Philippine ransom deadline extended | News | Al Jazeera

Philippine ransom deadline extended

Kidnappers of TV crew had demanded ransom of $337,000 by noon on Tuesday.

    Drilon is an anchorwoman for ABS-CBN, the country's largest television network [EPA]

    Earlier Alvarez Isnaji, the mayor of the Indanan area on Jolo who has been trying to secure the hostages' release, said the kidnappers had threatened to harm the hostages if the ransom was not paid.

     

    The last telephone contact was early on Monday, he said.

     

    Troops sent to the island have shelled Abu
    Sayyaf positions [GALLO/GETTY]

    The ultimatum came after military reinforcements despatched to Jolo at the weekend shelled a forested area, targeting the Abu Sayyaf fighters.

     

    Drilon, an anchorwoman for ABS-CBN, her cameramen Jimmy Encarnacion and Angelo Valderama, along with Muslim academic Octavio Dinampo, were heading to a meeting on Jolo island when they were seized on June 8.

     

    The team had been hoping to interview a senior Abu Sayyaf leader.

     

    The abductors freed Valderama on June 12 after a ransom of $2,250 was paid.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.