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Other kidnap victims fear higher Sayyaf ransom demand

German nationals Stefan Viktor Okonek (center) and Henrike Dielen (right) rest at  a military base in Zamboanga City early Saturday hours after their release from Abu Sayyaf captivity on Friday night. AP FILE PHOTO

The repercussion of ransom being paid to a crime group that held hostage and released two German nationals recently is being felt most by the family of a businesswoman who is still in the hands of the Germans’ captors, the Al Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf.

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino: Any ransom paid wasn’t from me

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President Aquino: No government money  AP FILE PHOTO

If ransom was paid to secure freedom for German hostages Viktor Stefan Okonek, 71, and Henrite Dielen, 55, last week, no government money was spent, President Aquino assured the public on Monday.

Posted: October 21st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Did Aquino authorize payment of ransom for release of German hostages?

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German nationals Stefan Viktor Okonek (center) and Henrike Dielen (right) rest at  a military base in Zamboanga City early Saturday hours after their release from Abu Sayyaf captivity on Friday night. AP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III on Monday insisted that no ransom—at least from his office—was paid for the release of the two Germans held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Palace insists no ransom paid for release of Germans

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German nationals Stefan Viktor Okonek (center) and Henrike Dielen (right) rest at  a military base in Zamboanga City early Saturday hours after their release from Abu Sayyaf captivity on Friday night. AP FILE PHOTO

Malacañang insisted on Sunday that no ransom was paid to secure the release of two German hostages from the Abu Sayyaf Friday night.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

No ransom was paid, Palace insists

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In this photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, kidnapped German nationals Stefan Okonek, left, and female companion Henrike Dielen, center, rest inside the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, after they were freed from the hands of the Muslim extremist group the Abu Sayyaf. Okonek and Dielen, who had been kidnapped and held for six months in the southern Philippines were released Friday by the militant group just hours after it had threatened to behead one of them if no ransom payment was made, the Philippine defense chief said. (AP Photo/Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command)

President Benigno Aquino III was quite pleased at the news that German nationals Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen had been released by their captors, but Malacañang still would not confirm reports that ransom was paid in exchange for their freedom.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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