Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Principal freed by kidnappers in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—A Sulu public school principal was released by his kidnappers Monday night without the payment of ransom, the police confirmed on Tuesday.

Pakkam Hashim, principal of the Kutah Sairap Elementary School, in the village of Wanni Pyanjihan in Parang town, Sulu, was freed on Monday at 7:15 p.m. in the Lanao Dacula village in the same town, said Senior Superintendent Julasirim Kasim, police director of Sulu, on Tuesday afternoon.

Kasim said the police learned during their tactical interrogation of Hashim that no ransom was given to the kidnappers. "He (Hashim) was released through the intervention of community elders," Kasim told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Police were considering a group headed by a certain Gafur Jumdail as suspect in the kidnapping.

Police suspect that the terrorist Abu Sayyaf group is behind the rash of kidnappings in certain parts of Mindanao. (By Julie Alipala; INQ.net)

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