Australian kidnapped in Philippines seen on video


MANILA, Philippines — An Australian man held hostage by militants in the southern Philippines for more than a year has appeared in a video as proof that he is alive.

Warren Richard Rodwell said on the video that he is being held in isolation. He said he understands there are negotiations for his release under way but added, “I personally hold no hope at all for being released.”

He said he was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf, a notorious al-Qaida-linked group.

Philippine intelligence officials said Wednesday that they believe the video, which has been circulated on YouTube, is authentic.

Rodwell appeared thinner than in a previous video posted in January. He held a copy of a local newspaper dated Dec. 15 and said the recording was made the following day.

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  • Borogol

    …kasama rin ba to sa bangsamoro state?

    • J Mapagmahal

      Kapag walang solusyon, wag ng makisabat lol

  • drew_casta

    Negotiating for his immediate release may be the least the Philippine government can do to thank the Australian government for its generosity in helping the typhoon victims in Mindanao. Or may be, the Abus should immediately release him in gratitude to the foreigner’s home state. Either way, he must be released.

  • Andre Mitchell

    nakakahiya maging pinoy….

  • TulisangDagat

    release him…cowards….

  • Echuserang_Froglet

    grave kawawa naman tapos anong ginagawa ng govyernong abnoytard wala. walang rescue walang negosasyon. andun si abnoytard sa hacienda natutulog sa pansitan. ppppwwweeehhhh kadir eeewwwwww…

  • regd

    So, it is the governments policy not to negotiate with terrorist? Unless of course millions of US dollars are involved. Right General Dominguez (recalling Gracia Burnham episode)?

  • Edgardo Mendoza


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