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Clashes in Sulu province between Abu Sayyaf and the MNLF have resulted in the deaths of 20 MNLF fighters and 17 Abu Sayyaf militants. The fighting began in the village of Patikul when the MNLF tried to rescue a captive Jordanian hostage from Abu Sayyaf; the hostage, along with several others, including a Japanese, a Malaysian, an Australian, and European birdwatchers Ewold Horn and Lorenzo Vinciguerra, is still being held by the militants.
The Moro National Liberation Front attempted to free a Jordanian hostage being held by Abu Sayyaf in Jolo. Eight MNLF and 13 Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed in the clash; the fate of the Jordanian is not known.
Two Filipino members of a Jordanian journalist's crew held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants since June 2012 have been freed; the journalist is still in captivity. The militants had demanded a $3.1 million ransom for the three men. MNLF rebels claimed to have assisted with negotiations in order to "help the government clean up the image" of Sulu, where the kidnapping occurred.
A suspected US drone was found floating in the waters off Mastabe Island and turned over to Philippine naval authorities. The US Embassy, which is investigating the matter, said the vehicle was unarmed and not used for surveillance.
Six people were wounded in the bombing of two buses on a road near Isulan in Mindanao; there are currently no suspects. Moro Island Liberation Front insurgents have been observing a ceasefire since the signing of a preliminary peace deal in October.
Abu Sayyaf released a short video showing an Australian man kidnapped from his home in Ipil town in Zamboanga Sibugay 54 weeks ago. The captive pleads for release but says he does not trust Abu Sayyaf or the Australian government. He is thought to have been taken by Abu Sayyaf to Basilan.
Filipino military and police elements arrested suspected communist rebel leader Filemon Mendrez, also known as "Tatay" and "Edon," in Negros Oriental. Mendrez was a commander of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in Negros and had a P5.25 million ($127,294) bounty on his head. Abu Sayyaf members freed a public school teacher whom they had kidnapped near Jolo more than a month ago.
Police killed a suspected Jemaah Islamiyah bomber as he attempted to detonate explosives in a park in Davao. The bomber was from Malaysia; his wife, a Filipina, was arrested.
The military arrested Walid Amping, an Abu Sayyaf member, during a raid near Zamboanga. Amping was wanted for the kidnapping of six people in 2002; two of them were beheaded.
Radullan Sahiron, a senior Abu Sayyaf leader wanted for his alleged involvement in the 1993 kidnapping of an American in the Philippines, has been added to the FBI's updated list of most-wanted terrorists. A wife of a detained Abu Sayyaf group leader has been detained for her role in a kidnapping plot four years ago.
The government signed a preliminary peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim insurgent group. Under the plan, the 12,000-member MILF gains significant powers in a new autonomous region in Mindanao but surrenders its goal of an independent homeland.
The government reached a preliminary peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front insurgency, agreeing to establish an autonomous Muslim region by 2016 called "Bangsamoro" on the island of Mindanao. After details are hammered out, rebel forces will be gradually deactivated "beyond use." Groups such as Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Salvation Front have not agreed to the deal, however.