2 Abu Sayyaf men held for Dos Palmas kidnappings
The Abu Sayyaf members were arrested on the southern
Regional military commander Major-General Ricardo Rainier Cruz said Jojo Imam Pai and a second suspect identified only by the military as "Aling" are to stand trial for the double murder and kidnapping of 20 tourists.
Abu Sayyaf militants raided the Dos Palmas island beach resort in the western
Most of the hostages were eventually released after ransoms were paid, but the kidnappers beheaded Sobero and brought Burnham and his fellow missionary wife Gracia Burnham to another hideout on
Martin Burnham was killed by the kidnappers and his wife wounded in a botched Philippine military rescue attempt in 2002.
In the succeeding years most of the kidnap leaders were later killed or sent to prison in a series of military operations, though the manhunt for the other suspects continues.
Founded using seed money from the Al Qaeda in the 1990s, the Abu Sayyaf is blamed for the worst terror attacks in the country.
These include a 2004 ferry bombing that killed more than 100 and a string of deadly kidnappings targeting foreigners and locals in the south.
At least five foreigners -- a Dutchman, a Swiss national, an Australian, a Malaysian trader, and a Japanese man -- are believed to still be held by the Abu Sayyaf and other outlawed groups in the south since 2010.