AFP verifying if kidnapped Aussie is really the one on Youtube

December 27, 2012 11:32 am 

MANILA, Dec. 27 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday is still verifying whether kidnapped Australian national, Warren Rodwell, is the really the person in Youtube claiming that he will not be released anytime soon by his Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) captors.

"The AFP is currently verifying and taking initial steps to confirm if the video posted on Youtube is really that of a certain personality as claimed. Rest assured that the AFP will take measures in support to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in its law enforcement functions to fully ascertain the identity and if possible, the whereabouts of the individual if he is (indeed the) kidnap victim," AFP public affairs deputy chief Major Emmanuel Garcia said.

In line with this development, he said the military is asking the help of people who know the whereabouts of any kidnapped personality or any information that might lead to the rescue of such individuals so that they may be reunited with their loved ones.

"The AFP, PNP, concerned government agencies and the civilian populace must always work together mutually supporting each other in keeping the peace, maintaining order and enforcing the law for the safety and security of everyone," Garcia stressed.

Rodwell, who was kidnapped by the ASG bandits in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on Dec. 5, 2011, said that he does not expect to be released anytime soon.

"I do not expect to be released before the year 2013 at the earliest. I personally hold no hope at all for being released. I do not trust Abu Sayyaf,” the Australian said in his Youtube video.

The nearly two-minute video was posted last Dec. 25. (PNA)



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