing a great faith in the second chance.

Their hopes and hard work dashed by the unprecedented postponement on Friday of the Asean leaders' summit, organisers were picking up the pieces yesterday to ready themselves for the rescheduled summit next month.

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

White supremacy

While recently visiting a cold and rainy European capital, I asked my host if her fellow Filipinos ever took advantage of the rare glorious summer days to stroll around the city's magnificent parks. 'No,' she said tartly. 'They're afraid that if they walk out in the sun their skin will turn dark.'

30 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

White supremacy

While recently visiting a cold and rainy European capital, I asked my host if her fellow Filipinos ever took advantage of the rare glorious summer days to stroll around the city's magnificent parks. 'No,' she said tartly. 'They're afraid that if they walk out in the sun their skin will turn dark.'

29 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

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