Click this link www.warrenrodwell.com

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


TIGHT TRIM – Warren Rodwell

Thank heaven for Italian barbers http://warrenrodwell.com

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


  • MAY 19, 2015 12:30AM

 A FILIPINO policeman has been arrested over the kidnapping-for-ransom of Australian Warren Rodwell.

Jun Malban went on the run after he was charged with kidnapping Rodwell from his home in a southern Philippine coastal town in December 2011. He was detained in Malaysia early this month and deported back to the Philippines on Friday last week, national police anti-kidnapping unit head Senior Superintendent Roberto Fajardo told reporters.

1-jun malban

The abductors posed as policemen when they seized Mr Rodwell and demanded US$2 million ($2.5 million) for his release. Mr Rodwell was released 15 months later in return for a ransom that a local politician says was worth about US$100,000, although such a payment has never been officially acknowledged by the Philippine or Australian governments. Spt Fajardo said Malban was believed to have been working with Rodwell’s kidnappers and brokered a ransom.

“Rodwell identified Malban as the negotiator of the Abu Sayyaf during his captivity,” he said.


Malban, who had worked for a southern Philippine police unit that provides bodyguards to civilians under threat, is a cousin of Abu Sayyaf leader Khair Mundos, he said. Mundos, who had a US$500,000 United States government reward on his head, was arrested in a rundown Muslim quarter near Manila airport in June last year. The US government described him as a “key leader and financier” of the Abu Sayyaf.

3 Endurance WR

Mr Rodwell — a former ADF soldier and self-professed “world nomad” — looked online and abroad for love, a search that led him in to petite Filipina Miraflor Gutang, 25 years his junior. After a whirlwind romance, Mr Rodwell packed up his things and travelled to Mindanao in June 2011, one of the most dangerous places in the world for westerners. Only six months into the marriage, Mr Rodwell was relaxing at his new home near the seaside town of Ipil when he was ambushed by armed terrorists dressed as police officers and taken hostage.

Sapper Warren Rodwell Freedom of The City March Liverpool 1979

“We had to walk two or three kilometres through rice fields. They were behind me trying to hit me with the butt of the rifle and kick me to move me. The guy said ‘run and we will kill you’. I was in front and by the time we eventually got to a river and into a boat, I realised I was being kidnapped.” The gunmen wore military uniforms and their M16 rifles were plastered with police insignia.

asg cartoon

The former Australian soldier knew to stay calm and do as he was told when they forced him into a stolen community boat. Filipino police identified the al-Qaeda linked group Abu Sayyaf as being involved in Rodwell’s kidnapping. During his ordeal, Mr Rodwell’s captors moved him from island to island to elude pursuit. He was not shackled or caged but was always closely watched by the gunmen. For 15 months, Rodwell fought to stay sane amid the constant threat of being shot or beheaded. He was moved between 30 different locations within the Basilan Islands as his captors tried to evade the military and other militant groups.

4 Xray

Nine days before Christmas 2012, a tired and gaunt Mr Rodwell appeared in a grainy You Tube video clip, telling the world that after a year in captivity he held no hopes of rescue. “I personally hold no hope at all for being released,’’ he said. “I do not trust Abu Sayyaf. I do not trust the Australian Government. I just don’t trust anyone.” When a ransom of $94,600 was paid on February 3, 2013, the captors kept their hostage.


“The delay was that between the different levels (of the group) some people were trying to do a side deal on their own,” Mr Rodwell said. “Apparently it was at the insistence of the vice governor that they must release me otherwise he wouldn’t help them in the future with any cases.” As the tide went out on March 22 and darkness fell, Mr Rodwell was put on a boat. After about two hours at sea, he was transferred to a smaller fishing boat and taken to shore. “The fisherman paddled it to shore and told me to get out. I was told to start walking and say ‘please help me, please help me’.” He was spotted by Pagadian wharf workers in the early hours of the next morning and taken to the local police station. It was now March 23.

5 Emaciated

He was then transported to the US military base at Zamboanga for treatment before being flown Manila to recuperate. During this time he decided against a reunion with his Filipino wife, although he said he did not believe his estranged wife was involved in his abduction. “These Filipinos just love to talk. It’s quite possible that with Miraflor, being a bit loose-lipped, that might have helped with the information being disseminated about me being a foreigner and where I was living. It’s just a lack of prudence but these things happen.”

5 Complacent WR Red

Interviewed ahead of the release of his memoir in 2014, Mr Rodwell said: “My story will certainly make it clear that I was foolish.” “As I found out afterwards there were warnings on Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sites about the greater area but at the time I read it and put in the local context I thought it said avoid travelling in there if you’re not already there kind of thing. “I’d had experience living in areas where there tends to just be local people. I usually just do my own thing and try to blend in with the environment. I wasn’t trying to discover myself or that sort of thing. But I became complacent, which I think we all do no matter how worldly we are. Sometimes it’s hard to really determine what the dangers are.”

