Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ces Drilon Is Paying For Coddling of Terrorists by Dureza, Dolorfino and Garcia

Update: A related post from last year is: How Father Bossi and the Religious Superiors Have Immorally Set Up the NEXT Kidnapping

Most people became aware of a terrorist leader named ALBADER PARAD early in 2007 in connection with the kidnapping by his group of Fr. Giancarlo Bossi, a missionary who was most probably ransomed by the Roman Catholic Church from their clutches with the help of Philippine peace processors Jess Dureza and his sidekicks Gen. Rodolfo Garcia and Gen. Ben Muhammad Dolorfino. Indeed, even the latter was "detained" by Moro terrorists last year but was released after the government foolishly agreed to pay 500,000 pesos each for him and his companions' "boarding fee" at "the Panamao Hilton". These three geniuses should also be held responsible for stopping the service of arrest warrants issued by a Basilan court against their "partners in the peace process" in the MILF following the ambush and beheading of fourteen Marines last year. They wanted to do an "independent investigation" you see, to "find out who did the beheadings." (as Gen. Rodolfo Garcia has been intoning for eighteen months in a replay of his interview with Tony Velasquez explaining the halting of the arrest warrants, on the very same ABSCBN ANC tv channel where Ces works!)

I certainly hope that CES DRILON, a senior correspondent of ABSCBN News, and her two camera crewmen, are released unharmed by the Abu Sayyaf terrorists led by Albader Parad, who have reportedly kidnapped her. The Mass Media are acting most uncharacteristically as they heeded the request of the country's leading television network to maintain a news blackout throughout Monday this week, consideration the Media NEVER gives to "ordinary" victims of the terrorists. The most comprehensive article on the incident that I've found is from the Manila Standard Today:

ABU Sayyaf bandits have kidnapped ABS-CBN reporter Ces Drilon and her two assistants in Sulu, demanding P20 million for their freedom.

A military intelligence report said Drilon and two colleagues, cameraman Jimmyfred Encarnacion and a driver, were taken to an area near Mt. Tumatangis in Indanan, Sulu.

Drilon’s team arrived in Jolo, Sulu, from Zamboanga City on Saturday and stayed at the SSC Hostel. They were supposed to interview the one-armed Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron.

Sahiron, who carries a $200,000 bounty from the US government, planned the 2004 bombing in Jolo that killed 11 Filipino civilians and an American serviceman and wounded more than 200 others.

Known as Commander Putol because of his amputated right arm, Sahiron is also considered one of the masterminds of the April 2000 kidnapping of 21 foreign tourists in Sipadan.

At 8 a.m. Sunday, Drilon’s team met with Octavio Dinampo, a professor at the Mindanao State University-Sulu, who is affiliated with the Moro National Liberation Front.

Bandits led by Albader Parad and Gapul Jumdail blocked the yellow Tamaraw jeep that Drilon and her team were riding in Kulasi village in Maimbung, Sulu.

Chief Supt. Joel Goltiao, police chief of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said they were surprised to learn that Drilon was in the area.

He said Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan would head any negotiations with Drilon’s captors.

Intelligence reports put the ransom sought at P20 million, but Goltiao said the bandits had made no demands as of 5 p.m.

He said Drilon arrived Saturday via SEAIR “to cover a special event” on Dinampo’s invitation.

“The following day, Sunday, they were sent a text by Dinampo from the Sulu State University hostel where he is staying. Along the way, they were flagged down by Parad’s group,” Goltiao said.

The police chief said the group that took Drilon was the same one that held Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino for a few days in Sulu before releasing him in February.

Sources in Camp Aguinaldo said the Armed Forces had offered Drilon two Marine colonels to serve as security, but she declined the offer.

Presidential Adviser on Sulu Affairs Amilbabar Amilasan confirmed that Drilon and her crew were missing, but Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Edgar Arevalo could not say if she had indeed been kidnapped.

A high-ranking official from the Western Mindanao Command declined to give details on the abduction, citing a request from ABS-CBN for a news blackout for the safety of Drilon and her two colleagues.

Drilon has covered skirmishes between the Muslim separatists and government troops before. She also covered the release of Italian priest Giancarlo Bossi by the Abu Sayyaf last year.

Drilon’s group was the second from the TV network to be kidnapped in Sulu. In July 2000, reporter Maan Macapagal and her cameraman Val Cuenca were also kidnapped.

Freelance journalist Arlyn dela Cruz was similarly kidnapped in Sulu while covering the Abu Sayyaf in April 2002. Florante S. Solmerin, Rene Alviar, Joyce Pangco Pañares, Jaime Pilapil

Two names standout here, Radulan Sahiron (the one-armed horseman, Kumander Putol) and Albader Parad. The worst thing of course that ABSCBN can now do is actually pay that 20 million peso ransom demand, though we must sympathize entirely with Ces and crew and their families. But when will we ever learn?

I am sure General Dolorfino is again champing at the bit to be the bagman who will deliver their next shot of terrorist capital.


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EQ said...

Journalists in dangerous situations must constantly re-evaluate risks and know when to back down.

As Terry Anderson, CPJ honorary co-chairman and former Associated Press Beirut bureau chief, who was held hostage for nearly seven years in Lebanon, has said: "Always, constantly, constantly, every minute, weigh the benefits against the risks. And as soon as you come to the point where you feel uncomfortable with that equation, get out, go, leave it. It's not worth it. There is no story worth getting killed for."

Let's pray for the safety and immediate release of Ces Drilon and her companions.

Ben Vallejo said...

This may sound far fetched but really possible. The Abu Sayyafs may have listened to the Lopezes versus GSIS battle and decided that the Lopezes have money to ransom away.

BTW, here at UP, the running joke is that it should have been Korina that was kidnapped.

Then we will see if Mar can really be President! :)

Another running joke: What would Jessica Soho do if she were kidnapped?

Fresh Pair PH said...

Well, this could be the biggest joke so far:

"Driver claims military agent, not Abus seized Drilon team"

The joke's on the authorities? On us?

Here's the link.