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"Philippine authorities have found a boat they suspect was used by kidnappers to take a group of mainly Western hostages to an island stronghold of Islamic militants, the military said on Saturday.

The outrigger boat was found Friday on Jolo, more than 500 kilometres (311 miles) southwest of the Samal island resort where two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina were abducted late Monday, Brigadier-General Alan Arrojado announced.

Jolo is the main base of the Abu Sayyaf, an Al-Qaeda-linked group that has been blamed for the Asian country's deadliest terror attacks as well as ransom kidnappings of foreign tourists and Christian missionaries.

"We have eyeballed the seacraft, but not the kidnap victims from Samal," Arrojado, head of a Jolo counter-terrorism task force, told reporters.

Officials would not say if the discovery pointed to possible Abu Sayyaf involvement in the kidnapping of Canadian tourists John Ridsdel, 68, and Robert Hall, 50, as well as Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad and Hall's Filipina girlfriend.

No group has claimed responsibility for the abductions, the latest in Mindanao, a southern region plagued by decades of Muslim as well as communist insurgencies.

Arrojado said the 25-metre (82-foot) boat suspected of taking the hostages to Jolo was found abandoned at Parang, a coastal town.

It was fitted with two onboard engines, but was taking in water apparently from a breach on its hull, he added.

Regional police spokesman Antonio Rivera told AFP that of all the "threat groups" in the south, those based on Jolo were the ones most skilled in using boats.

However, he added: "We cannot say that they (Abu Sayyaf) are involved at this time."

The authorities earlier said they had received reports the kidnappers had taken their victims to the impoverished Davao Oriental region to the east of Samal.

However Rivera told AFP Saturday "no boat was seen there (Davao Oriental) contrary to what was earlier reported".

Jolo-based Abu Sayyaf and several other renegade Muslim rebel groups have in recent years collaborated in kidnapping foreigners elsewhere in the south, with the victims eventually taken to back Jolo, security analyst Rodolfo Mendoza told AFP.

"They have done it not only on western Mindanao (including Jolo) but they are now also doing it on the eastern Mindanao side," said Mendoza, president of the Manila think-tank Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism.

He said he had no information on whether this was the case in the Samal kidnapping."

 

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Yes I know that I am constantly proven wrong by living in a safe and beautiful area on Mindanao for the last 7 years, I am so convoluted and delusional because I have not listened to those who have ne

We have a trip planned to Samal Island next  Sunday.  After this happened my wife said " I guess we arent going to Samal on Sunday now ? "  My reply to her " of course we are going- because i can guar

Careful, you're gonna get the Mindanao posse all riled up! They claim Davao City is the safest place in the Philippines and Samal Island is right under Hoss Duterte's nose. This can't be happening,

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There is no place in the Philippines which is located on the water and is a high visibility area for tourists or foreign residents or rich Filipinos which should be considered particularly safe at any given time. And with over a thousand islands what a wonderful escape maze nature has provided.

 

Hit and run terrorists or plain unemployed kidnappers honing their skills are often small, fast boat experts in a land of many islands whether Philippines, Malaya/Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia.

 

These are equivalent to the "snatch and run" thieves in 3rd world countries who benefit from cel phones, jewelry, wallets quickly lifted from unsuspecting victims. Although as has been speculated on this topic a significant possibility is of a personal nature rather than pure kidnapping for ransom.

 

I consider the chances of an ordinary obviously foreigner(Caucasian) being kidnapped from non-Muslim governed areas not adjacent to the sea to be less than being drowned by a flash flood while sleeping in the 3rd floor of a local hotel in the Philippines.

 

Based on my years in Vietnam, years in Thailand, 7 months in Mindanao(2013), bus trip C de Oro to Davao(12 hours), Davao to Digos, Butuan south to a smaller city(4 hr trip).

 

Lightning does hit but how often?

 

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Samal kidnap victims reportedly seen with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

 

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(Updated 10:20 p.m.) The four kidnap victims taken from a Samal Island resort on Sept. 21 were seen with suspected Abu Sayyaf Group members near Indanan, Sulu on Monday morning, a source in the the provincial police has said.

Citing intelligence information from Philippine Marines in the area, the information from the Sulu PNP said the four were spotted with around 300 armed men and "prominent" members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in the area of Barangay Sawaki.

Police said Abu Sayyaf leader Yasser Igasan, and sub-leaders Angah Adji, Alhabsy Misaya Mohammad Said (alias Amah Maas), Idang Susukan, Furuji Indama, Julhajan Aksan (alias Halimaw) were among the kidnappers.

Also seen with the group was suspected Jemaah Islamiya operative Abu Anas.

The kidnap victims were reportedly brought to Parang town in Sulu on Sunday afternoon on a "Fuzo watercraft" and were fetched by around 50 Abu Sayyaf members led by sub-leaders Halimaw and Alhabsy Misaya.

Police said groups of Abu Sayyaf members were then sent to different barangays in Indanan and along the shore to watch for government forces.

The four victims — a Norwegian, two Canadians, and a Filipina — were seized by at least 20 armed men wearing balaclavas and black shirts from the Ocean View Resort in Barangay Camudmud, Babak district on Samal Island in Davao del Norte on the night of Sept. 21.


