Skip to main content

Australia forms task force for kidnapped citizen


MANILA, Philippines - The Australian government has formed its own task force to secure the release of its citizen, Warren Rodwell, who was kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay last Dec. 5, the military has learned.

However, Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes, 1st Infantry Division commander, said the Australian task force is not necessary since a team from the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response is hand­ling the case of the 53-year-old Rodwell.

“It (Australian task force) is not recognized by the (Philippine) government,” Coballes said.

Armed men seized Rodwell, who is married to a Filipina, at his residence in Greenmeadows Subdivision, Barangay Upper Panguil in Ipil town.

The kidnappers, said to be led by renegade Moro Islamic Liberation Front commander Barhama Alih, were seen boarding a pump boat with their Australian victim.

Alih reportedly turned over Rodwell to an Abu Sayyaf group led by Furuji Indama in Basilan.

“He is now being kept in Basilan by his Abu Sayyaf captors but we are having difficulty in pinpointing their exact location because they are always moving,” a military source in Basilan said.

Senior Supertintendent Alex Linesis, Basilan police director, said intelligence reports showed that the Australian captive had been held somewhere in Zamboanga Sibugay since Dec. 22.

Earlier reports said the kidnappers contacted Rodwell’s wife last Dec. 20, sent her a memory card which contained four of his pictures, and demanded a P1-million ransom. 

A crisis management committee headed by Sibugay Gov. Rommel Jalosjos neither confirmed nor denied the reports. – With Roel Pareño
--------------------------------------
By Jaime Laude The Philippine Star Updated January 05, 2012 12:00 AM

Comments

More Philippine Defense News

DND wants frigate with 'surface-to-air' missile power

MANILA, Philippines - Defense spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez announced on Friday that one of the frigates to be acquired by the Philippines will have "surface-to-air" capabilities. That is, the ship will have the capability to fire missiles, guided by radar or heat sensors, at airborne targets.
"Aside from this, our latest frigate will have heavier gun armament and other equipment that will make it very effective in patrolling and securing the country's waters," Galvez said in Filipino.
He declined to state the particular country the Philippines will acquire this ship but stressed that acquisition will be done through a government-to-government transaction.
The Philippines has taken on a new sense of urgency to upgrade its naval capabilities as tensions continue to rise around the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). US President Barack Obama's announced "pivot" for America towards the Pacific has stirred greater naval activity on the p…

No reduction in AFP manpower size

THERE will be no reduction in the number of soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it implements the streamlining of commands by 2013, a senior officer told the Manila Standard in an exclusive interview.
“Under the Force Structure Review, there will be streamlining of units but this does not mean reduction in terms of the number of soldiers. In fact, the FSR calls for more recruits in the future,” the source, who requested anonymity, said.
At present, the military has a total of 125,000 soldiers, of which almost 85,000 are in the Army and the rest in the Navy-Marines and Air Force.
The FSR calls for an in-depth study of the AFP history in reference to pertinent laws of the land in conjunction with the challenges of internal and external defense.
The study also calls for the establishment of a strategic command that will focus on external defense where the main force would be the Air Force and Navy.
On instructions of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, former military ch…

Duterte visits Pakistan navy ship docked in Manila - CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) — President Rodrigo Duterte toured a Pakistani naval ship Thursday and extended an open invitation to its crew to visit the country any time.

The Navy Ship SAIF, one of the four F-22P or Zulfiguar-class frigates of Pakistan, is on a three-day goodwill visit. It will stay in the country until December 17.

For more about the CNN Philippines article.


According to the Naval Technology website:
The F-22P or Zulfiquar (English: Sword) class frigate is a 2,500t multi-mission, conventionally powered frigate built for the Pakistan Navy. Design and construction of the F-22P started after a $750m deal was signed in 2005 between Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and China Shipbuilding Trading Co (CSTC). It is equipped with a 76.2mm main gun, an 8 round FM-90 Surface-to-Air Missile, C-802/CSS N-8 Surface-to-Surface Missile in 2 containers each containing 4 missiles, 2 Type-730B 30mm Close-in Weapon System, and 2 Triple ET-52C Torp…