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PIA Press Release
2009/10/23

7 abducted DENR personnel safe

Butuan City (23 October) -- The seven DENR personnel who were abducted by a group of armed men at the Task Force Watershed Multi-Sectoral Checkpoint at Sitio Pianing in Barangay Anticala, Butuan City recently are reportedly safe.

The abducted DENR personnel have also requested through the phone that they need medicines and clothes which DENR is preparing to be delivered to an undisclosed area.

The DENR was able to establish a communication line with the leader of the kidnapper who was identified as a certain Andot Behing who apparently called up through a senior DENR officer to inform him of the present condition of the abducted victims.

The leader of the kidnappers has also informed the DENR that a letter containing their demands is expected to be sent soon. He assured the DENR officials that the hostages are safe and will be treated in humane manner as possible.

The DENR was able to talk with one of the victims through the cell phone that they needed medicines and fresh clothes and jackets to wear to protect them from cold weather in the area.

At this moment, the leader of the kidnapper took the phone and told the DENR officials that he will be sending one of the hostages at an undisclosed meeting area anytime to get the supply of medicines and fresh clothes being requested by the victims.

The leader of the kidnapper, ANDOT Behing is a rebel returnee and noted as operator of illegal logs in the area.

At the moment, the DENR is expecting to receive the demands of the kidnappers but we maintained that there will be no ransom amount to be paid by the government in exchange for their freedom.

The DENR Crisis Committee headed by RED Edilberto Buiser is doing all efforts to secure the release of the abducted DENR personnel. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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