The Devastations that Frank's Wind[fall] Brought

'Isnaji pocketed much of P5-M ransom'
ABS-CBN News Online

Mayor Alvarez Isnaji of Indanan, Sulu cornered 60 percent of the P5-million ransom paid for the freedom of an abducted ABS-CBN News team led by broadcast journalist Ces Drilon and their guide, Mindanao peace advocate Octavio Dinampo, police disclosed Friday.

Director General Avelino Razon Jr., Philippine National Police chief, said Isnaji "kept to himself" P3 million and paid the kidnappers P2 million.

“What we know right now is that the initial payment was P5 million, however, P2 million lang ang binayad sa kidnap-for-ransom group and the rest, P3 million, was kept by Mayor Isnaji,” he told reporters during a press conference in Camp Crame.

Razon said that police have yet to recover the P3 million that was produced by Drilon's family.

He said the money was brought to Jolo by Drilon’s brother, Frank Oreña.

The PNP chief also presented two photos showing Isnaji, his son, Haider, Sulu Vice-Gov. Lady Ann Sahidulla and her bodyguard gathered around the P5-million ransom at the mayor’s residence.

“These pictures show Mayor Alvarez Isnaji [witnessing the] counting [of] the P5-million ransom money that was initially given for the release of Miss Ces Drilon and in the end ang na-release ay si [ABS-CBN assistant cameraman] Angelo Valderama,” he told reporters. [...]

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So much for their "hard stance" on the so-called "No ransom policy". What about their new invention so-called "livelihood project" in lieu of ransom?

This kidnapping incident showed many mistakes beginning from Ces Drilon's actions to the "negotiators'" handling of the case. May the concerned agencies learn something from this.

When can imprudence be considered a virtue? Perhaps when one takes great risk and cares less of his/her own life in order to save another life which is endangered (or cover a "very important" story) and in a situation wherein there is not enough time to think thoroughly about the situation and weigh the consequences of doing the act. This is perhaps one reason why critical people sometimes brand a heroic act as idiotic. But mind you, no genuine idiot is really willing to take true heroic acts. Now who then is fit to be called an idiot? No one!

In this kidnapping incident, wasn't there enough time to think things through (before, during, and after the incident)?

What does this incident tell to the different yet similar-in-a-sense incident at the Manila Peninsula Hotel? Both incidents involved risks on the lives of journalists. Between a story to cover and the life of the journalist, which has more weight to the journalist and which has more weight to the public?