Mayor got P3m of P5M

by Raymond Africa


The police yesterday confirmed
that the family of ABS-CBN news anchor Ces Drilon paid P5 million ransom to a bandit group that held her, two cameramen, and a professor for 10 days in Sulu.

PNP chief Avelino Razon Jr. said Ces’ brother Frank Oreña delivered the P5 million to Indanan Mayor Alvarez Isnaji a day before Angelo Valderama, Drilon’s assistant cameraman, was released on June 12.

But only P2 million of the P5 million reached the kidnappers as the P3 million was pocketed by Isnaji, Razon said.

Isnaji, chosen by the kidnappers as negotiator, and his son Haider were arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of kidnapping for ransom.

Drilon, cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion and professor Octavio Dinampo were released before midnight Tuesday.

Razon said the information came from Senior Supt. Winnie Quidato of the PNP Intelligence Group, who introduced himself to Alvarez Isnaji as a civilian employee of the Department of the Interior and Local Government who was sent there by the government to assist in negotiations.

“Mula noon, na-observe na ni Quidato ang mga actuations ng mga Isnaji,” Razon said.

He said Quidato was at the house of the Isnajis in Sitio Danasih, Indanan, Sulu while the negotiations for the hostages’ release were unfolding.

Razon showed media two pictures taken on June 12 at the house of Mayor Isnaji while Haider was counting the ransom money.

Shown in the photograph aside from the Isnajis were Sulu Vice Gov. Lady Ann Sahidula, Quidato, and the vice governor’s bodyguard.

Razon said the P5 million was meant for Drilon but only Valderama was initially released.

“Yan pa ang inaalam natin ngayon kung meron pang ibang bayaran ng ransom na nangyari,” Razon said.

But a part of the powerpoint presentation during the press conference said: “The three hostages (Drilon, Encarnacion, and Dinampo) were released after the balance ransom money was delivered to Mayor Isnaji.”

“It was gathered that Mayor Isnaji and his son had persistently applied pressure on the family of the victims for the delivery of the remaining ransom money for the release of the other hostages still held in captivity.”

Razon had warned of charges against those violating the government’s no ransom policy.

He sang a different tune yesterday.

“Well, pag-aaralan pa natin yan. We can’t fault the Oreña family for trying to bring back their loved ones,” Razon said.

He said investigators have established that three of the kidnappers are relatives of Mayor Isnaji.


CIDG director Chief Supt. Raul Castañeda said the Isnajis were unaware that their pictures were being taken while counting the ransom.

“Na-excite na sila sa pera kaya hindi na nila napansin na nakunan sila ng picture,” Castañeda said. He did not say who took the pictures.

Castañeda said that based on intelligence gathering, the leader of the kidnap group, which the PNP maintains has links with the Abu Sayyaf group, was led by a “Laring-laring.”

It was later established that Laring-laring is Mayor Isnaji, he said.


Director Silverio Alarcio, directorate for operations chief, said the Isnajis “actively negotiated for the kidnappers’ benefit in the ransom negotiations and the subsequent payment. Both acted as emissaries (of the kidnappers) rather than for the government in the release of the hostages,” Alarcio said.

Alarcio said the Isnajis persistently applied pressure on the Oreña family to pay ransom.

Razon added: “Anxious na anxious itong si Mayor Isnaji na mabayaran na ang ransom. At isa pa, si mayor ay dumederekta na ng communication sa pamilya ni Ces na hindi naman dapat. Dapat kasi si vice governor ang kumokontak or direktang nakikipag-usap sa pamilya ni Ces, hindi si mayor.”

Castañeda presented sketches of 13 members of the kidnap group. He identified them as Sulaiman Patta alias Abu Harris/Tek who is said to be a member of the Abu Sayyaf under Radullan Sahiron, and Walid alias Tuan Wals also of the Sahiron faction.

The others were named only through their aliases such as Seding, Amrin, Adzker, Bas, Bakrin, James, Rihim, and Tawing.


