The insurgents are said to be linked to the CIA.
"The US military presence in the Philippines appears to be part of ... the emerging US strategy towards China..."
Philippines to charge four US soldiers...
The Philippines: America's New Launchpad for the Militarization of Southeast Asia
Sabah is in Malaysia. Palawan, Sulu and Mindanao are in the Philippines.
On 15 January 2012, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) declared the Independence of Bangsamoro Land (Sulu, Mindanao, Palawan, Sabah).
Anonymous reports that the Philippines' General Enrile once made a report that white men were training the MNLF.
Michael Meiring, a CIA operative, had ties to the MNLF - CIA Operative Meiring was hurt by one of his own bombs
US citizen Michael Meiring injured himself in an explosion in his own hotel room.
Bin Laden was flown to the southern island of Mindanao by the Philippine President Fidel Ramos, who was reportedly an asset of the CIA.
Bin Laden was apparently invited to the Philippines in order to help strengthen Abu Sayyaf and other rebel groups based in Mindanao who were fighting the Philippine government.
"The ASG was co-founded by Edwin Angeles, an undercover agent for the Defense Intelligence Group at the Departmentof National Defense, Republic of the Philippines."
"The US military does still have a presence in the Philippines, specifically for the purpose of crushing the Abu Sayyaf, which, surprising us no end (wink wink wink), they have not been able to do all this time.