Tuesday, June 10, 2008

On ABS-CBN's Ces Drilon, Crew

This is indeed bad news. If reports were true, then the Abu Sayyaf Group had showed their deadly sting once again when they succeeded in abducting ABS-CBN’s Ces Drilon and her two crews in Kulasi, Maimbung (Sulu) last Sunday morning (June 8).

Chief Superintendent Joel Goltiao, police regional director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) told the media. Arriving in Jolo Saturday, Ms. Drilon was accordingly invited by Octavio Dinampo to cover a special event. A Mindanao State University professor, Dinampo is as a well-respected Muslim leader from Sulu and current chairman of the Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC) a peace advocate group in Mindanao had also been taken by the armed group.

Police sources claimed that upon Dinampo’s text, the tv journalist group left Sulu State University Hotel where they billeted but was abducted along the way by ASG allegedly commanded by Albader Parad. In a report published by Sun-Star Online, Goltiao named certain Gafur Jumdail as among those who were involved in the kidnapping of the tv journalist group. Jumdail is a former member of the Misuari breakaway group that joined the Abu Sayyaf. Reports claimed that it appeared that Dinampo was also among those kidnapped. Until this time, authorities are trying to locate the tv journalist group.

We are yet to hear the side of ASG but if they were the ones responsible in the abduction, I know they have a message to convey. The group of Drilon as journalist can be a purveyor of whatever message they want to ventilate but never at the expense of the lives of Ms. Drilon and her crews whose journalistic duty brought them to one of the most troubled places in this part of the country. Let's pray for the safety of Ms. Drilon and her 2 crews that they would return home unharmed.