The pictures were among the pieces of evidence presented by the police to the justice department.

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said intelligence assets took pictures. He said even Sahidula has her own video showing Isnaji counting the money before it was delivered to the abductors.

“There were pictures showing his participation. He is involved, aside from negotiating. He kept part of the loot. The pictures would show that he was counting the P5 million, hinati niya yung share niya. This would show that they were already part of the kidnapping syndicate,” Gonzalez said.

Haider, he said, was the one directing the operations of the Abu Sayyaf.

“That is the report that I received from the PNP,” Gonzalez said. “Siya ang nagsasabi kung kelan darating ang pera, saan nakalagay.”



Gonzalez said that at one point, the military could have closed in on the kidnappers to rescue the hostages but the Isnajis prevailed on them because “they were still waiting for someone.”

Asked if this “someone” was Sen. Loren Legarda, who said she was tapped by ABS-CBN to help in the negotiations, Gonzalez said he was not sure as the senator’s name did not crop up during investigations.

This, however, does not let her off the hook, he said.

Quidato, in his affidavit, said Mayor Isnaji repeatedly told him he would pocket P3 million of the P5 million.

The kidnappers released Valderama instead of Drilon when the P2 million was delivered. They later asked for P15 million for Drilon, Encarnacion and Dinampo.

Isnaji has asked that a formal preliminary investigation be conducted on them. The PI, which will be conducted by Senior State Prosecutor Emilie Fe delos Santos, head of the DOJ anti-kidnapping task force, will start next week.

Gonzalez said the claims of Isnaji’s lawyer, Ernesto Francisco, that they were conducting the negotiation under the orders of Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno could be a good defense if they can prove it.


Gonzalez also said former ARMM Gov. Nur Misuari helped in identifying some of the suspects and their aliases, including Isnaji.

Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said he personally believes Sahidula was not involved in the kidnapping.

He said Sahidula told him over the phone that she even ordered the videotaping of the arrival of the ransom money “for the purpose of transparency.”

Dureza said government has not paid “a single centavo of that money and our no ransom policy still stands.”

Asked if Isnaji’s candidacy for ARMM governor could be considered as motive behind the kidnapping, Dureza said: “I would rather wait until the inquest is done and the matter is adduced and presented in court. This is something that we cannot speculate about in fairness to Mayor Isnaji.”


An election analyst said all might not have been lost for Isnaji’s candidacy.

“I think it could still work for him because, in a way, he became popular… sa national level pa nga e. He was given free publicity kasi, so to speak,” said Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms.

He said Isnaji’s candidacy is being widely supported by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front.

“Dahil suportado siya ng MILF and MNLF, baka lalong lumakas ang suporta sa kanya. Kaya nga may ibang mga nag-iisip na baka ito ay set-up lang ito para masiraan siya at hindi maka-apekto sa pagtakbo ni Ampatuan,” he said.

Government is supporting re-electionist Zaldy Ampatuan. – With Evangeline de Vera, Gerard Naval and JP Lopez

June 21, 2008 1:23 am   Posted in: General, Media

76 Responses

  1. bitchevil - June 21, 2008 1:41 am

    The photo speaks for itself. The Mayor, Vice-Governor, ABS-CBN, government keep stating that there was no ransom paid. They strictly followed the “no ransom” policy. They thought people were stupid. We’re glad Ces and the rest were released; but what would stop these bandits from kidnapping again if such criminal activity has been a lucrative business for a long time? During Erap’s time, he succeeded in recapturing the camps held by the bandits despite the church’s protest. Peace came to Mindanao for a while until his ouster.
    Immediately after he was removed from office, kidnap for ransom of foreigners and local personalities began…

  2. bitchevil - June 21, 2008 1:54 am

    In the meantime, 59 congressmen are joining GMA to the US. The Senate is being represented by of course Miriam Santiago and Dick Gordon. All the cabinet members are going. Take note that it’s the RP government paying for their trip. Many would remain in the US after GMA’S visit to watch the Pacquiao-Diaz fight. I hope some would be kidnapped by the US based Mafia. If not GMA, what about her sons Mickey and Dato?
    Well, other than our own PSG, I’m sure US Secret Service will also be provided.

