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Farmers group organizer abducted from Cebu home

Jun 14, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Elena Tijamo is taken from her Bantayan, Cebu home by 4 men and 2 women reportedly carrying rifles and pistols

ABDUCTED. Elena 'Lina' Tijamo. Photo from Karapatan

Western couple abducted in Burkina in 2018 found alive in Mali

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:05 PM

UN mission in Mali head Mahamat Saleh Annadif says the couple managed to escape their captors

FREED. Italian Luca Tacchetto (L) and Canadian Edith Blais (C) are greeted by officials as they arrive at the airport in Bamako on March 14, 2020, after their release by UN peacekeepers. Photo by Michelle Cattani/AFP

Doctor abducted in Jolo, Sulu – military

Feb 05, 2020 - 12:19 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command says pursuit operations are underway to rescue the victim

In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

Military scouring Zamboanga peninsula for kidnapped couple

Oct 07, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The gunmen who abducted Allan and Wilma Hyrons from their resort in Zamboanga del Sur have yet to be identified, but the military is looking at the Abu Sayyaf Group because of its history of kidnappings

SEARCH IS ON. The military has created a special task force to search for and rescue Allan and Wilma Hyrons, who were abducted from their resort in Zamboanga del Sur on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gunmen abduct British man and Filipino wife in Zamboanga del Sur

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The victims were abducted from their resort in Tukuran town, local police say

Filipino, not Chinese, sailors kidnapped off Cameroon – document

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:44 PM

(UPDATED) A port document shows that '9 hostages, all Filipinos' were seized from a Greek-owned ship while '8 (3 Russians, 4 Filipinos and a Ukrainian)' were taken from a German-owned vessel

5 Filipinos abducted by armed men in Libya, Iraq – DFA

Jul 08, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Philippine government seeks the help of Libyan and Iraqi authorities to locate 5 Filipinos separately abducted in Libya and Iraq

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Sulu kidnappers demand P5M for release of abducted policewomen

May 02, 2018 - 9:02 PM

PNP chief Albayalde says government will not yield to the demand as they see kidnapping as a 'terror activity'

KIDNAPPED. Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvares and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad are kidnapped in Sulu. Sourced photo

Boko Haram has abducted over 1,000 children in Nigeria since 2013 – UNICEF

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:28 AM

'These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable,' says Mohamed Malick Fall, a UNICEF representative in Nigeria

FREE. Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

5 fishermen abducted in Sulu

Oct 15, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana says pursuit operations are underway against the kidnappers

ABDUCTED. Five fishermen have been abducted in the sea water vicinity of Pangutaran town in Sulu.

Son of Zamboanga del Norte mayor abducted

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:41 PM

The son is kidnapped by around 6 unidentified armed men at Labason proper in Zamboanga del Norte

Abu Sayyaf kidnaps construction workers in Jolo ahead of Duterte visit

Jul 15, 2017 - 6:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to visit wounded soldiers and address the troops in Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Bus bus in Jolo Saturday afternoon

Soldier in Sulu abducted by Abu Sayyaf – military

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Staff Sergeant Anni Siraji is abducted by about 7 people at 9:30 am while on the road heading to Igasan Patikul Sulu

Kidnapped boat captain, engineer rescued in Basilan

Mar 25, 2017 - 6:47 PM

UPDATED The rescue comes two days after the Abu Sayyaf kidnaps boat captain Aurelio Agacac and Chief Engineer Laurencio Tiro from the MV Super Shuttle Roro 9

'Duterte' couple abducted in Zamboanga del Norte

Mar 04, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Authorities have yet to determine if Jose and Jessica Palma Duterte are related to the President

News Briefs: February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday February 21

Indian national fears fabricated rape case against him

Feb 19, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Crime in the Indian community is reminiscent of recently reported crime among Koreans in Pampanga

Red Cross urges release of 2 staff abducted in Afghanistan

Feb 18, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The ICRC has not specified who was behind the abduction

RED CROSS. In this file photo, an Afghan resident walks at the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) hospital in Herat province on August 17, 2014. Aref Karimi/AFP

2 soldiers abducted by NPA in Sultan Kudarat

Feb 02, 2017 - 11:33 AM

2ND UPDATE The incident happens a day after the New People s Army announced that it would terminate its ceasefire with the government