2 Whirlwind Romance

472 Days Captive of Abu Sayyaf — The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell — written with independent researcher Dr Bob East — is based upon recorded interviews with the AFP upon release and details how Mr Rodwell was moved between about 30 different locations within the Basilan Islands as his captors tried to evade the military and other militant groups. “Bob did a PhD on Abu Sayyaf. He has pinpointed locations I was in and added historical stuff,” Mr Rodwell said. “The book is incisive. I’m satisfied that what’s being presented is accurate enough.” The story is part warning to other intrepid travellers, part tale of resilience. “When all is said and done, what really sustains you has to be your attitude and mental health,” he said.

WR Biography

Founded in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network, the Abu Sayyaf has gained international notoriety for kidnapping sprees that target locals and foreigners in the Muslim-majority southern Philippines.

The Philippines’ lowly paid police force has an enduring reputation for corruption and it is not unusual for officers to be accused of involvement in kidnappings or other crimes related to earning more money.


Warren Rodwell On Effective Negotiation, Communication And Compromise

Episode 40 – Warren Rodwell On Effective Negotiation, Communication And Compromise

One Can Only Hope That This Never Happens To You …

Warren Rodwell

Think back to a time in your business where things were going really bad and your whole business “life” banked on the success of a discussion you had with another person.

Now – what if that same discussion could literally mean the difference between life and death?

You read about bad things happening to people all the time – and you listen to it from the comfort of your home on the evening news – but in this episode of BookPals Business Sanity you’ll meet someone who – by no fault of his own – gained the unenviable honour of being the longest held Australian captive outside of war, because today you meet Warren Rodwell of WarrenRodwell.com.

BookPals Banner

This discussion brings home the stark reality of what can happen if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, but also provides you with business “gems” because it highlights the importance of effective negotiation, communication and compromise – even in the most dire of circumstances.


Warren Rodwell


GALLERY : Warren Rodwell 2015

Click for Warren Rodwell website http://warrenrodwell.com/welcome-home/

Warren Rodwell 19-11173330_10205489873580065_3122929785133527177_n

BOOK OF THE MONTH February 2015 – 60% DISCOUNT ( CSP )

Book of the Month – February 2015


Cambridge Scholars Publishing

February 2015 ‘Book of the Month’ is 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf: The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by Bob East.

WR Biography

With global terrorism on the rise, and the sinister increase in the taking of hostages by terrorist organisations, this book is particularly timely – making for essential reading across a range of disciplines, and for the general interested reader.


Documenting the kidnapping of Warren Richard Rodwell, an Australian university teacher and ex-member of the Australian Army, by a notorious terrorist/insurgent organisation, the Abu Sayyaf Group, the book describes a remarkable tale of survival. Held captive for 472 days in various jungle hideouts in the islands of Basilan and Tawi-Tawi, Rodwell endured an untreated gunshot wound and an almost starvation diet, losing over one third of his body weight. When he was finally released in March 2013, he was emaciated, physically and emotionally at the lowest point in his life, and totally bewildered. During his period of obligatory debriefing by both Philippine and Australian authorities, an amazing tale of perseverance unfolded. Rodwell’s determination to overcome all obstacles in his path to eventual freedom is the quintessence of all that is dear in life – life itself.


60% off
To find out more, please click link below to read a sample extract and contents page. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/book-of-the-month-february-2015-cambridge-scholars-publishing

Cambridge Scholars Publishing  are offering all of their readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMFEB15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 8th March 2015.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:

Abu Sayyaf

“On 5 December 2011, Warren Rodwell was kidnapped from his adopted home in Ipil, Zamboanga province in the southern Philippines by the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group. Rodwell survived 15 months as a captive – a rare feat given the organisation’s reputation for beheading captives whose ransom is not quickly paid. This is the story of Rodwell’s ordeal, and how he survived against the odds.”

—Dr Damien Kingsbury, Professor of Asian Political and Security Studies, Deakin University, Australia


Cambridge Scholars

“Warren Rodwell’s story is one of modern day survival. Kidnapped by Islamic extremists while living in the Philippines, Warren survived for 15 months in captivity being moved from location to location. How he maintained his sanity let alone his life is an incredible feat of courage, guts and determination. Warren’s story proves that where there is life there is definitely hope. A true inspiration.”