  3. sioktong - June 21, 2008 4:36 am

    Reasons why stories of Pidal National Police chief Avelino Razon is a big lie.

  4. Etnad - June 21, 2008 5:32 am

    Tongpats yong 3M. Pasensiyahan na lang at si Isnadji ang napiling broker. lol …

  5. Diego K. Guerrero - June 21, 2008 8:42 am

    Kidnapers were demanding P15 M for the release of Ces Drilon‘s news team. It’s cool P12 million tongpats. Mayor Isnadji‘s alleged P3 million kupit is only a portion of the pie.

    What the role of 59 tongressmen in Mrs. Pidal’s US state visit? It’s a waste of public funds. Last year, Malacanang spent about P222.98 million for foreign junkets including tongpats. It’s enough funds to built public school toilets.
    Siguro malaki ng tongpats sa PAL charted plane. Pagbalik sa Pilipinas baka ma-overload sa dami ng cargo boxes. Di kaya’s babagsak?

  6. langhab - June 21, 2008 8:42 am

    i would like to believe Razon’s Isnaji*Isnaji plot…

    but somehow after recalling the improbable equation…
    sump.methane +diesel.vapor = blast/rdx -fire.

    i have my reservations…

  7. grizzy - June 21, 2008 10:46 am

    No matter what the idiots in the Philippine government say, the deterioration of peace and order and rule of law should be blamed on the criminal who is running all these shows. Amenado naman ang lahat ng mga pilipino na majority ng nakaupo sa pamahalaan nila ay mga magnanakaw at mandarambong, at magaling lang magturuan at maghanap ng malulusutan. Isa lang ang dapat na ipahiwatig diyan, “Gloria Tapalani, bumaba ka na! Kawawa ang bansa mo sa ginagawa mong mga kabulastugan. Kening buri mo ka nga!!!” Pwe! Kakasuka.

    No believe ako. Doon lang ako sa nakakulong na si Trillanes ang may natitira pa akong bilib! Lahat labas ang tumbong! Iyon namang Gunggonzales, magaling lang manduro. Playing tough ang ungas, duwag din iyan! Yuck!

    Kawawang Pilipinas!!!

  8. pranning - June 21, 2008 10:48 am

    21 June 2008

    Good point there bitchdeveil, why the heck do they have to itme the visit in June before pacqio,ko0*&^%$# (sorry i have difficulty spelling his name) fight. I bet my $1 that some of them will be left behind because of “OFFICIAL” business (in their dreams)

    But before i get loss in the main topic, let me put it this way.

    OK, OK, OK….let’s say Isnaji is guilty of pocketing part of the ransom?but wait, if that is true, so goes without saying that in the previous kidnapping, like the sipadan kidnapping, someone really got rich?? the monies that we are talking about that kidnapping is really, really, really BIG!!!! somebody really got rich way out of their imagination, with officials negotiating.

    If I remember it correctly, the US$dollar to Peso exchange rate in mindanao is lower compared to that exchange rate elsewhere in the country.

    If Isnaji really cornered part of the ransom money and he is being held liable, what about the previous incidence, don’t tell me they did not make money??? they should also be investigated, RIGHT???


  9. grizzy - June 21, 2008 10:51 am

    Why blame the Mayor for the tongpats? Lahat sila humihingi ng commission as a matter of fact.

    This reminds me of a revelation regarding the kidnapping long, long time ago of a Japanese executive, Wakaoji, who was kidnapped by splinter groups of the NPA with connections with the Japanese Red Army, while playing golf somewhere down south of Manila. Everybody here knows how much Sin and Cory got as commission from the ransom money paid by the company of Wakaoji to his kidnappers. O bakit, sila hindi kinasuhan ng connivance with the kidnappers.

