Posted by: JWP | 12/21/2009

Basilan school executive’s kidnappers lower ransom

By Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star) Updated December 22, 2009 12:00 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY , Philippines  – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits have reduced their ransom demand from P20 million to P3.5 million for the release of an executive of the Basilan State College, a provincial official said yesterday.

The Abu Sayyaf has also lifted up its ultimatum imposed last Friday on the life of Dr. Orlando Fajardo, vice president for academic affairs of the Basilan State College, following the intervention of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), Basilan Vice Gov. Al-Rasheed Sakalahul said.

Sakalahul has remained in Al-Barka town to personally oversee the possible early release of Fajardo.

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