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Canadians and Norwegians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf plead for life

Three men kidnapped by militants in the Philippines nearly six months ago have appealed for help to secure their release, as their Islamic State-affiliated captors issued a one-month deadline for their demands to be met. The three, who authorities have identified as two Canadians and a Norwegian, were shown in…


Coastguard issues warning of Abu Sayyaf kidnapping threat in Mindanao

The Philippine Coast Guard has sent out stern warnings that they have received reports saying the Abu Sayyaf have directed kidnapping threats towards Samal Island and various regions of Mindanao. At a AFP-PNP press conference on Wednesday, officials said they will meet with the management of the Holiday Oceanview Resort…


“Proof of life” photos Of Samal Island kidnapping victims released

  Two photographs of the four people kidnapped from Samal Island have been released. The “proof of life” photographs show John Ridsdel, Robert Hall, Marites Flor and Kjartan Sekkingstad being held hostage by Abu Sayyaf. The Armed Forces of the Philippines continue to receive leads regarding the Samal Island kidnappings. But…


New wave of kidnappings across Mindanao alarms authorities

House Representative Sherwin Gatchalian of the National People’s Coalition has warned law enforcement agencies of a “new wave of kidnappings” in Mindanao.  Gatchalian made the announcement in Valenzuela City and spoke openly about added security measures and the recent abduction of foreigners there. Gatchalian particularly expressed alarm over the kidnapping…


Abu Sayyaf suspected of kidnapping four people from Samal Island

The military and police are searching three provinces in Mindanao for the the two Canadians, a Norwegian  and a Filipino woman who were kidnapped from Samal Island. An eyewitness to the event, as well as CCTV video shows the culprits were most likely Abu Sayyaf militants and not NPA communist guerillas. Hurt…