Abu Sayyaf is much feared for its banditry, piracy and kidnap-for-ransom business Online Cigarettes Store USA , with targets that include Europeans and seamen from Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. Some hostages were held for years and beheaded when ransom was not paid, among them a German and two Canadians.
The Philippines does not disclose when demands for their release are met.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has poured more troops into the region to try to wipe out Abu Sayyaf. The group remains influential among local clans and a formidable opponent, with a small and well-equipped network that operates in the jungles of Basilan and Jolo islands.
On Saturday, the army said it had killed a man it believed to be central to the group's planning Newport Cigarettes Shop of suicide bombings and its coordination with Islamic State. Colombia said Monday it is expelling 59 Venezuelans for taking part in street protests, as conservative President Ivan Duque gathered with business and labor leaders in a bid to quell violent anti-government protests.
Demonstrators planned another big march on Monday despite Duque's launch of a national dialogue on Sunday to address corruption, economic inequality and other woes.
The Venezuelans have been classified as a threat to public order and national security, the Cheap Newport 100s cigarettes government’s migration agency said.
Since last Thursday Colombia has been hit by unprecedented mass protests against the unpopular Duque, thus joining a wave of grassroots anger that, for different reasons, has swept through Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia.
Colombians want Duque to fight harder against corruption, improve public education and provide for more equitable economic growth.
They are also concerned about management of a 2016 peace deal with leftist FARC rebels, which is unpopular with many Colombians.