Ransomed by Abu Sayyaf: a heartbreaking plea

January 15, 2012

On Jan. 1, Muslim kidnappers demanded a ransom payment, which is permitted by the Koran, for an “infidel” Australian they captured in December.  A statement by Warren Rodwell, a man whose love for travel deposited him into the clutches of jihadist kidnappers, has since been released to the media.

Take a listen to this two-minute clip from reporter Samantha Donovan on Rodwell’s devastating plea to his family and the Philippine and Australian governments to do whatever they can do pay the $2 million ransom demanded by his captors from the Islamic terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf.  From the ABC radio program “AM” on Jan. 5:

The Islamic system which allows abduction for ransom presents civilized governments with a reprehensible choice between funding the enemies and captors of their citizens by paying the ransoms, intervening militarily in a special operation, or leaving families to fend for themselves.



  1. Hi there, I enjoy reading all of your post. I wanted
    to write a little comment to support you.

  2. Filipina marriage scams occur when a woman lures an unsuspecting Western man into her dangerous web with promises of love and devotion. The man who is usually from the United States, United Kingdom, or Australia falls in love with the person the Filipino woman is pretending to be and marries her.

    Once the deceptive woman gets what she wants out of the marriage, she discards her husband. Sometimes, the Filipina will trash the husband’s reputation in the process, and if there are children involved the situation becomes even more frightening.

    The one’s who have gained out of the Warren Rodwell kidnapping crime are the terrorists and the local Filipino wife. Strange that she kept using her maiden name. Why didn’t she sell his house and the water filling station as she claimed, (but was quickly exposed to be untrue) to raise ransom money?

    After release, MIraflor (Grace) Gutang said, “When I go there (to the hospital) I want to see him, I want to taking care of him, I want him to meet me but the guards said Warren don’t want to see me in person,” she said. Mr Rodwell was lucky to get out of this ordeal. Perhaps. He preferred to stay alive without her in the same country as him.

  3. For those interested, they may refer to the Cambridge Scholars Publishing (United Kingdom) biography / book \”472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell\” by independent researcher Dr Bob East.

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