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Captured Malaysians brought to Philippines' Jolo
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
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
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.