UN finds 600 child soldiers in Philippines

MANILA, April 8, 2011 (AFP) – The UN said Friday it had so far registered 600 child soldiers, some as young as eight, fighting for armed groups in the Philippines and expected the final number to be in the thousands. The country’s main Muslim rebel group, communist...

Philippines says Muslim peace talks on

MANILA, February 7, 2011 (AFP) – The Philippines said Monday talks aimed at ending a decades-old Muslim insurgency would go ahead as planned this week despite worries over a break-away rebel faction. Chief peace negotiator Marvic Leonen said his panel was set to depart for...

Philippines links Muslim militants to bus carnage

MANILA, January 26, 2011 (AFP) – Muslim militants from the remote southern Philippines may have been behind a bus bomb attack in the nation’s financial hub that killed five people, authorities said on Wednesday. A mortar bomb triggered by a mobile phone caused...

Philippines detains Islamist militant blamed for kidnaps

ZAMBOANGA, December 21, 2010 (AFP) – Philippine security forces said Tuesday they had detained a suspected Islamist militant accused of taking part in kidnappings in the country’s troubled south. Abu Isaac, an alleged member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group,...