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By Mind Broker

13/9/2000 7:34 pm Wed


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Captured Malaysians brought to Philippines' Jolo

JOLO, Philippines, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Three men kidnapped from a Malaysian diving resort have been brought to the southern Philippine island of Jolo, the hideout of bandit gangs and the Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebels, police said on Tuesday.

Colonel Candido Casimiro, the police chief on Jolo, told reporters the three kidnapped men and their abductors landed on Jolo on Monday afternoon, and were taken to an area near Talipao town.

"We are now preparing safe measures on how to retrieve the hostages peacefully," Casimiro said.

The three Malaysian men were kidnapped from the resort island of Pandanan on Sunday evening. Pandanan is near Sipadan, another resort island from where the Abu Sayyaf kidnapped 21 people in April and brought them to Jolo.

All but one of them, a Filipino resort worker, have been released and local officials say the rebels have received millions of dollars in ransom.



WIRE:09/11/2000 22:59:00 ET
UPDATE 1-Kidnapped Malaysians brought to Philippines' Jolo

JOLO, Philippines, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Muslim rebels have brought three men kidnapped in Malaysia to their Philippine hideout, outrunning navy patrols with a speedboat purchased with ransom received for previous hostages, officials said on Tuesday.

The kidnap was almost an exact replica of the April 23 kidnap of 21 people, including 10 tourists, from the nearby Sipadan resort in Malaysia. Twenty of those victims have been freed, the last four on Saturday. Another faction of the rebels holding an American hostage reiterated threats to behead him and set the government a deadline of 4 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Tuesday to begin negotiations for his release.

The Abu Sayyaf rebels profess to be fighting for an independent Muslim state in the impoverished south of the Philippines but their main activity appears to be kidnap for ransom. They have been emboldened by government promises not to use force to rescue dozens of hostages kidnapped earlier this year and, according to local officials, have received millions of dollars in ransom for those released.

But pressure on the Philippine government to act is becoming intense. The kidnappings are a deep embarrassment for the government and have added to other negative factors clouding the investment outlook in the country. "Maybe it"s time that we look at the Abu Sayyaf as the kind of people they are," chief government spokesman Ricardo Puno said. "Those who are saying they should have been attacked and all that, I think one of these days that theory will be tested."

Colonel Candido Casimiro, the police chief on southern Jolo island, told reporters the three Malaysians abducted on Sunday from the Pandanan resort off Borneo were brought to Jolo on Monday. Pandanan is close to Sipadan Island resort, the scene of the first kidnap. Casimiro said some 200 armed Abu Sayyaf cadres were waiting for the kidnappers when they landed on a deserted beach on Jolo, 960 km (600 miles) south of Manila. The victims were quickly taken to the hideout of rebel chieftan Galib Andang, also known as Commander Robot.


One of the hostages, dive master Joe Joseph Onkinah, 40, is the brother-in-law of Baln Krishnan Nair, who was among 21 hostages taken from Sipadan, Malaysia"s The New Straits Times said.

Philippine navy patrols tried to block the rebels from landing on Jolo, but could not catch up with the powerful speedboat they were using. Casimiro said the twin-engined 50-seater boat, with two outboard engines of 750 horsepower each, was much faster than the Philippines" aging navy patrol craft. The rebels bought the boat for 1.7 million pesos ($37,700) from a local businessman in July shortly after they received ransom payments for the first of the Sipadan hostages they released, local newspapers have said.

They have also bought an arsenal of automatic assault rifles, bazookas and mortars, and have recruited several thousand more men with the promise of easy money, local officials have said.

"We have said before that paying ransom ultimately comes back to bite you...the more you pay ransom the more you pay kidnapping," Philippine Executive Secretary Ronaldo Zamora said. "I hope this is not the case in this particular situation." Local officials have said the rebels have received about $1 million for each of the Caucasian hostages they have freed and about 15 million pesos ($333,000) for each of nine Malaysians previously kidnapped.

Two Filipinos were also abducted from Sipadan and one of them is still in custody. The rebels have also kidnapped several journalists covering the crisis on Jolo and released all except two members of a French television crew. Ransoms have also been received for these victims.

On August 28, another faction of the rebels kidnapped a 24-year-old American whose wife is a relative of a guerrilla leader. Rebel spokesman Abu Sabaya told a local radio station on Tuesday that Jeffrey Schilling would be beheaded if the government did not negotiate for his release. "We are losing our patience," Sabaya said, adding that the deadline expired at 4 p.m. U.S. officials have refused to meet rebel demands that they free three Islamic fundamentalists held for the 1993 bombing of New York"s World Trade Center.

They have also refused to contemplate paying ransom, after some officials said the rebels were demanding $10 million for Schilling. Philippine officials have said they have not received any requests from Washington to avoid using force to free Schilling. European and South African governments, whose nationals were among the earlier hostages, had pleaded with Manila to negotiate with the rebels and not use the military.