Sulu Archipelago

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

Muslim region tense ahead of US exercises

Governor still trying to calm anger over army 'massacre'

Thousands of Filipino and US soldiers pouring into the southern Philippines over the next few days for annual war games will find it fraught with tension over the deaths of eight people, including two children, in an encounter with US-trained troops.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

One place where the US is welcome

Doctors and donations - not battles - have rebels on the run in Jolo

In one tiny, but strategically important, corner of the world, American forces at least look like winners, prompting Washington's official global image builder to cite it as a model for US military missions elsewhere.

5 Feb 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

3 hours of tape paint damning picture

Election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano was allegedly the object of wiretapping in dozens of conversations covering three hours of tape.

15 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Children fall ill during wait for Arroyo

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo drew criticism yesterday after nine child deportees had to be rushed to hospital while enduring a nearly four-hour wait for her.

The children were all treated for dehydration.

31 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Kidnap gang leader's mother threatened with banishment

The mother of a gang leader who kidnapped six Christians last week and beheaded two of them has been threatened with banishment from her island home if the captives are not freed.

26 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Islanders measure worth by power of their guns

A man's economic worth is measured by the calibre of his gun in Talipao, as in all other towns on the southern Philippine island of Jolo.

Home to the fierce Tausug tribe, Jolo is touted to be the next arena for a joint Philippine-American operation against terrorism.

22 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Rebel hunt widens as new island included in exercises

The search for fleeing leaders of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group has been stepped up with the widening of a joint Philippine-US military training exercise.

Defence Secretary Angelo Reyes confirmed yesterday that the ongoing Balikatan exercises now included the island of Sulu, where three Abu Sayyaf leaders, including its chief, Khaddafy Janjalani, were thought to be hiding.

11 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

The start of the end

The piratical frontman of the Philippines' most dangerous criminal gang may be dead, but the nation's poverty-stricken south has not suddenly become safer.

22 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Cargo boat toll now 86

Zamboanga City, Philippines: The death toll in the sinking of an inter-island cargo vessel that had been illegally carrying passengers southwest of Mindanao rose to 86 yesterday.

At least 29 more bodies were recovered off the coast of Indanan town, Sulu province, a day after the wooden-hulled 71-tonne motor launch Anahada capsized.

15 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

All at sea in a waterworld

As a seasoned traveller I make it a rule to listen to local advice - the sort of advice that tells you, for example, not to eat the shellfish in Hong Kong, do not order drinks in Shenzhen bars without asking the price first, and not to carry parcels for people who befriend you in Thailand.

22 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Fate of hostages unknown after deadly shootout in Philippines

THE whereabouts of Hong Kong hostages Law Cheung-yau, 36, and So Chi-ming, 38, was uncertain last night following a gun battle between security forces and suspected kidnappers in Talipao town, Sulu province, southern Philippines.

4 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Manila detains 21 fishermen

A Hong Kong fishing boat and its 21 crew members have been detained by the Philippine Navy for poaching in the Sulu Sea.

Yesterday, the Philippine Navy was trying to identify where the crew came from and Hong Kong authorities had asked the British Embassy in Manila to assist.

16 Oct 1996 - 12:00am