Islamic militants in the lawless southern Philippines were paid US$97,750 for the release of Warren Rodwell, a negotiator said after the Australian survived 15 months in captivity before rowing to safety.It's good to find out that the going rate on old white guys is 4mil PHP. I like knowing my market value, but does anyone know if this is up or down compared to recent transactions?
Al Rashid Sakalahul, vice governor of the strife-torn island province of Basilan, said late Saturday he acted as the negotiator for Rodwell's freedom with a feared leader of an extremist group, known for beheading his victims.
An emaciated Rodwell, a former soldier, 54, was released at Pagadian, a port city on Mindanao island, Saturday, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of where he was kidnapped on December 5, 2011.
Police who picked up Rodwell quoted him as saying he was left in a boat by his captors in the waters between Basilan and Pagadian and told to row to safety.
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An Australian who had been held hostage on Basilan (just off the coast of Zamboanga) by Abu Sayyef (the local Al Quaeda franchisee) was released after a ransom of 4 million pesos was paid.