    Puede ba, maging fair naman sila? Kaya mahirap talagang magboluntaryong magsumbong sa mga inutil sa pulis, etc. ng Pilipinas. Ang daming palpak! Gusto mong magpakabayani minsan, labas mo pa kriminal, pero iyong mga tunay na kriminal, nakaupo sa Malacanang, etc. Yuck talaga!

    Urrrrrrrrrrrk, suka, suka, suka!!!!

  10. cocoy - June 21, 2008 12:41 pm

    Palagay ko si Larin Larin ang mastermind ng kidnapping.Ang larin larin sinta na sinasabi nila ay si meyor isnatsi ayun kay nur scotch water.Noon ang sinabi ni meyor isnatsi kaya raw nangingidnap ang mga dating tauhan niya ay dahil sa hirap ng buhay,ibig sabihin ay okey sa kanya at hindi niya kinondena samantalang siya ang meyor at alangan naman na hindi niya alam ang mga illegal activities sa nasasakupan niya.

    Hindi naman palpak sa palagay ko na pumalpak si Razon dahil may mg intel naman siya at hindi na lang laging mahina ang baterya.Saka bakit sila ang magbibilang ng pera? At ayun kina Ces Drilon ay mga totoy pa ang mga kidnapper nila na ang ibig sabihin may utak sila,kung sino man iyun ay baka nga si larin larin at si junior larin larin na rin ang negosyador dahil siguro nagpapabili siya ng Ford Expedition,kaya ang sabi siguro ni Isnatsi senior kay isnatsi junior, mahina ang jueting dito sa lugar natin anak kaya sabihin mo sa mga katropa mo na kidnapin si Ces Drilon para makakuha tayo ng liman milyon.

    Naghahanap pa si larin larin ng reward money galing sa gobyerno kaya raw sila sumama sa police station dahil ang akala ng dalawa ay bibigyan pa sila ni Razon dahil kulang pa ang pera nila pambili ng ford expedition.Mabuti nga kung sa perdition na ang mag ama tutuloy.Kung sino man ang utak ay siguro alam nina Ces Drilon.

  11. martina - June 21, 2008 12:47 pm

    Maybe Isnaji operated on his own not in partnership with some other officers or officials of the govt. Sinolo kays siguro kinasuhan. Hatian mo na lamang sila mr larin larin, at ayos na kayo.

  12. cocoy - June 21, 2008 12:48 pm

    Tigas titi lang ang tapang ni pandak.Sabi niya ay pupulbusin daw niya ang mga Abu Sayad,ng nagsalita na naman ang simbahan na kontra sa binabalak niya biglang umurong at namlambot.Ano ang ginagawa ng mga sundalo at hindi pa tugisin ang mga may Sayad na mga bandido?

  13. cocoy - June 21, 2008 12:52 pm

    Kaya siguro pumapel na si Loren ng narinig niya ang pangalan na Larin Larin para hindi isipin ni Noli na siya ang nagpakidnap kay Ces Drilon.

  14. cocoy - June 21, 2008 1:24 pm

    Kung nagbayad man sila ng ransom palagay ko ay hindi na malaking issue iyan,dahil buhay ang nakataya.Mababawi naman ang pera kapag mahuli ang mga kidnapper ‘yun nga lang hindi na buo at barya na lang dahil ipinambili na nila ng ray-ban at ipinangkain ng fried chicken pamulutan sa sampung case na serbesa.

  15. grizzy - June 21, 2008 1:59 pm

    Hahahahaha! Ipinagmalaki pa ng mga ungas na puro chikiting gubat lang ang nagkidnap kay Drilon, et al. Sarap pagbabatukan sa ulo ang mga trying hard to get on the camera! Wala na bang matinong ginagawa ang mga ungas na puro labas tumbong na iyan? Ang yayabang pa wala namang ibubuga!!!

