Three years of harrowing captivity ended last Dec. 6 for Swiss national Lorenzo Vinciguerra, when he managed to escape from his Abu Sayyaf captors while they were engaged in enemy fire with government forces that attacked the bandits’ base in Sulu. Exhausted, emaciated, with a gaping wound on his face, Vinciguerra was rescued by Army Scout Rangers and brought to a hospital. He is now at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City for further treatment and recuperation.
By Randy David
When the two Germans being held by an armed group in Sulu were released on Oct. 17 after six months in captivity, a Philippine military spokesman announced that the foreigners were freed because of the pressure exerted by the military and that, in keeping with government policy, no ransom was paid to the kidnappers.
By Ramon Farolan
Last week two German hostages being held by the Abu Sayyaf since April were released after full payment of a P250-million ransom demand. This according to Abu Sayyaf sources.
By Noralyn Mustafa
At no time since its foundation in the 15th century has the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo been so much in the news.
By Nash Maulana
The Sultanate of Maguindanao and the kingdom of Buayan in upper Cotabato played key roles in ending a civil war in Brunei in the 17th century that resulted in the Sulu sultanate being rewarded a huge swath of territory called Sabah.