9 civilians killed in Abu Sayyaf rampage in Basilan

The Philippine Navy rescued on the same day Vietnamese hostage Do Trung Huiqe, who was kept by the bandits on Mantaja Island near Maluso. Two of his fellow MV Royal 16 crew members were beheaded last July

Rappler sources said there are military operations in other municipalities.

– with reports from Bea Cupin and Richard Falcatan / Rappler.com