Sulu CMC says Atyani, 2 Filipinos not ‘missing’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 June 2012 14:25

The Sulu Crisis Management Committee (SCMC),  handling the case of a Jordanian journalist and his two Filipino crewmen reported missing in Jolo, Sulu said that they are with the Abu Sayyaf Group in a remote area in the province, conducting interviews.

In a statement released to the media, the Sulu Crisis Management Committee said that they have received reports that Jordanian Journalist Baker Atyani and his two Filipino crewmen are still conducting interviews with certain personalities in remote areas in the province.

The statement also quoted the Sulu PNP that Atyani is not even considered “missing” because his whereabouts are already known, and that he is with the ASG and believed to be well taken care of and is not held against his will.

The statement, however, did not reveal the exact location of Atyani and his crewmen’s whereabouts in Sulu’s remote areas.

“Atyani is not a hostage and in fact there is no indication that any crime or complaint is evident. The only established fact is that he is freely moving around with the ASG. The AFP also received similar reports from the ground,” the statement explained.

OIC provincial information officer Sonny Abing III said that with this development, the purpose of the crisis committee is now downgraded to a Monitoring Committee which involves the participation of the community to monitor Atyani’s activities and not lose sight of his whereabouts.

Atyani, the Southeast Asia bureau chief of Al Arabiya News Channel, Rolando Letrero, 22, an audioman, and photographer Ramelito Vela, 39, were reported missing last June 12 when they failed to return to a local hotel in Sulu. They reportedly left the hotel early to interview Abu Sayyaf commanders in the area. — PIA