Before Duterte’s visit to Sulu, Abu Sayyaf takes 5 new hostages

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen defied warnings of President Duterte in seizing five construction workers and demanding P1 million for each in ransom in Jolo, Sulu.

The abduction of a new batch of hostages took place barely hours before the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to the military camp in Jolo. Duterte has a standing order to the military to crush the Abu Sayyaf group.

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