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Kidnappers flee Philippine attack
iAcROSS THE NATiON
_-os Angeles Times
-MANILA, Philippines - Hundreds
cf heavily armed kidnappers holding
19 hostages, including an American
-.and two French journalists, abandoned
7:their camp yesterday and fled with
their captives into the jungles of Jolo
.-island after an all-out assault by the
,Philippine armed forces.
Defense Secretary Orlando Merca-
-wido said he believed all the hostages
,--ere alive and unharmed.
"I would like to think they will not
:1ill the hostages," he told reporters,
-;because they know their own lives
aid livelihood depend on keeping
With the government maintaining a
news blackout on the operation -
which Mercado said was intended to
free the hostages and "neutralize" the
rebel group known as Abu Sayyaf --
few details emerged. But fighting was
apparently light as the army swept
through the camp and pursued the kid-
nappers across steep jungled terrain.
The military struck the rebel camp
with aerial bombing relentlessly after
the invasion of Jolo island, 600 miles
south of Manila, began at dawn Satur-
day. Gen. Angelo Reyes, the Philip-
pines' military chief, described Abu
Sayyaf as being in "escape mode." But
the guerrillas had no place to escape to
as the Philippines tightened its naval
blockade around the 345-square-mile
"Undeniably the risk to the
hostages' lives remains very high,"
Robert Aventajado, the government's
chief hostage negotiator, said. "You're
dealing with a big military operation
and a large group of bandits under dif-
ferent leaders. What I hear from the
military is that they'll be very lucky if
they are able to save the hostages'
Aventajado said in an interview that
the chance of resuming talks to win
the hostages' release is nil and that the
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government has disbanded its negotiat-
"The military will definitely pursue
its mission to the end," he said, adding
that President Joseph Estrada wants
the kidnapping threat posed by Abu
Sayyaf permanently destroyed.
Although Aventajado has won the
freedom of 31 hostages kidnapped by
the rebels in various batches over the
past six months, most of the 19
remaining captives are what he calls
"walk-ins" - people who entered the
Abu Sayyaf lair voluntarily for differ-
Many paid the guerrillas an entrance
fee to gain access to their camp.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The
Federal Communications Commission
has written TV executives quizzing
them on their handling of a controver-
sial Republican National Committee
commercial that Democrats say
included a subliminal message.
The letter, sent Friday, asked a series
of questions about how the ad was
handled, including whether station
executives knew the word "rats"
flashed on the screen for a split-sec-
For those who knew, the FCC asks
"to explain the facts and circumstances
of your decision to broadcast the
The letter went to 217 television sta-
tions which may have aired the ad,
FCC spokeswoman Linda Paris said.
The ad takes on Al Gore's plan to
add prescription drugs to Medicare.
After it aired for two weeks, the Gore
campaign spread word that the word
"rats" flashed briefly. Democrats and
some outside experts speculated that
the GOP was trying to send a negative
message; Republicans say the barely
detectable flash was meant to make the
ad more visually interesting.
A pair of Democratic senators com-
plained that ad amounted to subliminal
advertising, which the FCC bans, and
the FCC is now reviewing the matter.
The FCC has no power over the cam-
paigns but does regulate TV stations.
The letter reminds television station
executives that subliminal advertising
is banned, but carefully notes that "the
commission has made no determina-
tion in this matter."
Study eyes gap in
LOS ANGELES - As the Los
Angeles City Council deliberates over
reforming the police department, a
new study to be released today shows
huge disparities in the cost of miscon-
duct cases involving male and female
Male police officers, who make up
the vast majority of the Los Angeles
Police Department, cost the city
S63.4 million from 1990 to 1999 in
payouts for lawsuits involving exces-
sive force, sexual assault and domes-
During the same period, women
accounted for S2.8 million in exces-
sive force lawsuits, and not one
woman was named as a defendant in a
sexual assault or domestic violence
The study, conducted by the Femi-
nist Majority Foundation and the
National Center for Women & Polic-
ing, examined lawsuit settlements and
judgments of more than S 100,000
paid out by the city during those
The study was conductedoin
response to the unfolding Rampart
Division corruption scandal, in which
officers in an anti-gang unit were
found to have, among other things,
shot suspects, perjured themselves
and planted evidence.
Army urges release
of gay politician
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- Army
officials yesterday recommended an
honorable discharge for Reserve Lt.
Steve May, an openly gay Arizona
The Army said May violated its
"don't ask, don't tell" policy b
acknowledging his sexuality during
Officials wouldn't disclose why a
panel of three Army colonels recom-
mended an honorable discharge after
the Army had pursued a less-than-
honorable, general discharge.
Honorable discharges are typical
for soldiers forced to leave the mili-
tary because of sexual orientation.
Gordon hits Florida with 60 mph winds
CEDAR KEY, Florida - Tropical Storm Gordon plowed into Florida's Gulf
Coast yesterday with winds just below hurricane strength, drenching rain and a
storm surge with waves over 6 feet high.
Michael Loehr, operations chief for the State Emergency Operations Center
said yesterday there was some flooding in southwest Florida, but no serious
injuries had been reported.
"We've already gotten calls from Charlotte County saying they've got hous
on the coast where you open the front door the water's coming in, you open t
back door water's going out," he said.
Wind gusts of 60 mph were reported in this rustic fishing town about X00
miles north of Tampa as the storm approached.
About 200 Florida National Guardsmen were deployed to help in flooded
areas, and schools and roads were closed in several coastal cities.
"We're seeing now waves of up to and beyond 6 feet, and the water is continu-
ing to rise and coming over the road at the docks area," Cedar Key Mayor Heath
Davis said as the storm came ashore.
The storm knocked out electricity to much of the city and pounded the island
directly in the path with heavy rain. A voluntary evacuation had been recom-
mended, but many of town's 800 residents were staying put. Most had weather*
hurricanes before, Davis said.
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exits, plans election
of the May presidential runoff after
charging that Fujimori planned to rig
the results, said from Washington that
ie was returning to Peru on yesterday
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LIMA, Peru - President Alberto to help to create "a government of
Fujimori, dragged down by a bribery national unity."
scandal involving his feared intelli- He praised Fujimori's decision
gence chief, met with his Cabinet yes- give up power and pave the way for a
terday to pave the way for new peaceful transition to a new govern-
elections and plan his exit from ment.
power, as Peruvians took to the streets
and flooded radio stations to voice Researchers develop
their joy or sorrow.
Health Minister Alejandro Aguina- vaccine for herpes
ga said yesterday that the new elec-
tions Fujimori announced hours earlier TORONTO -- For the first tirpe,
would probably be held in six to seven researchers have come up with a va@
months. Speaking with reporters after cine that protects against genital herpes.
the Cabinet meeting, Aguinaga said But it only works on women and
Fujimori's ministers backed his deci- only if they've never had cold sores"
sion to call a new presidential vote in This isn't the result they'd expected,
which he would not be a candidate. For one thing, there's never been a vac-
Some opposition leaders called yes- cine before that works in one sex but
terday for Fujimori to step down nottheother.
immediately and allow for a transition Experts say it could spell trouble for
government. Fujimori didn't say research into other vaccines for sexual-
whether or not he would remain in ly transmitted diseases-like AIDS.
power until the elections are held.
Alejandro Toledo, who pulled out - Compiled from Daily wire repol*
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