Liberati i tre insegnanti rapiti in Landang Gua Island (Basilan) dagli AbuSayyaf quattro mesi fa: Freires Quizon, Janette delos Reyes and Raphael Mayonado. I tre, secondo i giornali locali, sono stati consegnati a Hajarun Jamiri, former mayor of Tuburan. Rimane tuttavia ancora sconosciuta la sorte di altri tre insegnanti, Noemi Maudi, Jocelyn Enriquez e Jocelyn Iñon rapiti in Naga, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibuguey il 13 marzo scorso.
Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Jose Romeo Lazo to the Diocese San Jose de Antique. Lazo was born in San Jose de Buenavista in Antique on January 23, 1949. He was ordained priest on April 1, 1975 and was appointed bishop of Kalibo on December 29, 2003. He will be installed as Bishop of Antique on September 1, 2009. The Diocese of San Jose de Antique was vacated by Bishop Romulo dela Cruz, who transferred to the Diocese of Kidapawan in May last year.