PHILIPPINES: THOUSANDS OF MOSLEM FIGHTERS AND PHILIPPINES MILITARY UNITS STRENGTHEN CORDON AROUND ABU SAYYAF...
- Title: PHILIPPINES: THOUSANDS OF MOSLEM FIGHTERS AND PHILIPPINES MILITARY UNITS STRENGTHEN CORDON AROUND ABU SAYYAF GUERILLAS HOLDING 21 HOSTAGES
- Date: 7th May 2000
- Summary: JOLO, THE PHILIPPINES (MAY 7, 2000) (REUTERS) 1. WIDE OF JOLO CITY/ TRAFFIC (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. VARIOUS OF TROOPS ON PATROL (2 SHOTS) 0.25 3. SLV PEOPLE IN TRUCKS 0.34 4. SLV SCHOOL USED AS REFUGEE CAMP 0.39 5. WIDE OF SCHOOL COMPOUND 0.49 6. MV/CU WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN CAMP/ CLOSEUP OF CHILD REFUGEE (2 SHOTS) 1.00 7. INT INTERIOR OF CAMP, PICTURE/ WOMAN (2 SHOTS) 1.08 8. MV MORO NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (MNLF) PERSONNEL 1.16 9. MV/CU MNLF (MORO NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT) FORCES CARRYING ARMS/ CLOSEUP OF RIFLE (2 SHOTS) 1.34 10. MV MNLF PERSONNEL WAITING (2 SHOTS) 1.49 11. SLV DRIVING AWAY IN TRUCK 1.57 12. WIDE OF MUSLIMS IN SCHOOL (2 SHOTS) 2.04 13. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADMINISTRATOR OF MADRASDA, MANGONA IRIBANI SAYING: "There are Abu Sayyaf, and there are Abu Sayyaf who are religious fundamentalist. But there are other people who claim they are Abu Sayyaf, but their aim is to take advantage of the name of the Abu Sayyaf and they do kidnapping, pillaging, but after all they're not Abu Sayyaf. 2.26 14. WIDE OF FOLLOWERS IN CHURCH SINGING/ FOLLOWERS SITTING IN CHURCH (2 SHOTS) 2.41 15. SV (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) GIL BUTACION, A CATHOLIC PRIEST SAYING: "I hope the government has the political will to solve this problem. They should prove to the rebels and the kidnappers that they have the might and the power to stop them from what they're doing, not just say on the negotiating table. They should let the rebels feel that they have guts, but I know there are also many people dying. 3.19 16. BV CATHOLIC PRIEST GIVES COMMUNION 3.30 17. WIDE OF AIRPORT 3.35 18. SLV PEOPLE BOARDING THE PLANE 3.41 19. GV WIDE OF PLANE TAKING OFF, CARRYING RESIDENTS WHO WANT TO LEAVE THE ISLAND 3.54 20. CU CHILD WATCHING AS PLANE TAKES OFF 3.57 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: JOLO, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
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- Story Text: Thousands of Moslem fighters and Philippines military
units are strengthening a cordon around Abu Sayyaf guerillas
who are holding twenty one hostages seized from a Malaysian
resort two weeks ago.
Meanwhile scores of villagers have fled the clashes
between government troops and separatist rebels as the
Security on the streets of Jolo city is being
tightened as government forces strengthen their positions in
the wake of clashes with the rebels.
Fighters from Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), part
of a regional militia, have joined a 2,000-strong military
force already surrounding the rebels' hideout in Talipao,
local officials say.
The MNLF was previously the biggest Moslem separatist
group in the southern Philippines until it signed a peace deal
with Manila in 1996.The government's chief negotiator with
the hostage takers is Nur Misuari, MNLF chairman and governor
of the semi-autonomous Moslem region in the southern
As troops increase patrols, hundreds of refugees displaced
by the fighting on Jolo have been escorted to makeshift camps.
This school compound is now home to scores of refugees,
mostly women and children.
Abu Sayyaf guerrillas abducted their captives from a
Malaysian island resort off Borneo two weeks ago and took them
by boat to Jolo, some 960 km (600 miles) south of Manila.
Authorities say all of the hostages -- nine Malaysians,
three Germans, two French, two South Africans, two Finns, two
Filipinos and one Lebanese -- are alive but losing strength
after two weeks of captivity in the tropical heat.
The Philippines has come under mounting international
pressure to avoid any rescue that could endanger the hostages.
The rebels are split by factions and have not yet come up
with common demands, an official said.
In Jolo city some Muslim leaders said the kidnappers might
not be the "real" Abu Sayyaf.
"There are Abu Sayyaf, and there are Abu Sayyaf who are
religious fundamentalists.But there are other people who
claim they are Abu Sayyaf, but their aim is to take advantage
of the name of the Abu Sayyaf and they do kidnapping, and
robbery, but they are not really the Abu Sayyaf," said Mangona
Iribani, head of a local Madrassa (Islamic School).
The conflict has shattered the peace on the island and
many residents are looking to the government to end the
rebels' reign of terror.
"I hope the government has the political will to solve this
problem.They should prove to the rebels and the kidnappers
that they have the might and the power to stop them from what
they're doing, not just say on the negotiating table.They
should let the rebels feel that they have guts," said Gil
Butacion, a Catholic priest.
"But I know there are also many people dying," he
Some residents, however, are not staying to see the
conflict resolved.Many are leaving Jolo as the fighting rages
The Abu Sayyaf are fighting for an Islamic state in the
south of this largely Catholic country.The Philippine
military estimates their strength at more than 1,000.
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