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The news of the year?[edit]

Without being so redundant, let me state that on April 4, 2008, I alerted the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 40 pages Motion[1]in my case, regarding Philippine Extrajudicial Killings and Desaparecidos, which I filed[2] or simply[3], but despite 3 court pleadings, it never acted on this grave matter. It is only Mary, the Blue Madonna and the Holy Eucharist that can solve and end these kidnappings and killings. I added this: They were intercepted on Sunday in Maimbung, Sulu, Jolo, by al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants led by armed men under Albader Parad, an Abu Sayyaf leader and Gapur Jundain, former member of the Moro National Liberation Front. Chief Superintendent Joel Goltiao, police regional director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, announced that:"Pinapakain naman sila [They are being fed well], they are well and alive, hindi sila nakatali [they are not tied] and nakakalabas sila [they are able to move around] but they are being escorted." Ransom were allegedly asked, ranging from P 10 million to P 30 million (227,000 and 454,000 dollars). Drilon is the third local journalist to be kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf since 2000.inquirer.net/breakingnews, TV reporter, crew ‘alive, well’--police officialThe Drilon team was invitated by Mindanao State University Muslim academic, Professor, Octavio Dinampo, who was also missing..iht.com, Committee to Protect Journalists concerned for safety of kidnapped Filipino TV crew--Florentino floro (talk) 10:29, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Release and deadline[edit]

The militants released Angelo Valderama on June 12 after a ransom payment of 100,000 pesos (2,250 dollars). Negotiator Isnaji Alvarez stated that the abductors gave Drilon’s family until June 17 to pay 1.12 million dollars ransom, for her safe release, but a deadline for the other two hostages was unclear.Afp.google.com, Philippine kidnappers set Tuesday deadline for hostage release Xinhua, however reported that the “militants has set a deadline of Tuesday noon for a ransom of 15 million pesos (337,079 U.S. dollars), local media reported Monday.”news.xinhuanet.com, Militants set ultimatum for kidnapped Philippine journalist Isnaji earlier said “the abductors demanded 20 million pesos (US$450,000) in ransom.”canadianpress.google.com, Tuesday deadline set to ransom kidnapped Philippine journalists--Florentino floro (talk) 08:51, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

I've added more information regarding the deadline. Monzonda c",) 04:30, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

Criticism[edit]

I added this sub:ABS-CBN released on June 11, 2008 its official statementabs-cbnnews.com, ABS-CBN Official Statement, 6/11/2008 amid talks to free Ces and Paris-based media group Reporters Without Borders' criticism of the incident: "We hope that those who have abducted the journalists and their guide will hear the appeals being made on their behalf by many of the country's leading figures;Taking hostages is unacceptable. We call on all those could have any influence over the kidnappers to try to get Drilon and her colleagues released."afp.google.com, Talks to free kidnapped Philippine TV crew begin: official--Florentino floro (talk) 06:54, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Cecilia Victoria[edit]

This is her real name, and I add the critical data: Cecilia Victoria Oreña-Drilongmanews.tv/story, Abductors threatened to behead many times - cameraman

