Abu Sayyaf Group kidnapping crews.
Southern waters ‘not a new Somalia’
The Philippines denied yesterday that piracy in its waters bordering Indonesia and Malaysia had reached Somalian levels, after a recent spate of kidnappings of Southeast Asian sailors.
Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the situation in the southern Philippines was much more stable than in and around the African nation, where multinational military coalitions have worked together to quell rampant maritime piracy.
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