Philippines - Abu Sayyaf militants free TV crew



    MONTREAL, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is relieved to
learn that ABS-CBN presenter Ces Drilon and cameraman Angelo Valderama, and
their guide, Octavio Dinampo, were released shortly before midnight last night
by members of the radical group who had been holding them for a week on an
island in the southern Sulu archipelago. They were taken to the nearby city of
Zamboanga and from there to Manila Drilon said she had been shaken by the
experience but was now happy to be free and she thanked all those who helped
to obtain their release, including Senator Loren Legarda. She said her
kidnappers had tied her up and hit her. They had gone to Sulu province to
interview an Abu Sayyaf leader but had been betrayed, she added.
    National police chief Avelino Razon said: "There will be a manhunt
operation. We will not allow that the perpetrators will go unpunished. We will
run after them, file cases against them." The police have already questioned
Alvarez Isnaji, the mayor of a town near to where the hostages were held, and
his son. Both played a key role in the negotiations for their release.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4188, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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