March 10, 2003 |
Philippine prosecutors have filed murder charges against the leader of the country's biggest Muslim rebel group and 150 of his fighters over a deadly bombing at a southern airport, officials said. Acting chief prosecutor Danilo Belo of Davao City, where nearly two dozen people were killed Tuesday, said he expected the court to issue arrest warrants for Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Hashim Salamat and the others by Wednesday. The group has denied any role in the attack.
January 18, 1987
Philippine President Corazon Aquino flew to strife-torn Mindanao after a Muslim chief agreed to halt five days of fighting that killed up to 67 people. Haji Murad, the senior Moro Islamic Liberation Front official in the country, approved the temporary truce but said it was up to Hashim Salamat, the front's exiled chief, to decide how long the cease-fire will last. Aquino appealed for an end to the bloodshed over Muslim demands for self-rule.
September 10, 1986 |
The fragile truce forged last week by President Corazon Aquino and the leader of a Muslim secessionist movement appeared to be fraying Tuesday after Philippine military commanders blamed Muslim rebels for a grenade attack on a Roman Catholic church on the island of Mindanao. The attack took place early Sunday in Salvador, 550 miles south of Manila, as a Roman Catholic parish priest was reading the wedding vows to a young couple.
January 19, 1987 |
President Corazon Aquino, ignoring rumors of a coup, traveled to this Muslim rebel stronghold on the battle-scarred island of Mindanao on Sunday for a surprise meeting with the rebel commander who led a series of attacks last week that left at least 45 people dead. It was the fourth stop on a five-city weekend tour of the island to muster support for ratifying the draft constitution in a plebiscite on Feb. 2.
February 28, 2003 |
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has at least 9,000 armed fighters in the field. The communist New People's Army has 10,000 or more. The Abu Sayyaf gang numbers about 225. All three rebel groups are waging war in the southern Philippines against the central government. All three are accused of acts of terrorism. But only one has become the target of the U.S. armed forces: the diminutive Abu Sayyaf.
April 23, 1986 |
The Muslim leaders sipping coffee in the colonial-era Lantaka Hotel last weekend were reminiscing with pride and foreboding about the tens of thousands of would-be conquerors they and their ancestors have slain in the last 400 years. It was a history, they said, that may soon repeat itself, this time with the support of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi. "You know, the Americans invented (the military use of) the .