following negotiations with Philippine security and government officials. Drilon, Jimmy Encarnacion and Octavio Dinampo were picked up in Talipao, Indanan, Sulu island, by Mayor Alvarez Isnaji at about midnight. After eating noodles for 9 days, under more than 20 abductors, Gretch and Franz Oreña, Drilon's siblings, with Loren Legarda and Maria Ressa met them on June 18 in Zamboanga City La Vista del Mar Beach Resort.[1] They arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Zamboanga City around 2 p.m., for short press conference and underwent a medical checkup at the Medical City Hospital in Pasig City. Senator Loren Legarda, a negotiator, said "the refusal of ABS-CBN and the government to pay a ransom, and the deployment of troops around Indanan, prompted the release.bloomberg.com, Philippine Extremists Free TV Presenter, Two Hostages (Update2) Al Jazeera's reporter Veronica Pedrosa stated "a military offensive near the kidnappers' camp had apparently helped free the hostages."english.aljazeera.net, Philippine TV crew released</ref> Ces, a mother of 4, whose face was scarred by mosquito bites, stated that she was betrayed by someone who delivered her to the kidnappers and the Abu Sayyaf militants threatened to behead them: "We came close to losing our lives; There was some betrayal involved and that is why we were kidnapped; I thought I was so reckless. I didn't think of my family who I put through a really terrible ordeal in the past 10 days. I would like to thank everybody - words are not enough to thank those who prayed for the professor, and Jimmy and Angel and myself. I put the lives of my team in danger so it was really a very sobering experience to me.” AFP reported that ransom was paid "following talks between the Abu Sayyaf and Senator Loren Legarda, who is expected to contest the 2010 presidential election."afp.google.com, Freed Philippine broadcaster said "betrayal" led to kidnapping</ref> Canadian Press stated that "There were speculations that as much as $337,000 in ransom was paid for their release. Drilon condemned the abductors, who tied them and slapped her during the dire detention."canadianpress.google.com, Abu Sayyaf militants release kidnapped journalists in southern PhilippinesAHN, however reported that the release was made in exchange for livelihood assistance instead of a $338,000 ransom.allheadlinenews.com, Kidnappers Free Philippine TV News Crew, Prof In Exchange For Livelihood Aid Philippine National Police Chief Avelino Razon stated: "Sabi niya pasensya na General, pati ikaw ay nadamay. Sabi ko trabaho lang ito, kami talagang tutulong para sa inyong pagbalik (She told me, General I'm sorry you were dragged into this. I told her, it's no t a problem, it's our job to ensure your safe return)."philstar.com, Drilon apologizes to Razon--Florentino floro (talk) 08:10, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Arrest and investigation[edit]

Octavio Dinampo on June 20 stated that Mayor Alvarez Isnaji alias "Larin-Larin," pocketed much of the "first" ransom of P 5-million (112,500 dollars). Isnaji's lawyer, Ernesto Francisco, however, said his clients were innocent and prosecuted for political reasons: "If you examine the background of Mayor Isnaji, there is no instance in the past that he was involved in any criminal activity." Raul M. Gonzalez said "Isnaji was a highly respected politician in Jolo who plans to run for governor of the Muslim autonomous region, which includes the island, in August."khaleejtimes.com, Negotiator kept 60 percent of Philippines TV crew's ransom (AFP) Gonzalez and PNP Director General Avelino Razon Jr. affirmed that Isnaji "kept to himself P 3-million (67,568 U.S. dollars) and paid the kidnappers P 2 million (45,045 U.S. dollars) (from the Drilon family)."newsinfo.inquirer.net, TV reporter’s family paid P5M but mayor kept P3M--officials Razon, Jr. showed pictures of Isnaji, his son, Haider, and Sulu Vice-Governor Lady Ann Sahidulla gathered around the P 5-million ransom, with Senior Superintendent Willy Quidato. Meanwhile, Dinampo and Sulu provincial police director Senior Superintendent Julasirim Kasim said that guide Juamil "Mameng" Biyaw betrayed the ABS-CBN team.philstar.com, Sulu Police: Guide betrayed ABS-CBN team

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed the complaint before the Department of Justice (DoJ) on June 20 against Isnaji, his son Haider and 14 Abu Sayyaf members, for the kidnapping. Ces Drilon, Jimmy Encarnacion and Angel Valderama personally signed the complaint. The pre-trial conference was set for 1 p.m. on Monday.xinhuanet.com, Philippine abduction negotiator faces charges as kidnapperinquirer.net, CIDG files formal complaint vs Isnajis for Drilon kidnap</ref> They are currently detained at the PNP Crame headquarters.abs-cbnnews.com, 'Isnaji pocketed much of P5-M ransom' Razon, Jr. further implicated at least 3 relatives of Isnaji: "Three of the suspects are relatives of the mayor, di natin alam sino yan (At least three of the suspects are relatives of the mayor but we have not identified them by name)." Also, Razon affirmed inquiry into a supposed 2nd payoff / ranson concerning 2 duffel bags flown into Sulu via a South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) flight hours before the hostages' release.gmanews.tv/story, PNP links 3 more relatives of Isnaji to Drilon kidnapping DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno also said that Isnaji (and his son) may have masterminded the abduction: "The kidnappers themselves were double-crossed."www.gmanews.tv, Puno: Proof indicates Isnaji masterminded kidnapping--Florentino floro (talk) 08:02, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Kidnapping or abduction?[edit]

I think of it more as abduction. what do you guys think? Moogle 12 (talk) 00:52, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

  1. ^ sunstar.com.ph, Abducted journalist reunites with family