Monday, March 25, 2013

Latest Price Quote on Hostages

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.
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.

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.
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?


  1. I might pay upwards of 40 bucks for your safe return...I think that's more than generous.

  2. I'm deeply touched.

    I think if you passed the hat among the rest of my family and friends, you could probably get as much as $300-$400. But maybe I'm overestimating my popularity.


    The leader of a group responsible for the kidnapping of Australian Warren Rodwell was arrested in a raid on his lair in Paranaque City, a police official said yesterday. Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said the operation that occurred on Wednesday also resulted in the arrest of two members of the group led by arrested kidnapping-for-ransom group Mamay Aburi. “We have been working so hard to get him, and our hard work paid off when we were able to locate him,” said Magalong.

    Magalong said they have all the reason to get Aburi, noting that he was tagged as the one who kidnapped Rodwell whose abduction placed the country in bad light. It was recalled that in December 2011, armed men stormed the house of Rodwell and his Filipino wife in Zamboanga and forcibly took him. He was then reportedly turned over to the Abu Sayyaf Group. Rodwell, who served the Australian Army and later became a traveler and a writer, was freed 15 months later.

    Aburi is believed to have fled from Western Mindanao to escape the police and military operatives who had been hunting him down. CIDG and intelligence units chanced upon him in Paranaque City which led to his arrest. Also arrested were two of his loyal men identified as Moin Adunggan and another one who has been serving as his driver. Seized from them were several firearms, assorted ammunitions & explosives devices.

    “There were other kidnapping cases and other criminal activities that we believe they were responsible,” said Magalong. Aside from kidnapping, the official said Aburi’s group is also in extortion racket in Zamboanga peninsula areas. (AaronRecuenco)

  4. Wilma -- thank you for this update.

  5. One only needs to Google for fairly recent radio, television, and newspaper comments and interviews by former Australian hostage Warren Rodwell. For starters, he told the Daily Mail Online, "These guys (the terrorists) had no idea what they were doing.”

    Look for the book “472 Days Captive of Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Dr. Bob East (Cambridge Scholars Publishing – United Kingdom)

    There's an interestingly candid radio interview at ...