‘Military action vs Abu, no negotiations’

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) More than negotiation and reprieve, military action would be the most effective solution to the problem of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in southern Philippines, according to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s top security and peace advisers.

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales and presidential adviser on peace process Avelino Razon both rejected proposals raised by Senator Richard Gordon to give amnesty to the members of the bandit group.

“The very fundamental objective is that this organization should be wiped out, that’s definite,” Gonzales said in a phone interview.

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