News blackout on abducted Australian

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday has imposed a news blackout on the case of 56-year old Australian national abducted by suspected militants from his home in Zamboanga Sibugay last Monday.

PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said the imposition of a news blackout on a live abduction case is necessarry to ensure the safety of the kidnap victim and not jeopardize any rescue efforts.

“Yes that’s right… were are just following our operation procedure regarding kidnap for ransom (KFR) cases,” Cruz said when reporters asked him if there was indeed a news blackout om the case of Warren Roduel.

Roduel, 56-years old and a retired member of the Royal Australian Army, was snatched by six armed gunmen from hims on Greenmeadows Subd., in Ipil town, Zamboanga Sibugay last Monday evening.

Western Mindanao Police director, Chief Supt. Elpidio de Asis said that the Australian may have been wounded during the adbuction as evidence by the bloodstains that were seen inside his home on Ipil town.

Kidnapping for ransom, with mostly foreigners being the targeted victims, still remain prevalent in Mindanao region where Muslim seccessionits rebels, Islamic militants, rogue moro rebels and criminal gangs are active.

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