    Kawawang Pilipinas!

  16. Gabriela - June 21, 2008 2:44 pm

    Remember Gloria Arroyo’s “Isang bala ka lang!” six years ago?

    What happened? Bakit may all out war na naman against these bandits? Akala ko ba less than 100 na lang ang Abu Sayyaf six years ago. Alam ko maraming nang namatay. Bakit dumami pa yata.

    Ang tawag ng Inquirer sa mga kidnappers ni Ces Drilon, “ASG, Teen Edition.”

    We can laugh about it because we are just spectators but if you were in the shoes of the victims, it must really be harrowing.

  17. Gabriela - June 21, 2008 2:44 pm

    Mukhang malalim itong kidnapping ni Ces Drilon and her team.

  18. parasabayan - June 21, 2008 3:31 pm

    Kanya kanyang kidnapping operations itong mga ito. Siguro itong si Mayor eh ayaw niyang magbigay sa mga partners niya kaya yan tuloy tiklo siya!

  19. The Equalizer - June 21, 2008 3:46 pm

    ‘No RANSOM paid’ – Senator LOREN LEGARDA insists(A Pinocchio Tale!)

  20. parasabayan - June 21, 2008 4:01 pm

    Someone got the short end of the stick! There is no honor among thieves.

  21. Chabeli - June 21, 2008 6:21 pm

    So many questions come to mind about this whole kidnapping incident..Why was Loren Legarda involved on Day 5 na of the kidnapping ? Was it really the ASG who kidnapped Ces & the rest ? Did Isnaji cheat for Gloria in the 2004 Election ? Mag kaibigan ba sila ni Garci ? Why do I get this feeling that Ronnie Puno & the PNP are pushing their story too hard; why the rush ?

    Ironically when the peninsula siege happened, it was also a few days before Gloria’s state visit to Spain. This kidnapping naman happened a few days before Gloria’s WORKING visit to the US. Ces was a focus in the peninsula siege as well as this kidnapping incident. Ronnie Puno & the PNP were also characters in both the peninsula siege & the kidnapping incident. Was all these a coincidence, or is a game afoot ?

  22. Dr.Kwak - June 21, 2008 7:26 pm

    Sangayon ako sa sinabi mo. Malalim nga iton kidnapping ni Ces and her team. Bakit malalim may bahid ito ng pulitika at saka business. Politics and business go together. Iyong mga totoy diyan na may baril na nangidnap ay mga utusan lang sila, iyong mastermind nila ang dapat kilalanin–si mayor lang ba o mayroon pang iba diyan. At saka payat yata ang 5 million na perang sinabi nila… Hindi ko alam kung kapanipaniwala ito o hindi…

  23. Mike - June 21, 2008 7:27 pm

    Legarda insisted that no ransom was paid, but the picture showed otherwise. The family of Ces also admitted that they paid the 5M ransom. So, what does make of Legarda?
    1. A liar
    2. A fool (for not knowing that ransom was paid off)
    3. …. any more suggestions?

  24. chi - June 21, 2008 8:16 pm

    “…sabi siguro ni Isnatsi senior kay isnatsi junior, mahina ang jueting dito sa lugar natin anak kaya sabihin mo sa mga katropa mo na kidnapin si Ces Drilon para makakuha tayo ng liman milyon.” – cocoy

    Agree, cocoy. Sa Luzon kasi ang jueteng business, kaya doon kina Isnatsi sa Minda ay supervised kidnapping with board and lodging.

    Nagkakaletse-letse na ang Pinas while Gloria and her travel maniacs show their kawalanghiyaan to the publics of Pinas and Dubya, Barack and McCain. Tangna!

  25. chi - June 21, 2008 8:27 pm

    “Tigas titi lang ang tapang ni pandak” ng sinabi na pupulbusin niya ang Abu Sayads.

