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PHILIPPINES - Islands Under Siege, June 2003


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Synopsis of "Islands Under Siege"

REPORTER'S DIARY
On the Front Lines in Mindanao

A CONFLICTED LAND
Rebellions, Wars and Insurgencies in the Philippines

FACTS & STATS
Population, Government, Economy

LINKS & RESOURCES
Muslim Rebels, U.S. Presence, Politics

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Reporter's Diary: Orlando de Guzman
On the Front Lines in Mindanao
Orlando de Guzman walking on a path near a stream


FRONTLINE/World
reporter and Southeast Asia correspondent for PRI World, Orlando de Guzman was born in the Philippines and grew up in a tribal community near the northern tip of the island of Luzon.

FRONTLINE/World sent de Guzman to the southern Philippines to report on the growing insurgency there. His journey begins in the town of Jolo, part of a chain of small islands in the southern region of Mindanao. Jolo today is 98 percent Muslim, and, as elsewhere in Mindanao, has a long history of separatist movements fighting for autonomy from the central (and mostly Roman Catholic) government in Manila. In this diary, de Guzman writes about battles as spectacle, cell-phone text messages from guerrillas and life under fire.

FIRST: Arriving in Jolo

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