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Police chief abducted by Muslim rebels in Philippines is freed
CNN ^ | 09/18/2013 | Kathy Quiano

Posted on 09/17/2013 11:20:27 PM PDT by TexGrill

(CNN) -- The police chief of a city in the southern Philippines was briefly held captive Tuesday by Muslim rebels who have been fighting security forces for the past several days.

Senior Superintendent Jose Chiquito Malayo was negotiating with the rebels for the release of more civilians Tuesday morning "when he was himself abducted at gunpoint and held hostage by the rebel group," the Philippine National Police said.

His capture took place in a coastal area of mangroves near Zamboanga City, a major trading hub that has been paralyzed for more than a week after the rebels took large numbers of people hostage.

Malayo re-emerged later Tuesday, bringing with him 23 suspected rebels who had surrendered, officials said.

That drama came on the same day that authorities announced significant progress against the rebels. Officials said that about 150 hostages had been rescued.

Reporter: Not sure if my home is standing Helicopters fire rockets at Muslim rebels in siege

It was unclear how many people remained captive.

Since Friday, the Philippine armed forces have been carrying out an operation to try to "constrict" the rebels, who came ashore early last week and took as many as 180 hostages in several coastal districts. Military attack helicopters fired rockets at rebel positions Monday.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Military/Veterans; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: philippineseconomy
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1 posted on 09/17/2013 11:20:27 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill
The Philippines had better get really hard nosed with these Muslims if they expect to survive.
2 posted on 09/17/2013 11:33:10 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Navy Patriot

Yep, giving them free reign on Mindanao and stuff doesn’t work at all

3 posted on 09/17/2013 11:35:10 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

They don’t have free reign.
Most of Mindanao is Christian.

4 posted on 09/17/2013 11:41:06 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: TexGrill

Look at the big picture. China is probably instigating this behind the scenes.

5 posted on 09/18/2013 1:21:50 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Williams

The Moslems in Mindanao have been active for over a century. It’s possible that Beijing may assist the Moslems there while fighting their own Moslems in western China.

6 posted on 09/18/2013 8:11:38 AM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax

Exactly. I’m not saying they are a Chinese invention, I’m speculating that behind the scenes China is giving them money and support to distract and destabilize the Philippines.

7 posted on 09/18/2013 10:47:08 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Williams

They’re clever, those inscrutable Chinese.

8 posted on 09/18/2013 11:20:39 AM PDT by Ax
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