http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/philippines-staying-safe-abroad-has-no.html Monday, December 1, 2014 Posted by Ed Lee at 5:36 PM
Philippines: “Staying Safe Abroad” Has No Criticism of Kidnapped Australian, Only His Exposure to High-Risk Conduct
I have reviewed my December 7, 2011 posting which is reflected below and underline no ill-will was intended toward Warren Rodwell, an Australian citizen, who was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf on December 5, 2011 and ultimately released on March 2, 2013.
No one could have been happier that I with his release from captivity and applaud his return to his family and friends.
As I indicated in the below link, I meant no ill-will toward Mr. Rodwell, only his conduct which contributed to his abduction and his loss of freedom for 15 months, which was influenced by the below links which discouraged travel to the Southern Philippines by Australian citizens:
Additionally, if either of the below links are factually incorrect, please advise me accordingly and I will correct the record.
COMMENT: One of the reasons that the below link was created in 2009, was to assist other foreign travelers in not making the same errors in judgment that previous travelers have made, many of which can have not only adverse and irreversible results:
The advice I offered to all kidnap victims who are faced with being outnumbered while in the process of abducted, I stand behind, as confronting a kidnapping is only compounded further if one has been injured as well.
If I have made any comments re: Mr. Rodwell that are factually incorrect, I tender my apologies for making such statements and respectfully retract them.
RESPONSE to the apology above …
The first factual mistake noted in the above article is the release date of Warren Rodwell. The writer shows it as being 2nd March 2013.
Wikipedia states the following at this webpage:
Warren Rodwell, a former soldier in the Australian Army, and English teacher from Sydney, was seized from his home at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, on December 5, 2011 by Abu Sayyaf militants.
The original ransom demand was for $US2 million. However, after the payment of $AUD94,000 by his siblings, Rodwell was released 472 days later on March 23, 2013.
By the end of his 15 months as a hostage in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Rodwell had lost about 30 kilograms.
His biography 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by independent researcher Dr Bob East was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom (2015) ISBN 1-4438-7058-7