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‘Abu Sayyaf treated us like their children’—kidnapped TV crew

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FREED Cameraman Ramelito Vela shows his injuries to DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, during a debriefing on Monday afternoon at Camp Crame with audio technician Rolando Letrero, after being freed by Abu Sayyaf gunmen on Saturday night. The Filipino crew members of Jordanian TV journalist Baker Abdulla Atyani were kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked militants in June last year as they set out to interview the extremists in Jolo, Sulu. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

MANILA, Philippines—The two TV crew members who were released by the Abu Sayyaf Group on Saturday night were taken as hostages but they were treated well like their children.

“Trato saamin doon parang anak. Mahusay ang alaga sa amin (We were treated like children. They treated us very well),” Ramelito Vela, one of the abducted Filipino cameramen told reporters in a press conference on Monday at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

The 38-year-old Vela was presented to the media with fellow victim, 23-year-old Rolando Letrero.

Vela said they weren’t hurt by any member of the bandit group, and were even allowed to eat food that they want to eat.

“Hindi kami sinaktan. Kung ano kinakain nila, kakainin naming (They didn’t hurt us. We eat what they eat),” he said, adding they were free to get fruits as long as they asked permission first.

“Hindi kami tinutukan ng baril doon (They never pointed a gun on us),” Vela added.

Vela and Letrero were with Jordanian TV journalist Baker Atyani when they were abducted in Sulu on June 12, 2012. They were reportedly about to do a documentary on the al-Qaida-linked bandit group.

They were retrieved from the ANR Hotel in Jolo, Sulu around 10 p.m. Saturday.

Atyani’s whereabouts is still being monitored, but Vela said they were separated from Atyani just five days after they were abducted.

He said they moved to different places and were guarded by different ASG members from time to time.

He estimated there were about 400 ASG members.


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Tags: abu sayyaf , Abu Sayyaf Group , Alan Purisima , Camp Crame , Kidnapping , Mar Roxas , Ramelito Vela , Renato Gumban , Rolando Letrero


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELTWKJPUAIB6ANDT4KSL7BSATA Shalani

    eh di ayos….pwede pala mga street children dun, mahusay pala mag alaga ang mga abu sayaff….talo pa ang DSWD hehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

    Maghinala na kayo kung ganyan ang sinasabi ng mga kidnap victims. Malamang yung Jordanian reporter ay financier talaga ng mga abu sayyaf o siya ang funnel ng pera para sa mga bandido.

  • $5699914

    stockholm syndrome

  • freeview

    Stockholme syndrome nga…maski namapayat na at di pinakain na tama. ..ano ba yan!! .Treated pa daw sila like “sons”..Baka Abu na sila

  • jinx

    Una, nakidnap sila dahil sa katigasan ng ulo, o di kaya sa katangahan. Ngayong nakalaya na, puro naman papuri sa mga bandido. Bini-baby pala sila, e di ibalik dun.

  • big bad wolf

    yup, stockholm syndrome nga.  di ako magugulat kung sympathizers na sila ng abu.  kawawa naman sila.  ang tagal kasi nila naging captive.

  • big bad wolf

    dapat talaga ma-wipe out na ang abu.  draconian measures na.  ubusin sila pati mga support groups nila.  kawawa lahat ng naging mga bihag nila.  mga demonyo mga yun. 

    • botets

      sang ayun ako dyan, nun panahon ni macoy kun me dinudukot ang mga moro isa din sa pamilya ang dinudukot.. tutal naniniwala naman sila sa an eye for an eye lingo

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

    still, you were kidnapped.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Anong klaseng trato ba ang hindi pagbigay ng medication duon sa may sakit at hirap maglakad?
    Hindi rin kayo pinagupitan at inahitan? Baka dehins goli din?

  • wawa2172

    Hindi kinidnap ang mga victims, sila ang nag pa kidnap. If you read their experience in the hands of the Abu’s, its amazing that they were not hurt and taken cared by the captors. Hindi ito trademark  nang nga abus so something is fishy. Thanks god anywhere that the captives are safe now.

  • igmat

    balik na lang kayo mas ok pala dun eh.

  • Pitbulldog

    Tales like this somewhat glorigying these bandits for their good deeds kuno should not be given extra publicity mileage.  It is like trying to mitigate their criminality and sins against law abiding citizens. Go after these bandits and terrorists without let up.  Take no prisoners and leave no one alive. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

       Mabait ang mga ASG. Dapat itanghal!

      • botets

        mabait lalo na sa mga babaing bihag, ilan ang nirape ng mga yan, no offense pano kung kamag anak mo ang nabihag at sinalbahe, pwera na lang kung isa ka mga hunghang na mga yan

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Wala naman kasing dahilan na saktan ang bihag lalo na mga civilian lang sila.Pera lang naman habol ng mga humuli.

    • Ganymede

      E pano kung walang pera? E di sasaktan din. 

  • Ganymede

    If you know how to read between the lines… lahat ng sinabi nun 2 nakaligtas, kabaligtaran yun. Natatakot lang lang baka kidnapin sila ulit kapag nagsalita ng hindi maganda. Kung talagang inalagaan sila doon bakit payat na payat sila at halos hindi na makalakad yun isa? Dapat malulusog sila at masaya ang disposisyon.

    • batangpaslit

      hahaha….tumpak

  • Trisikad Driver

    ASG party list soon…..watch pino promote pa nang nagpakidnap…hehehe thats why tama lang ang Govyerno noon na hwag sila eh rescue, kaseh they were treated very good naman eh…

  • rodben

    If Erap finish his 6yrs. terms these Abu Sayap and MILF were  finish too, these gruop is small in number compared to MNLF  taga Mindanao says. But Erap was victimized by weather2, he kick out by ELITISTA groups which is now control the Phil. gov’t. they are now riches no new job created.

  • Mamang Pulis

    photo ops si mar boy bawang roxas!!

    maliban sa mga NPA na hinid mo makatok sa bahay nila—at mga ASG MNLF at MILF….

    mabuti pa —sa Cebu at sa bayan mo ka magkakatok ng paltik….o kaya sa culiat, kawit at caloocan

    eh hindi mo naman madis armahan mga yan—-inutil pa rin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    Politico talaga itong si Sikad Boy. Purma sa camera. Diak mananalo sa 2016 oy!

    • Fayha

      binay ikaw ba yan?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    Type your comment here. Di ka mananalo sa 2016 oy!

  • Fayha

    kung treated well kayo nang mga Abu Sayyaf. bakit kayo sakitin?

  • mekeni62

    at pilit pinangalandakan nuon ng AFP at DILG na hindi na-hostage ang Jordanian at itong 2 pinoy na ito. heto ngayon ang nagdudumilat na katotohanan. talagang walang ransom ha?

  • barry p

    Stockholm syndrome….



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