Duterte: Dumlao mastermind in Korean's murder

Jan 30, 2017 - 12:32 AM

Because of the gravity of the charges if I were Dumlao I d stay inside [Camp Crame] says the President ordering the cop to stay under PNP custody and face the charges against him

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa informs President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that Superintendent Rafael Dumlao, the Chief of the PNP Anti-illegal Drugs Groupp tagged in the kidnap-slay of Korean National Jee Ick Joo, is now in police custody during a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on January 29, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Duterte: Jee Ick Joo's killers will go to prison

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Tangina kayong pulis bantay kayo hindi ko kayo papalusutin You will suffer Maybe I can send your heads to South Korea President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech before foreign investors

JUSTICE. President Rodrigo Duterte vows justice for slain South Korean Jee Ick-Joo. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Cop linked to Korean's slay seeks return to NBI custody

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM

SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel says he no longer feels safe inside Camp Crame after implicating powerful officials in the abduction and murder of Jee Ick Joo

SUSPECT. Police officer Ricky Sta Isabel (C), one of the suspects in the kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, is escorted by fellow policemen as they leave the National Bureau of Investigation building in Manila on January 20, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Philippine gov't apologizes for death of Jee Ick Joo

Jan 24, 2017 - 2:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte conveys his sympathies to the South Korean businessman s widow

EXTENDING SYMPATHY. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella holds a press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacañang. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Palace: No cover-up in probe into Korean's slay

Jan 22, 2017 - 6:40 PM

We will not tolerate corrupt abusive errant policemen who betray the organization says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 18, 2017 that the country's latest growth forecast from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has increased by 6.8% due to the increase of the country's infrastructure spending. TOTO LOZANO/ Presidential Photo

Court orders arrest of cops, 5 others in Korean's murder

Jan 20, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the justice department is not yet considering Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta Isabel as a possible state witness in the abduction and murder of Jee Ick Joo

SCENE OF THE CRIME. South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo is reportedly killed inside Camp Crame on October 18, 2016. Rappler file photo

South Korea to bust fake PH arrest warrants

Jan 20, 2017 - 12:14 PM

South Korea s foreign minister expresses his grave shock over the alleged involvement of Filipino policemen in the murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo

Dela Rosa: Abducted Korean killed in Crame

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Korean businessman was apparently killed inside Camp Crame the police headquarters hours after he was kidnapped in Angeles City

NHQ. The PNP headquarters in Camp Crame. File photo

Dela Rosa: 'Narco general' is 'boss' of suspect in Korean kidnapping

Jan 16, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The PNP chief also calls on the public to stop using the term Tokhang for ransom saying it hurts the police force

KIDNAPPING CASE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa (right) says SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel has since surrendered to the NBI, which is under the Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre (left). File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Missing' cop tagged in Korean kidnap case was in Crame all along

Jan 12, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Amid allegations that he was involved in the abduction of a Korean businessman Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta Isabel resigns from the police service

NHQ. The PNP headquarters in Camp Crame. Rappler file photo

Nigeria marks 1,000 days since kidnap of Chibok girls

Jan 09, 2017 - 1:00 AM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says his government is committed to finding the remaining 195 schoolgirls who were abducted almost 3 years ago

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.   The Nigerian army on January 5, 2017 said another Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists almost three years ago had been rescued along with her six-month-old baby.Rakiya Abubakar was one of over 200 schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014, army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.  / AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Gunmen abduct 6 Vietnamese, seize vessel off Basilan

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:17 PM

3rd UPDATE The Coast Guard identifies the Vietnamese crew on board the seized foreign vessel spotted on Saturday November 12 in the vicinity of Paseo del Mar in Zamboanga

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Abu Sayyaf kidnaps German, kills female companion – report

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Reports show the body of the German s female companion was found in Sulu Sunday morning

'House of horrors' murder trial opens in Germany

Oct 26, 2016 - 10:25 PM

A couple is accused of luring at least 8 women to their home and torturing them At least 2 of their alleged victims died

Defendant Wilfried W stands in the courtroom of the regional court in Paderborn, northern Germnay, on October 26, 2016 ahead the beginning of the trial against him and his ex-wife. The trial of a man and his ex-wife accused of kidnapping and mistreating eight women, two of them to death at their home in western Germany, opened in Paderborn. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Bernd Thissen / Germany OUT

Boko Haram frees 21 Chibok girls, raising hope for others

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:32 PM

3rd UPDATE The Nigerian government denies that the girls were exchanged for Boko Haram prisoners saying this is not a swap

