More to Jolo than just kidnapping

The world thinks that the Tausugs (Suluks) are barbarians. There are 500,000 Tausugs and the 1,000 who are with the Abu Sayyaf give them a bad name.

HOW safe is Jolo?” I asked Dr Raden Ikbala, a 49-year-old Tausug, who leads an anti-kidnapping NGO in Jolo island, on the night before I flew to the Phi­lippines’ cross-border kidnap capital.

We were having dinner in a restaurant in Zamboanga City in mainland Mindanao and about 195km from Jolo island.

“You will have two policemen escorting you when you are in Jolo,” he said.

“Is that enough?” I said…
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