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[AAP] AUSTRALIA – Philippine Cop Nabbed For 2011 Kidnapping Of Aussie Man

Incident Type: Kidnappings For Ransom – Arrests And Court Cases
Country: Australia
Place: Canberra
Date/Time (UTC): 2015-05-18 21:05:00
Severity/Importance: Severe
Infrastructure Affected: Unknown
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“A Philippine policeman who is a cousin of one of the nation’s top Islamic militants 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.”

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BOOK REVIEW : (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) “472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf”

CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARS PUBLISHING – Product reviews for “472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Dr Bob East (2015)



“In the current international environment when so many aid workers, journalists, business people and travellers risk capture, Bob East’s empathetic and detailed account of Warren Rodwell’s hostage survival is a very timely publication that will attract a wide readership. Those who have read the account of Australian Nigel Brennan’s experience of 15 months in captivity in Somalia will find the story of Rodwell’s ordeal similarly instructive – and inspiring.”

—Richard Gehrmann, Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Communication, University of Southern Queensland, Australia


“Bob East’s 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf: The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell is a well-researched and well-documented—but easy to read—account of this protracted kidnap-for-ransom in the southern Philippines. It is based on East’s exclusive access to Rodwell. I recommend it as an important addition to any strategic analyst’s library.”

—Clive Williams MG, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University


“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


“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



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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

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

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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.  .

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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. .

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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? .