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A soldier takes cover amid fighting as he tries to free additional hostages in Lamitan from the Abu Sayyaf.

Laying his nets under the night sky, Brando Cervantes often gazed across the waters at the golden lights of the exclusive Dos Palmas resort. What would it be like to spend time there, a fisherman among the rich and the foreign, playing tennis, taking a jacuzzi, sipping cocktails? At 4 a.m. on May 27, Cervantes was checking his nets with helper Alvics Cabilo, 21, when over the horizon came the throbbing of huge horsepower, more powerful than anything normally found in the waters off the Philippines' rugged western Palawan province. The speedboat had no...

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