Posted by: JWP | 11/17/2009

Ransom up for abducted factory workers

Sun Star 11/18/09

ISABELA CITY, Basilan — Kidnappers of three factory workers abducted in this province last week are demanding P6 million to P10  million (about US$213Th @ XE.COM) ransom in exchange for the hostages’ release.

George Tan, owner of Hi-Tech Plywood Factory in Maluso town, bared the ransom demand Monday afternoon after attending the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) meeting at the Provincial Capitol. more

Basilan politicians linked to kidnaps

Zamboanga Times 11/17/09

Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan Mayor Joel Maturan has accused some politicians in Basilan of having been involved in some kidnapping cases in the province.

In a press conference last Saturday, Maturan, who publicly announced his candidacy for governor in Basilan, likewise criticized most of the incumbent leaders of allegedly maintaining criminals and “private armies to protect their bad doings.” more

GRP, MILF meet with int’l contact group ‘candidates’ in KL 11/18/2009

Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiators have met with prospective members of the International Contact Group in Malaysia, the rebel group said Tuesday night.

The MILF said Malaysian facilitator Datuk Othman Bin Abdul Razak convened the initial meeting of both sides’ peace panels and prospective ICG members at Golden Horse Hotel in Kuala Lumpur last Monday.

Following the initial meeting, government and the MILF plan to invite the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia to the ICG.

Present in the meeting were peace panel chairmen Rafael Seguis (government) and Mohagher Iqbal (MILF), and ambassadors to the Philippines Stephen Lillie (United Kingdom) and Makoto Katsura (Japan).

Likewise at the meeting were country representatives Dr. David Gorman (Center for Human Dialogue), and Dr. Steven Rood (The Asia Foundation). more

1,000 troops deployed to hunt Sinnott abductors

By Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) Updated 11/14/09

The military has deployed almost a thousand of its troops to pursue the group behind the abduction of Irish priest Michael Sinnott last month.

Col. Benito de Leon, commander of the Army’s 104th Brigade based in Iligan City, said he has dedicated a battalion, composed of around 500 officers and men, to support the operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

De Leon said his brigade’s deployment has “corresponding force” from the Marawi City-based 103rd Brigade.

The troops have been zeroing in on the boundaries of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur since Monday, or five days after the 79-year-old Sinnott was freed by his abductors.  more

All they have to do is ask the MILF who the kidnappers are…..Why discuss peace if they can’t cough out.  Playing politics with people’s lives like usual…

Lakas seeks intervention of Arroyo in Sulu squabble

Zamboangatimes 11/15/09

COTABATO CITY — The regional chapter of the Lakas-Kampi-Christian, Muslim Democrats in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has asked President Arroyo to personally initiate the selection of an official candidate for Sulu governor to avert possible bloodshed between two powerful groups squabbling for the post. more

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