By Nikko Dizon and Cynthia D. Balana
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.
By Frances Mangosing
, Julie S. Alipala
The Abu Sayyaf group said Friday night it has released the two German captives after receiving P250 million ransom.
By Cynthia D. Balana
The local crisis management committee handling the negotiations for the release of two German captives on Thursday gave the go-signal for an all-out “law enforcement operation” against the Abu Sayyaf extremists in Sulu who are holding the hostages.
Days ahead of the deadline by the Abu Sayyaf for its German captives, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. visits Sulu to address the security situation in the island, a hotbed of Islamic militants. Video by INQUIRER.net’s Frances Mangosing
By Julie S. Alipala
Police announced Wednesday the arrest of a man who they described instrumental in the transfer of Abu Sayyaf captives from the nearby east Malaysian state of Sabah to Sulu.