PPCRV Tawi Tawi thankful on release of Dinampo, journalists


DAVAO CITY, June 18, 2008–The deputy coordinator of Basilan–Sulu-Tawi-tawi (BASUTA)-Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) expressed gratitude after the release of Prof. Octavio Dinampo, ABS-CBN senior correspondent Ces Drilon and cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion late Tuesday night.

Boy Avendaño, deputy coordinator who is based in Tawi-tawi said the release of the captives is a gesture of kindness but he added that any act of kidnapping for whatever reason should not be tolerated.

Dinampo also works as volunteer of PPCRV in Jolo, Sulu.

Avendaño in a telephone interview early dawn, Wednesday also thanked the bishops, priests, religious and lay people nationwide who offered prayers for the release of the victims.

He is also grateful to the Philippine military that in one way or another put pressure on the kidnappers to release their captives.
The bandits agreed to have Mayor Isnaji, a Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader to be an emissary. The negotiating team was led by Sulu Governor Sakur Tan and Vice-Governor Hadja Nur Ana Sahidullah.

Avendaño also praised the efforts of the local leaders of Sulu who helped in the negotiation for the safety release of the captives.

The PPCRV team in Sulu will also meet their volunteer Dinampo.

NO RANSOM

Avendaño, who also monitored the plight of the captives, confirmed that there was no ransom paid for the release of the victims.

Earlier, the Abu Sayaff group suspected to be behind the abduction demanded a P15–million ransom for the release of the hostages.

The kidnappers gave Tuesday noon as deadline for the ransom money to be delivered.

“We are just happy that the captives are freed. As to the ransom, it is not an issue as of the moment,” Avendaño said in vernacular.

The group was abducted by armed men on June 8. They were held in captivity for nine days. (Mark S. Ventura)(CBCPNews)

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My Take:

Di na lang sya dapat nagkmentaryo pa sa ransom issue.  tsk.  PPCRV pa naman siya, makakasama sa image niya at iisipin pa ng iba na nagagamit ang PPCRV bilang mouthpice ng gobyerno.  (no ransom paid, is the gov’ts line now, despite the fact that they did paid money and livelihood projects. both are technically known as ransom.)

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