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RedRanger
10 hours ago, Jawny said:

Has there been any indication that this abduction was related to ISIS or other extremist groups?  

But it is textbook pattern for them and also the area the crime took place.

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Bama

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1826981

British, wife not taken to Basilan: police

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AN OFFICIAL of the Philippine National Police has denied reports that a British and his wife seized in Zamboanga del Sur were taken to Basilan province.

Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his Filipino wife, Wilma, were seized by six gunmen on October 4 from the resort of the couple in Alindahaw Village, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.

Police Colonel Rufino Inot, Basilan police director, denied reports circulating that the couple was taken to the province since “there was no information about their presence.”

Inot said he immediately deployed intelligence personnel to monitor all possible landing points upon learning about the incident in Zamboanga del Sur.

“We verified in the different municipalities and so far, (we have) negative information about that (they were taken to the province),” he added.

 

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Bama

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/10/14/westmincom-goes-all-out-to-rescue-hyrons-couple/

WestMinCom goes all out to rescue Hyrons couple

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Western Mindanao said on Monday that it has been utilizing its full capabilities to rescue a British man and his wife who were kidnapped in Zamboanga del Sur two weeks ago.

Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the AFP’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), said the rescue efforts of Joint Task Force Hyrons were continuous to locate and save Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his wife, Wilma.

“We are employing all our capabilities. Even the Secretary of National Defense [Delfin Lorenzana] and the [AFP] Chief of Staff [Lieutenant General Noel Clement] talagang they are dipping their fingers in our effort,” Sobejana said.

Even the British government, according to Sobejana, has sent a word to offer help for the immediate rescue of the Hyrons couple.

However, the rescue efforts continue to prove futile as he said there are some elements who are muddling their operations to mislead the operatives.

“Maraming sumasakay sa kidnapping na ‘to eh. Minsan, may apat na lugar from different sources nagsasabi ng iba’t ibang lugar (A lot of [people] are riding on the issue of this kidnapping incident. At times, there are different sources citing four possible locations),” he stated.

“It cannot [happen]. They cannot be at the same time, same place at a given time. Maximum na siguro ‘yung dalawa kung pinaghiwalay sila (The maximum could be two different [locations] if they were separated),” he continued.

He raised the possibility that the kidnappers could have a hand in the tactic to mislead them.

“They were thinking that all the information magrerely kami (we will rely on them) without the benefit of validation,” he said.

The WestMinCom chief said they have since created an intelligence fusion cell to validate all the information and tips they were receiving.

As of writing, Sobejana said there is no conclusive evidence yet to rule that the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is the one behind the kidnapping incident.

The Hyrons couple was taken at gunpoint by six armed men at a resort they own in Tukuran town on October 4.

Earlier, Sobejana disclosed that one of the possible motives being eyed by investigators is personal grudge.

He said at least five school teachers of Hyrons College Philippines — owned by the couple — were dismissed on September 20.

According to Sobejana, one of the five teachers had a connection with a local kidnap group in Zamboanga.

Aside from that, Sobejana said a local kidnap group behind the incident may have turned over the couple to the ASG, a tactic that has since been popular among threat groups in Mindanao.

 

 

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to_dave007

Can anyone thing of reasons  to dismiss 5 teachers.. all at once..  just 3 months into the school year?  Only reason that comes to my mind is "financial problems" and "can't pay them" and "not enough students".  Wonder if these teachers all received the salaries due to them. Also wonder how many students were displaced after having paid tuition.

This is the school.  If you take a go around back of the building via streetview you can see it's not as big as it looks from the front.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hyrons+College+Philippines+Inc.+-+HCPI/@7.850001,123.5788964,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x32543ae46a709301:0x29393404ef3ae794!8m2!3d7.850102!4d123.5798781?hl=en

This is their resort.  Looks a bit dismal.. lots of garbage on the beach.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hyrons+Beach+Resort/@7.8497283,123.5515765,245m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x32543b05a775b2f3:0xcb3c4748d924aa9!2sAlindahaw,+Tukuran,+Zamboanga+del+Sur!3b1!8m2!3d7.8583012!4d123.5630055!3m4!1s0x32543b14ea466345:0xb427e401bc1c195!8m2!3d7.8497632!4d123.5519289?hl=en

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Jess Bartone
On 10/7/2019 at 5:08 PM, baby43 said:

Just off topic a bit that Australian man who was kidnapped 3 or 4 years ago found walking along the beach after family in Australia paid a ransom, there was suspicion there it was being invested by the Australian federal police and the Philippines police that,s the last heard about maybe someone here knows more .

Its not good this happen to this man and wife, here in Australia our foreign affairs dept warn us to keep way from this place fear of kidnapping and the risk being kidnapped or being killed.

Ten years ago, someone said to me "draw a line between Cagayan de Oro and Davao, then stay east of it". We do. As others have said, the Philippines is not a "safe" place by any means, but moving in amongst the people who hate you the most is a recipe for disaster. There are people in our area of the head-rag variety, but they eat pork and drink red horse.

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Bama

So maybe the couple is still alive.............

https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/philippines-militants-10172019174953.html

Philippines: Kidnappers Demand Ransom for British Man and Wife

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The gunmen who abducted a British national and his Filipina wife have demanded 50 million pesos (almost U.S. $1 million) in exchange for their freedom, a Philippine military official said Thursday.

This came as the Philippine Coast Guard announced it had deployed its anti-terror unit and a high-speed boat to beef up the military’s search-and-rescue mission in the porous coastlines of the Zamboanga peninsula in the southern Philippines.

The ransom demand was relayed to the relatives of Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, who was snatched by armed men at a beach resort in Zamboanga del Sur province two weeks ago along with his wife, Wilma Paglinawan, regional military chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told reporters.

“There were groups relaying the demand to the family (of the victims) amounting to 50 million pesos,” Sobejana said, adding that the information was intercepted by intelligence operatives.

However, Sobejana said they were taking the information at face value, noting that many militant groups were in the south and could be taking advantage of the confusing situation.

Sobejana said the abductors and their captives are believed to be hiding in the vicinity of Zamboanga peninsula, where troops have fanned out to locate them.

No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction, although military officials had blamed the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants for previous kidnappings in the region.

 

 

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RedRanger

I heard Duterte paid off a lot of the terrorist to get them to stop the kidnapping, I guess this group didn't get paid

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