    Cocoy, ibig mong sabihin ay ipinagmalaki lang ni bitch iyong maliit na kakayahan ni Ass o sadyang puno ng hangin ang bunganga ni bitch sa kayabangan? :)

    “Kung nagbayad man sila ng ransom palagay ko ay hindi na malaking issue iyan,dahil buhay ang nakataya.”

    No problemo sa akin iyan basta buhay, maliban sa buhay ni bitch and the Pidal gang. Anytime, the AbuSayads may pulvurized her and her monsters!

  26. chi - June 21, 2008 8:29 pm

    Baka sa interview ni Gloria sa CNN ay sasabihin niya na na-rescue niya sina Ces.

  27. chi - June 21, 2008 8:37 pm

    Wala akong pinaniniwalaan sa mga storya nila. Basta, I hold on to my theory that this kidnapping was about the bitch and her mission in the US of A, retaliation to the Lopezes, and the big business over there in Minda that apparently went wrong..nagkaonsehan! Triple mission in one instance. Galing ni bitch!

    Ito namang si Loren-loren sinta, ano ang lakas at konek niya sa mga negosyador?! She got to explain her role here dahil ibinoto niya ng pinoy!

  28. Valdemar - June 21, 2008 8:56 pm

    The counting of the money was only staged for the photoshoot. What they didnt know was the money was already less 3 million pesos. It didnt matter because they are stll expecting more and it was brought later. Razon thought the mayor put one over him just because the covert man told him after Isnaji made a jest he’d keep already his 3 mln commission.

  29. grizzy - June 21, 2008 9:01 pm

    Nagpapatawa ba si Loren? Sinabi na nga ng pamilya ni Drilon na nagbayad sila ng 5M pesos at binulsa noong Mayor iyong 3M, bakit nagmamamaang-maangan pa ang ungas? Dahil siya kuno ang negotiate sa bandang huli at kasa-kasama pa siya sa mga photo-ops nang makalaya si Drilon, et al? Is that it? Hindi nga nakakatawa! Nakakabuwisit dahil ang daming gustong pumapel. Sa bandang huli si Gloria Dorobo naman ang papapel! Busy lang kasi ang ungas na nagpapatahi ng mga bagong wardrobe niya para sa US trip niya na bayad ng sambayanang pilipino kahit na personal trip naman sa totoo lang. Kunyari lang iyong state visit niya kuno. Ano siya, taon-taon nag-i-state visit? Sino ba siya?

    Kawawang bansa! Ang daming baliw!

  30. grizzy - June 21, 2008 9:01 pm

    Ang hihilig pa sa mga photo-ops at publicity! Dami namang mga pangit!

  31. Valdemar - June 21, 2008 9:05 pm

    The military ‘rampage’ or the all out war with the kidnappers was just another palabas to strenghten the credibility of the script. Even the military commander thought it looked outrageus on their part so he suggested some mitigating reason not to go ahead with the show. Besides somethng might run afoul again and his people will be beheaded .

  32. The Equalizer - June 21, 2008 9:38 pm

    In 2007, Gloria Arroyo spent P588.5 million for foreign travels and P34.1 million for domestic travels, respectively, according to the Commission on Audit (COA)’s report on the 2007 financial transactions of Malacañang.

    Today,she is off again for a 10-day trip to the U.S.

    The size and scope of the presidential entourage are always staggering.

  33. vic - June 21, 2008 9:42 pm

    Senator Legarda, if “truly” had no knowledge of the Ransom, then must clearly and categorically declare it, otherwise she should Apologize for Brazenly Lying to the Nation for her Pronouncement of NO RANSOM.. And she is a Senator..

