A recent Philippine military report says al Qaida-linked Muslim militants in the country have stepped-up recruiting efforts and signed on some 100 recent Muslim converts since July.
The report says the Abu Sayyaf terror group has joined forces with the Rajah Solaiman Movement, a group of Filipino Christians who have converted to Islam.
Military officials say Abu Sayyaf has promised the recent converts up to $530 each to conduct sabotage operations in Zamboanga city on the southern island of Mindanao.
Philippine security forces, assisted by U.S. intelligence, have been battling Muslim insurgents in Mindanao and other southern islands.
Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for a series of kidnappings and other deadly attacks, including a ferry bombing last year that killed more than 100 people.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.