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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 »

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 »

Aquino happy Germans released; Palace won’t confirm payment of ransom

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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 was happy to receive the news that German nationals Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrite Dielen have been released by their captors but Malacañang Saturday said it could not confirm reports that ransom was paid in exchange for their freedom—and their lives.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Germans freed by Abu Sayyaf arrive in Manila

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German hostages Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrite Dieter

The two Germans freed by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu on Friday evening arrived in Manila, the military said on Saturday.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

2 German captives freed in Sulu

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German hostages Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrite Dieter

The Abu Sayyaf group said Friday night it has released the two German captives after receiving P250 million ransom.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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