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The kidnappers in Sulu are at it again. They are the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Guerillas-turned kidnap-for-ransom syndicates who had ran short of preys they are now victimizing Muslim community health workers who can hardly even pay for their fares. In short they have simply become a hungry pack of wolves. This demonstrates the wickedness of these criminal syndicates and their senseless ideology and more significantly their running short of funds. But they have caused untold miseries to the peace-loving peoples that inhabit the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi. For as long as they have an avenue to pounce on their next victim, these starving elements will not stop at anything in order to survive.

Let’s face it. While they have succeeded in carrying out their some of their crime recent development showed a significant gains in neutralizing most of them. Their leaders are eliminated one after the other and most of their hideouts and camps had been overran by government peacekeeping force. The success of the military and police  operations against these terror groups and bandits had been attributed to the cooperation of civilians.  

Simply said the inhabitants in these pristine island provinces have gone out of patience and are left with no other option but to side with the government. The international terrorist ring have stopped sending aids to the ASG and other Al Qaeda terrorist clones. Their home bases are undergoing a phenomenal civil unrests targeting leaders who have sponsored terrorists agenda which ironically have victimized mostly innocent Muslim civilians rather than their targets. In Sulu and Basilan for example, while they target kidnap-for-ransom prospects the community suffers as business which could have  provided opportunities to Muslim Filipinos are scared to gamble with their money in such hostile environment.        

But there is now a great awakening that swift the Moro land. It is not only in feeding valuable information that are needed in the campaign against terrorist and kidnapping syndicates, there is now a loud cry demanding that a peace pact be concluded between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front so that they can have a fresh start. For groups like Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf terrorist groups their arena of operations and hiding places have become narrower and  scarcer. Soon there is nowhere to hide. 
Soon, Sulu, Basilan and Tawi Tawi shall become paradise they were once before.


By Menardo Wenceslao

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