Kidnap plans

Information that the Abu Sayyaf Group had been planning to kidnap foreigners and tourists in some of the resorts in Samal Island had circulated within the intelligence community as early as June, a security expert told GMA News last week.

Prof. Rommel Banlaoi, chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, said the abduction of three foreigners and their Filipino woman companion could have been prevented with the information.

"Kung nakarating sa akin, makakarating 'yan sa intelligence units natin kaya pwede siyang ma-prevent dahil umiikot na sa mga piling tao yung information," Banlaoi told GMA News.

"Anong nangyari sa pagma-manage natin ng intelligence information? Kung yung intelligence information ay nakarating sa akin, ina-anticipate ko na nakarating 'yun dapat sa otoridad at nagkaroon na ng tamang measures para ma-prevent yung mga plano nila," he added.

Senior Superintendent Robert Fajardo of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group told GMA News that the unit received information on the ASG's plan to kidnap individuals in Samal Island and intensified security in the area.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines confirmed receiving the same information.

"We have that information but hangga't hindi natin nako-confirm, it just only raw information," said Col. Noel Detoyato, the chief of the AFP Public Information Office.


Abandoned seacraft

Meanwhile, policemen on Friday recovered an abandoned seacraft in Sitio Salam Bridge, Silangkan, Parang, Sulu. The 48-foot speedboat, outfitted with two 80-horsepower engines, was spotted by members of the Barangay Peacekeepoing Force at a seaweed farm.

Authorities are still investigating whether the speedboat was used in the kidnapping in Samal Island.

Still no proof of life

A week after the abduction, authorities still waiting for proof of life. The authorities have yet to receive any ransom demand either.

No group has come forward to claim responsibility for the kidnapping incident, GMA News reported on Monday.

"Hindi tayo makapagbigay ng exact or logical presumption or assumption or impression about this," said Superintendent Antonio Rivera, the chief of the PNP public information office in Davao.

"We're still developing the intelligence.... Hindi pa tapos yung investigation so hindi pa tamang mag-bigay ng conclusion," PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez said.

Aside from the boat recovered in Parang on Friday, information from Task Force Sulu showed that another seacraft was found on Sunday in Omat town.

It also has two engines and was found abandone in Barangay Niangkaan. The authorities are still verifying whether the boat has anything to do with the Samal Island abductions. — JDS/NB, GMA News

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So it's not Catholics that are doing this kidnapping I guess. Shocking. 

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Guilt by association means that you personally didn't really do something wrong but that people who you are associated with did. You are judged by the company you keep, so you can be viewed as guilty because of your association with wrongdoers.

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Seen my Philippine military (300 Abu Sayyaf), what's shocking is that 300 Abu Sayyaf are walking around together, these guys will get their money just like they always do and then in-between kidnappings they are allowed to roam around freely, the Philippine Army can't do anything about this.

 

Philippine Army should move down to Mindanao and get out of Luzon, this includes their top brass.

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So our trip to Samal Island was uneventful.  And other than the normal 2 or 3 soldiers with M-16s at both ends of the ferry trip we never saw a single roadblock or soldier anywhere.  You would never know that there had been a recent kidnapping there.  

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So they seem to know who they are and where they are. Sounds like key pieces to solving the problem.

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Seen my Philippine military (300 Abu Sayyaf), what's shocking is that 300 Abu Sayyaf are walking around together, these guys will get their money just like they always do and then in-between kidnappings they are allowed to roam around freely, the Philippine Army can't do anything about this.

 

Philippine Army should move down to Mindanao and get out of Luzon, this includes their top brass.

 

Do you often get Abu Sayyaf in Laguna?

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Do you often get Abu Sayyaf in Laguna?

I need to proof read my work but I've never seen them, the NPA I've been told but?  I had to make a report on my brother in-law once and the police station listed our region as an "Insurgent area".  

 

Most of the people from the region I live near, Sta Cruz Laguna are re plants from the Bicol region (Used as farm workers, ducks, pigs, chicken's and fisherman) they have huge balls, in-fact just a few moments ago a couple of women opened our main gate and walked up the back stairs, through our patio...almost made into the house, my wife was sleeping.  

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I need to proof read my work but I've never seen them, the NPA I've been told but?  I had to make a report on my brother in-law once and the police station listed our region as an "Insurgent area".  

 

Most of the people from the region I live near, Sta Cruz Laguna are re plants from the Bicol region (Used as farm workers, ducks, pigs, chicken's and fisherman) they have huge balls, in-fact just a few moments ago a couple of women opened our main gate and walked up the back stairs, through our patio...almost made into the house, my wife was sleeping.

 

The women have huge balls?

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a couple of women opened our main gate and walked up the back stairs, through our patio...almost made into the house, my wife was sleeping.  

 

It's a good thing your wife is sleeping, but tell them that next time you should meet them someplace else. If your wife had woke up, she would likely have killed you as well as them.  :cool:

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Well most recently the Mamasapano Incident and before that the 2012 drone strike in Julu to name a couple. There are a lot of people and activists who view those types of actions as violating the sovereignty of the Philippines.  

Wonder what there thoughts will be then when the Chinese 'come calling' ?

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Wonder what there thoughts will be then when the Chinese 'come calling' ?

A wailing and gnashing of teeth, a crying out for the great Satan and its money, and its military

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