  34. eddfajardo - June 21, 2008 9:53 pm

    Mga Katoto:
    Kung susuriin lang natin itong mga nangyayari ngayon sa kidnapping ni Ces Drilon et al, mayroon akong nabuong conclusion, to wit
    1. Ubod pa rin ng sinungaling itong si Avelino Razon – from the start ng papel niya, sinisigaw niya wala raw ransom.
    2. Ang ABS-CBN ay lalong sinungaling din – they will adhere strictly to “no ransom policy” kuno pero saan nga nanggaling iyong alleged $5 milyon at $25 milyon representing payments made by Ces Drilon’s family. Kahit mayroon din sinabi sa buhay si Ces, I’m sure hindi niya kaya mag produce nang ganitong halaga in 9 days that they were in captivity. Kahit pa nga pumapel pa si Ed Espiritu na kilala naman natin na banker, balimbing kay Erap at kasalukuyang ambassador natin sa London, duda pa rin ako na pera nila iyong ipinambayad sa mga kidnappers.
    3. Makikitid pa rin ang mga utak nitong GMA men na sina Ronaldo Puno at Siraulo Gonzales. Biruin mo litrato lang na nagbibilang ng pera puwede na akusahan ang tao na guilty of participation of kidnapping. Hindi sa I am symphatizing with the mayor Isnaji, but you know in the court of law, sabi ni Atty. Francisco, hindi raw sufficient iyon para akusahan mo ang isang tao.
    4. Despite maraming kagat ng lamok ang mukha, kamay at paa ni Ces, not to mention walang make-up, sa tingin ko naging kaakit akit si Ces.
    5. Si Loren Legarda ay bigyan naman natin ng credit dito. Kung hindi siya hindi natin alam kung ano ang nangyari kina Ces.
    6. Si Vice Governor Lady Ann Sahidula, mukhang nakita ko na siya sa pelicula . . . I just can’t recall.

  35. bitchevil - June 21, 2008 10:02 pm

    PNP Chief Razon did the same thing…by lying about the abduction of Jun Lozada. Why should we believe his story this time?

  36. bitchevil - June 21, 2008 10:17 pm

    It’s also my opinion that the photo is not enough proof to prosecute the Mayor and his son. As negotiator, of course he had to count the money. The angle of politics comes into play because the Mayor is with the opposition up against Malacanang’s boy in the coming election.

  37. chi - June 21, 2008 10:43 pm

    “The military ‘rampage’ or the all out war with the kidnappers was just another palabas to strenghten the credibility of the script.”

    You can say it again, Valdemar.

    Nabenta nang matagal ang ganitong pakulo nila. They can’t fool Ellenville netizenry.

  38. bitchevil - June 21, 2008 11:05 pm

    Australia keeps pushing the RP government to attack and wipe out the Muslim rebels in the south. Take note that Australia is America’s puppet in this region.

  39. chi - June 21, 2008 11:15 pm

    Loren is trying so very hard to project that she is ‘IT’ who can deliver the goods in 2010!

    Hay naku Loren, isa ka pang sinungaling. Ano ba ang masama kung aminin na may ransom, titiwalaan ka pa ng tao dahil opposite ka pala ni bitch. Sa ginawa mo ay pareho lang kayo ni Gloria ng pamumuno kung sakali na maging prexy ka.

  40. Golberg - June 21, 2008 11:28 pm

    Naalala ko nga yung sinabi ni pandak na isang bala ka lang 6 na taon na ang nakakalipas. Ginaya pa si FPJ hindi naman nangyari.
    Sana pala, dapat sinabi nya na lang na “1,000,000 bala ka lang.” Baka maniwala pa ang mga Pilipino sa kanya.

  41. Diego K. Guerrero - June 22, 2008 12:04 am

    Re: ‘No RANSOM paid’ – Senator LOREN LEGARDA insists(A Pinocchio Tale!)

    She’s a vulture and opportunist! Loren Sinta will be the next Malacanang’s poster girl-No ransom policy. I suspect she is lobbying for financial support in the next presidential election thru GMA Senator Ed Angara. Malacanang has truckloads of cash dole-outs.

