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    (Update 2) ABS-CBN journalists, guide freed

    Senator Loren Legarda confirmed Wednesday the release of ABS-CBN senior correspondent Ces Drilon, cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion and their guide Prof. Octavio Dinampo late Tuesday night.

    "I just talked with Ces now. Ces is free, she is resting, and she will soon be in the hands of her family," said Legarda, a former ABS-CBN broadcast journalist, told radio station DZMM.

    Legarda said Drilon and her companions had to walk five hours before they were picked up by authorities and brought to the house of Indanan Mayor Alvarez Isnaji.
    She said the military operations conducted by the Philippine military helped put pressure on the kidnappers to release their captives.
    On Sunday, the military shelled rebel positions on Jolo but denied that the operation had anything to do with the kidnapping.

    Legarda said Drilon kept promising to give P15 million or P20 million to the kidnappers, but when they "realized they wouldn't get anything and when they felt the [military] pressure," they decided to release their captives.
    Legarda said Drilon thought she would die in captivity and asked to help get her released. "You are my lifeline," she quoted Drilon as having told her.
    Legarda said she coordinated her effort in securing Drilon's release with ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs executives Maria Ressa and Chari Villa.
    She said she did not promise the young kidnappers anything, but she told them she knew their parents.

    DZMM Correspondent Noel Alamar reported that the turn over was done around 11 pm in Barangay Kagay, Talipao.
    They were held for nine days by an armed group believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits in the hinterlands of Sulu island.
    "Nandoon po sila sa sa bahay ni [Indanan] Mayor [Alvarez] Isnaji," Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Avelino Razon Jr. said in an earlier interview over DZMM.
    "Sila ay dadalhin dito sa Zamboanga [City] kung saan po ay mag-uundergo sila ng medical check up at pagkatapos po niyan ay isang debriefing para malaman po natin sa kanila directly kung anong nangyari," he added.
    There were reports that the armed group kept the captives in the bandits’ lairs in Maimbung and Indanan towns.

    The kidnappers initially released ABS-CBN assistant cameraman Angelo Valderama on June 12. He was released by to Jun Isnaji, son of Mayor Isnaji.
    Mayor Isnaji, a Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader whom the kidnappers agreed to be an emissary, said the kidnappers contacted him through their mobile phones. The negotiating team was led by Sulu Governor Sakur Tan and Vice-Governor Hadja Nur Ana Sahidullah.
    When asked if they are going to pursue the kidnap group, Razon said they will have to get more information from the former captives to get a better idea on the identities of the suspects.
    "Atin pong titignan po matapos nating madebrief sina Ces Drilon, Jimmy Encarnacion at Prof. Dimampo para lalong pagtibayin ang ebidensya na hawak sa grupong ito," he said.
    He added that the PNP will maintain it heightened alert on the area until such time the alert is no longer needed.
    "Magpapatuloy po muna… at iyan ay ating a-assessin po kung kelangang manatiling ganun," he said.
    Razon said the three will be brought to the Jolo provincial hospital for a medical check-up before flying to Zamboanga City for a debriefing. -- with reports from Noel Alamar, DZMM; Reuters


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    Among the kidnap victims, wala kayang nakarinig sa mga pag-uusap ng mga kidnappers? Hindi kaya nila narinig ang mga kidnappers nag-usap sa natural nilang dialect, at hindi nila narinig na ang pag-uusap ng mga kidnappers ay sa linguaheng "waray"?

    Isa sa mga serious accusation ni Trillanes laban sa mga heads ng military organization ay ang mga nangyari noon sa Dos Palmas kidnapping. Sinubaybayan ni Trillanes ang mga pangyayari noon, at he came to the conclusion that some military heads have control and supervision of those kidnappers posing themselves as "abusayaf".

    How sure are we now that the kidnappers of Ces Drilon and company were not under the control and supervision of some heads in the military? The bombardment continues against Lopez owned or controlled corporations.

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