Currently in the news is the kidnapping of foreign tourists in the southern Philippines. One captive, a Canadian named John Ridsdel, was beheaded when the kidnappers failed to receive the demanded ransom. There are still 3 captives and the Philippine government is standing pat on its no-ransom policy. The kidnappers belong to the group Abu Sayyaf which is an offshoot of a rebel group that turned bandits. Now media is portraying the kidnappers are Islamic militants which projects a scarier image. If I were a foreigner, I would avoid going to the south of the country.