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Without ransom, Aussie would have been killed by Easter, says Basilan vice governor

‘Smiling, skeletal’ is how Australian Warren Richard Rodwell is described after 15 months in captivity.  PHOTO/WESTERN MINDANAO WESTERN COMMAND

The freed Australian kidnap victim Warren Rodwell arrived in Manila on Monday afternoon, for rest and a medical check-up, according to officials.

Posted: March 25th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

MNLF imposes news blackout on status of 3 kidnapped foreigners


For now, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is withholding any further information about the status of three kidnapped foreigners, who were earlier reported to already be in the MNLF custody.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf clashes with MNLF troops after freeing 2 Filipino captives

Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte

Kidnappers have released the two Filipino crew members of Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani, just as reports surfaced that members of the Moro National Liberation Front have clashed with Abu Sayyaf in its bid to pressure the bandit group into releasing more of their captives.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Jordanian journalist, 2 Filipinos still alive in Abu Sayyaf lair

Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani. AP

Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani and his two Filipino companions – Ramelito Vela and Rolando Letrero – remain alive at the Abu Sayyaf lair in Sulu, where they have been held since June 12, according to sources.

Posted: July 23rd, 2012 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »