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ASG frees 3 Indonesians

The Abu Sayyaf Group freed three Indonesian hostages in Sionogan, Sulu early yesterday morning, a day after the extremist group released Norwegian captive Kjartan Sekkingstad

Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Friday a halt on coal shipments to the Philippines will continue until Manila guarantees security in its waters after seven Indonesian sailors were taken hostage, the latest in a string of abductions.

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NEARLY overlooked in the avalanche of news developments related to our recent elections was the report last week that the Indonesian government had announced that it was preparing to execute several prisoners. The report again raised fears about Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, who was saved from execution last year after the Philippine government appealed to President Joko Widodo.

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