Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he and his Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts recently agreed to patrol a sea passageway to protect commercial vessels from piracy, kidnap and murder activities of the terrorist merger of Abu Sayyaf and ISIS groups.
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[VIDEO]: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the collaboration between Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines to curb Islamic State (IS) activities and ideology in the region, was agreed…
Abu Sayyaf-ISIS Alliance
The Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ransom network pledges allegiance to the Islamic State, better known as ISIS group, kidnaps sailors on fishing vessels and cargo barges. The latest victim includes an elderly German. They beheaded him last month after ransom demands are not met following the no-ransom policy of the government to discourage these insurgents from staging more kidnappings for money.
Kidnap for Ranson Continues
The Abu Sayyaf murdered Jurgen Kantner, 70, last February, five months after his yacht was found adrift the southern Philippines with the body of his companion, Sabine Merz. He has a gunshot. The Abu Sayyaf still hold 31 foreign and local hostages that include 6 Vietnamese seamen. They are attacked on their cargo ship off the southern Philippines last month.
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Defense Measures Against the Terrorists
Lorenzana tells the Vietnamese envoy to Manila to arm his nation’s crewmen that pass through the waters or coordinate with Philippine authorities. This is to avoid being kidnapped. The president is determined to solve the kidnapping problem. H asked China to help patrol the waters. Lorenzana submits a wish list for equipment to help fight the Abu Sayyaf like fast boats, drones, and radars.
A Shame to the World
The Defense Secretary expresses his dismay over the increasing kidnap for ransom incidents. He takes it as a big embarrassment of the country to the whole world. The Abu Sayyaf starts with the seed money from Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network. They kidnap foreigners and locals for decades now and hold them for ransom to fund their organization