Ces Drilon, Jimmy Encarnacion Released by Kidnappers

ABS-CBN senior correspondent Ces Oreña Drilon, her cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion, and their guide, Prof. Octavio Dinampo were released by their abductors in Sulu province Tuesday night.

With a report by Noel Alamar via DZMM, the turn over was done around 11 pm last night in Barangay Kagay, Talipao.

They were held for nine days by an armed group believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits in the hinterlands of Sulu island.

“Nandoon po sila sa sa bahay ni [Indanan] Mayor [Alvarez] Isnaji,” Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Avelino Razon Jr. said in an interview over DZMM.

“Sila ay dadalhin dito sa Zamboanga [City] kung saan po ay mag-uundergo sila ng medical check up at pagkatapos po niyan ay isang debriefing para malaman po natin sa kanila directly kung anong nangyari,” he added.

There were reports that the armed group kept the captives in the bandits’ lairs in Maimbung and Indanan towns.

The kidnappers initially released ABS-CBN assistant cameraman Angelo Valderama on June 12. He was released by to Jun Isnaji, son of Mayor Isnaji.

Mayor Isnaji, a Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader whom the kidnappers agreed to be an emissary, said the kidnappers contacted him through their mobile phones. The negotiating team was led by Sulu Governor Sakur Tan and Vice-Governor Hadja Nur Ana Sahidullah.

When asked if they are going to pursue the kidnap group, Razon said they will have to get more information from the former captives to get a better idea on the identities of the suspects.

“Atin pong titignan po matapos nating madebrief sina Ces Drilon, Jimmy Encarnacion at Prof. Dimampo para lalong pagtibayin ang ebidensya na hawak sa grupong ito,” he said.

He added that the PNP will maintain it heightened alert on the area until such time the alert is no longer needed.


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