The Armed Forces of the Philippines giving ransom to kidnappers may worsen and strengthen the kidnappers ‘lucrative business.’
AFP spokesman B/gen Restituto Padilla appealed to those planning to pay ransom in exchange of the freedom of their hostages, should respect the ‘no ransom policy’ of the government.
This was the AFP’s reaction amid reports that the Indonesian tugboat company has prepared $1 million for the freedom of their 10 crew members, who were abducted in Tawi-Tawi recently.
Padilla, said they discourage paying ransom for it will only strengthen the bandits’ forces and continue abducting people.
Kidnapping has been a lucrative business in some parts of Southern Mindanao because the victims’ families continue to pay ransom.
Based on the data of the Western Mindanao Command, there are 24 foreign hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf in the province of Sulu and Basilan.
There is an on-going military operation in the island of Sulu and Tawi-tawi to save the victims from the rebels.