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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 »

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 »

‘Rescue’ operations OKd to save Germans

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German hostages Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrite Dieter

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.

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

[VIDEO] AFP chief visits Sulu ahead of Abu Sayyaf deadline for German captives

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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

Posted: October 13th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Suspect in Abu Sayyaf kidnappings in Sabah nabbed in Tawi-Tawi

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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.

Posted: August 27th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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