Filipino Muslims

All mod cons - elite prisoners live in luxury

Jose Antonio Leviste is a high-profile prisoner whose friends say used to enjoy performing magic tricks at parties.

Thursday, 2 June, 2011, 12:00am

Rebel warns Abu Sayyaf thrive on conflict

Chasing the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf with more military troops will only inject new life into an already dying movement, warns jailed Moro National Liberation Front chairman Nur Misuari.

Not so, the Armed Forces of the Philippines says, because now it has a tried-and-tested battle plan.

11 Feb 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

Beach resort proves an idyll for tourists and terrorists alike

A newly uncovered plot by Islamic militants to bomb Manila's oil depot, foreign embassies and shopping malls has once more focused attention on the sleepy coastal city of Talisay.

To tourists, Talisay - a half-hour ride by car from booming Cebu City in the central Philippines - is known for beach resorts.

17 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Crushing terrorism

Three Southeast Asian nations vulnerable to fostering terrorist groups have agreed to jointly tackle the problem in a move that brings much-needed security to the region. But the co-operation should not be seen as the be-all and end-all of a problem that could spawn in any country at any time.

23 Feb 2002 - 12:00am