One of the 21 freed Chibok girls cries while holding her baby as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo looks on at his office in Abuja on October 13, 2016.  Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday. Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram.  / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA

Armed men kidnap fisherman off Malaysia

Sep 28, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Malaysian authorities say the kidnappers came in a fast craft and headed in the direction of southern Philippine waters after the incident

Duterte on freed hostage: We kept our promise to Norway

Sep 18, 2016 - 10:49 PM

The President s personal commitment even before he took office has been crucial to solve this issue says Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Førner

FREED HOSTAGE. Kjartan Sekkingstad (seated, 2nd from left) is presented to President  Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on September 18, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

P50-M ransom paid to Abu Sayyaf for Norwegian hostage – Duterte

Aug 25, 2016 - 1:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says ransom has been paid for Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad who has yet to be released by the Abu Sayyaf

RANSOM PAID. President Rodrigo Dutere updates reporters on Norwegian kidnap victim Kjartan Sekkingstad, who is being held by the Abu Sayyaf, on August 25, 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/ Rappler

Abductions continue: Family kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay

Aug 06, 2016 - 7:54 PM

A group of armed men kidnap a government employee his wife and their child in Barangay Kulisap Payao in Zamboanga Sibugay

zamboanga sibugay

Indonesia urges action as high-seas kidnappings surge

Jul 11, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi calls on the Philippines and Malaysia to undertake serious efforts for tougher security in their unsafe waters

Duterte: Abu Sayyaf members are not criminals

Jul 09, 2016 - 11:14 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte becomes the first Philippine Chief Executive not to tag the notorious group as a band of criminals

WELCOME HONORS. President Rodrigo Duterte along with incoming PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa (left), troops the line during the assumption of command ceremony at Camp Crame on Friday, July 1, 2016. Photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

Body of Canadian Robert Hall found in Sulu

Jul 02, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Acting on a tip from locals authorities dig up the remains of Robert Hall who was killed by the Abu Sayyaf Group in June

The battle’s not over for mothers of desaparecidos

Jun 27, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Ten years have passed since the abduction of Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan but their mothers remain hopeful that they will be found

Duterte 'open' to talks with Abu Sayyaf

Jun 26, 2016 - 5:38 PM

The Abu Sayyaf is not my enemy I know it is connected with the issue of Mindanao That is why I want to ask them: are they willing to talk or do we just fight it out? Duterte tells supporters in Cebu late Saturday

STOP OR DIE. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte thanks the 1.1 million Cebuanos who voted for him and tells drug pushers and users to 'stop or be killed.' Photo courtesy of Mike Lopez

Filipina kidnap victim released in Sulu

Jun 24, 2016 - 11:34 AM

According to intelligence reports reaching Rappler Marites Flor is released in front of the house of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in Jolo Sulu at around 4:30 am on Friday

Beheaded Canadian 'loved everything about the Philippines'

Jun 17, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Slain Abu Sayyaf hostage Robert Hall knew that he had found his home in Davao City his family says in a statement

TIGHT SECURITY. Filipino soldiers stand guard at a military checkpoint during Philippine President Benigno Aquino III's trip to the island of Sulu, southern Philippines, on June 15, 2016, after the murder of Canadian national Robert Hall. Photo by Ben Hajan/EPA

Aquino apologizes to Trudeau for death of Canadian hostages

Jun 15, 2016 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III says he has also talked with Norway s Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Tuesday night on government operations to rescue the remaining hostages one of them a Norwegian

APOLOGY. President Benigno Aquino III says he personally apologized to Canadian Prime Minister Justice Trudeau for the fate of two Canadian hostages killed by the Abu Sayyaf

Abu Sayyaf 'outsourcing' kidnap operations – police

Jun 14, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The Abu Sayyaf has reportedly hired other criminal groups and outsiders to do the intelligence gathering and heavy lifting in connection with its kidnap for ransom activities

OUTSOURCED CRIME. Police Senior Superintendent Edwin Buenaventura C. Wagan, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Directcor, fields questions at a press conference in Camp Hamac, Dipolog City, on June 14, 2016.  Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

PH condemns 'senseless' murder of Canadian hostage

Jun 14, 2016 - 10:32 AM

UPDATED Malacañang extends its condolences to the family of Robert Hall the second Canadian hostage to be killed by the Abu Sayyaf in two months