Palace maintains ‘no ransom’ policy for kidnap victims PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 March 2013 10:57

Malacanang maintained on Sunday that the government’s policy of not paying any ransom for victims of kidnapping remains in effect and “has not changed.”

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte issued this statement in light of reports that the government paid P 7-million for the release of Australian Warren Richard Rodwell, after being held captive by the Abu Sayaf bandits for the last 15 months.

She said that while the government is looking into the circumstances in the release of Rodwell, these reports of ransom being paid remain just allegations.

“The policy of the government remains that we do not pay ransom. Having said that, we have no information or confirmation on that alleged ransom that was paid,” Valte said.

“The policy of the government has not changed,” she added.

Rodwell, 54, was released in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur province, on Saturday.