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Five slain, five detained in Philippines fightback against kidnappers

Four suspected kidnappers and a policeman were killed and five other people were arrested as the Philippines government fought back against a rising wave of abductions, officials said. President Gloria Arroyo said police tailed the mastermind of the abduction and slaying earlier this week of Coca-Cola Export Corp. finance manager Betty Sy to a hideout near the town of Dinalupihan north of Manila. The gang lobbed a grenade at police raiders, killing an officer and wounding four other lawmen, said local military commander Lieutenant Colonel Domingo Tutaan. An hour-long firefight followed, killing four gang members including their leader Roberto Yap. Two other suspects were later arrested, including a wounded woman, Tutaan said in a written report. Arroyo announced the clash in a nationally televised address to advertising executives in the northern city of Baguio. Full Story

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