MNLF members killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Ten members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were killed in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Patikul, Sulu, initial reports said Sunday, February 3.
The MNLF was reportedly in talks with the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG), led by its senior leader Radullan Sahiron, for the release of Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani and his Filipino crew.
Intelligence officials told Rappler the ASG released around 7 pm Saturday Atyani's crew—Ramil Vela and Buboy Letrero—near Maligay in Patikul. They were brought to the ANR Hotel in Jolo and were picked up by police shortly after 10 pm.
The two served as cameraman and audioman, respectively, when the journalist from Dubai-based Al Arabiya visited Sulu for an interview with the ASG in June 2012.
Rappler sources said the MNLF was negotiating for the release of the captives. They said the ASG asked for a P20-million ransom, though it was not clear if the amount was for the Filipinos alone. –Rappler.com