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Drilon Abductors Set Tuesday Noon Deadline For P15M Ransom; Ces Tied and Held At Gunpoint

June 16, 2008

This breaking news: The abductors of journalist Ces Drilon have set a noontime deadline tomorrow Tuesday for the payment of P15M as board and lodging fee in exchange for therelease of Drilo, her cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion and professor Octavio Dinampo, according to Jolo radio broadcaster Zeny Masong.

Masong told this writer the kidnappers called Indanan mayor Alvarez Isnaji, the lead negotiator at 8:50 Monday morning to relay their “ultimatum” for Drilon’s mother to “come up with the money.” The negotiator was then allowed to talk to Drilon who he said “sounded disturbed.”

He quoted Ces as saying her mother had no choice but “to promise the payment of any amount, even one billion, because at the time the kidnappers were talking to Mrs. Drilon by telephone, Ces was being held at gunpoint. Drilon was also quoted as say, “palagi na kami nakagapos (they are now keeping us tied.”

Asked about the barrage of cannon and mortar fire let loose by the military in the direction of Mt. Tumatangis early Sunday, Ces Drilon reportedly said they were far from where the bombardment was directed.

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