Naval forces in Mindanao maintain Al Arabiya news crew only missing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:51

Despite the pronouncement of Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo that the Al Arabiya news crew is now in the hands of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), Naval Forces in Western Mindanao Deputy Commander (NFWM) for Marine Operations Col. Jose Johriel Cenabre still maintains that the group is only missing for the moment.

“Our intelligence is that they are only missing but we have information on where they are and they are very mobile at the moment,” he added.

Cenabre declined to give specific details on moves they will make to safely recover the three, adding that it is classified at the moment.

He also said that they had information that the three were still conducting interviews with ASG leaders.

Baker Abdulla Atyani and his two Filipino crewmen, Ramelito Vela, 39, and Rolando Letrero, 22, have been declared officially missing as of June 12 this year after failing to return to their room at the Sulu State College Hostel where they checked in at 11 p.m. on June 11.

At 5:45 a.m. on June 12, the three men were reportedly fetched by a man driving a multicab and have not returned since then.
The group was supposedly in Jolo to interview ranking Abu Sayyaf leaders.