—David Richardson, Senior Journalist, 7 News Investigations and Features, Australia

Why I Write

TIMELINE: Rodwell’s ordeal

Dec 5, 2011: Rodwell is abducted from his home in Ipil

Dec 22, 2011: Photos of Rodwell are distributed as kidnappers issue their first ransom demand of $22,000

Jan 5, 2012: a video of Rodwell saying the ransom has been increased to $2million is released

Jan 11, 2012: authorities say they have reason to believe Rodwell is moved from Basilan to Sulu

May 7, 2012: Rodwell’s wife, Miraflor Gutang, is placed under monitoring by police authorities

Dec 26, 2012: a video, seemingly recorded on Dec 15, is released with Rodwell saying he has lost hope of release

Jan 29, 2013: a photo of Rodwell is released with a message that he will be killed

March 21, 2013: Abu Sayyaf says negotiations to free Rodwell are complete and he will be released

March 23, 2013 Rodwell is released after 15 months, he is found in the port city of Pagadian


March 21, 2013: Abu Sayyaf says negotiations to free Rodwell are complete and he will be released

March 23, 2013 Rodwell is released after 15 months, he is found in the port city of Pagadian

BIOGRAPHY : Warren Rodwell

472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf - The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell

472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell

NON FICTION BOOK (Biography)  by Dr Bob East (Independent Researcher)

This book first published 2015 by CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARS PUBLISHING http://www.cambridgescholars.com

Lady Stephenson Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2PA, United Kingdom

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

ISBN (10): 1-4438-7058-7 ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-7058-0

For further information about the book

“472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Bob East PhD, try the following webpage links  http://www.warrenrodwell.com  and https://fatforeigner.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/read-the-book/

Warren Rodwell Dinner

Locking in Survivor WARREN RODWELL and True Aussie Spirit

After graduating in History & Politics from the University of Exeter, English born television producer Matt Etheridge worked for British Sky Broadcasting in London for eight years prior to joining the flagship Australian commercial free-to-air network Channel 9 (Sydney) in 2010. Matt writes of his encounter with and personal impressions of kidnap survivor Warren Rodwell, the longest held Australian captive outside of war time.

  I was lucky enough to meet Warren Rodwell when my Executive Producer asked me to chase a story on a true Aussie survivor. I was told only of his name at first and that he had been held hostage by Islamic militants for over a year. I then had a chase on my hands to read up and lock him in for an interview for the Channel 9 Today Show.  .

Warren Rodwell and Today Hosts

Ben Fordham / Warren Rodwell / Lisa Wilkinson ( Channel 9 TODAY Show )

. Reading his story, I was impressed. 472 days in captivity and at the hands of ruthless bastards, infamous for beheadings. This had to be some guy to survive that. My mind was already racing with questions and so when I got hold of him, I couldn’t let him go. We chatted for almost three hours and I was glued to the phone.

  Warren had a typically Australian charm. Modest, self-deprecating and funny. His captors had shot him in the hand, threatened him, starved him and made some steep ransom demands. But Warren refused to give in.  “What kept you going?” I asked him.   “My passion for Rugby League and the NRL,” he said. “I held on to the spirit and determination of those players and thought to myself, how would they be coached to deal with a situation like this?” “Also, I really wanted to taste potatoes again.”   I was in stitches. His sense of humour and plucky approach was inspiring. Here was a guy, who faced one of the toughest ordeals I can imagine and how did he keep it together? His love of Aussie rugby league football and mash. . potato   Warren made it down from Queensland to the Channel Nine television studios in Sydney to appear live on the TODAY Show, Australia’s longest running morning breakfast news program.  That evening, I took him to an NRL game out at Penrith in the far western suburbs, where the Panthers were taking on the North Queensland Cowboys.

  It was a privilege to spend time with this man who I could see loved the game and loved life. Mr Rodwell spoke enthusiastically of how he grew up playing schoolboy rugby league in northern New South Wales, and the character and team-building qualities it so often develops in players. .

  He stated that rugby league fans are, for the most part, unaffected by any ignorant negativity of non-devotees, as this code of football historically commenced as the result of a working class struggle. .

Matt Etheridge / Warren Rodwell

Matt Etheridge / Warren Rodwell (Sydney)

 . The Panthers won and Warren was extremely happy. He had tipped the Penrith team and South Sydney Rabbitohs would make it to the season finals. He was almost spot on and I thought of him immediately as I watched the Bunnies legendary 2014 Grand Final, their first victory since 1971.  I text him during the match and received a message back just before full time: “Glory glory to South Sydney.” It struck me then. The Rabbitohs and Warren share a lot in common. 

  Both Souths and Warren had experienced dark days. But now they are enjoying the light and I guess tough experiences make the moments of joy, elation and triumph all the more satisfying.  

. Almost as satisfying as mashed potato. Isn’t that right, Warren? .