Posted by: JWP | 11/01/2009

RP abductors ask $2M for release of Irish priest

Video shows abducted priest alive and stable Irish times 11/2/09

GMANEWS.TV 10/31/2009 | 08:20 PM

The Philippine military has obtained a copy of a video showing 79-year-old Irish priest Michael Sinnott saying that his captors are demanding $2 million in exchange for his freedom.

Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner, Armed Forces public affairs office chief, however, could not say when the footage was taken or how the military intelligence got hold of the video.

“According to him (Sinnott), the leader of the group that is holding him is Abu Jandal,” said Brawner, adding that the priest appeared weak on the video. He said the intelligence community was checking on the background of Abu Jandal. more

DILG to relay GMA inputs on Sinnott kidnapping here

Moro rebel killed, 3 soldiers wounded in Sulu clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / October 31, 2009) – Security forces clashed Saturday with Moro rebels in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, killing one gunman, but three soldiers were also wounded in the fighting, officials said.

Marine Major General Benjamin Dolorfino, commander of military forces in Mindanao, said the fighting erupted at around 6:45 a.m. on a village in Panamao town. He said soldiers were tracking down rebels when they clashed with gunmen under Moro National Liberation Front leader Habier Malik. more

MNLF commander killed, peace pact collapse referring to above story from luwaran.com A Moro website

Muslim cleric, wife, son killed in explosion

COTABATO CITY — A bomb exploded Tuesday night inside the house of a Muslim cleric, killing him and two other family members in President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat, a belated police report said.

Injured were the preacher’s two children Garitem and Morhan, who remained in the intensive care unit in a hospital in Tacurong City.  more

 

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