  42. bitchevil - June 22, 2008 12:52 am

    The video footage showed Loren Legarda exiting ahead of Ces’ group. I was already down on the ground while Ces and the rest were still on the plane ladder/stair when Loren noticed camera men and photographers taking pictures. So, she immediately went up again the stair to be with the group.

  43. bitchevil - June 22, 2008 12:53 am

    Correction: She was already down on the ground…

  44. Diego K. Guerrero - June 22, 2008 12:57 am

    Opsss. Nakalimutan siguro ang script kaya take two. Nakakahiya!

  45. parasabayan - June 22, 2008 2:35 am

    Dirty, dirty, dirty! This is how all of these military and politicians are. I see the angle of a set-up for the Mayor so the evil bitches’ candidate wins. A demolition job well done!

    The whole world is looking only at the 5 million. How about the other 15 million or so? Kanino napunta yun? The fact that there is a local government representative in the picture sent by no other than Puno, makes me think that Puno is in the plot too. And Razon? Why can’t I trust this man? Afterall he was used again and again by the evil bitch to put away the opposition. Look at Lozada’s abduction. He was was of the orchestrators of that! The small 5 million went to the politicians and the rest for sure went to the local government headed by Puno and the other portion went to the “silent military”. I say silent because hindi sila nagiingay. Only Razon is doing it for them.

    This kidnapping accomplished a lot for the evil bitch! Now she can tell the US that terrorism is so alive in Mindanao with the kidnapping of Ces and company. She is able to pin down the opposition to her candidates in that region. She has raised more money for her local projects and kept her generals in the AFP happy! Brilliant indeed! She shot so many birds with one bullet!

    Ang kawawa dito ay ang mga nawalan ng pera na mga kamaganak ni Ces. Hopefully the Lopezes (who are known to be very shrewd) will help Ces recoup some of the amount paid to the kidnappers.

  46. parasabayan - June 22, 2008 2:44 am

    Correction: She is able to pin down the opposition so her candidates in the local elections would win.

  47. parasabayan - June 22, 2008 4:05 am

    This picture does not show that the mayor and the son are involved. If this is the case, all those in the picture should be charged including this mysterious vice governor!

  48. chi - June 22, 2008 4:47 am


    It’s more like mayor and son are ‘dividing’ the money among those who were not in the picture. Who knows, baka sila lang ang taga-kwenta na, of course kasama na ang hati nila.

    P3M sa amin, P2M sa teenage kidnappers, P15M sa kanila!

  49. langhab - June 22, 2008 5:13 am

    the picture was taken with the camera-flash ON. that’s a fact. so all the persons in the picture were aware that pictures of them were taken.

    the Isnaji’s probably thought “magandang photo ops lang ‘to….”

    at ayon, blowup, frameup at displayed…

  50. parasabayan - June 22, 2008 5:15 am

    Chi, hatiang “matsing”. So add to the evil bitches’ income generatingf ventures ang kidnapping. But the “tongpats” sa lahat ng projects sa Pilipinas, local or international is still the biggest source of income ni evil bitch! That is where her doctorate degree is best used!

  51. chi - June 22, 2008 6:54 am


    Agree, monkey business is Gloria’s expertise. Pati si Bush,Barack at Mc Cain ay mukhang mamamatsing ni bitch. Politics, a monkey business made public for private interests.

  52. luzviminda - June 22, 2008 7:58 am

    Parang gusto kong maniwala na may kinalaman si Isnatser este Isnaji sa kidnapping ni Ces. Dahil nung napakinggan ko yung isang interview sa kanya 1 day before the deadline na binigay ng mga kidnappers, ay parang ang pine-pressure niya ang magbigay ng ransom. Instead of pinakiki-usapan niya yung mga kidnappers na pakawalan na lang sila Ces eh parang ang tinatakot niya pa ay yung pamilya ni Ces na ibigay na yung ransom. Paulit-ulit niya sinasabi dun sa interview na kung hindi mabibigay yung hinihingi ay pupugutan na ng ulo yung mga bihag. Ganun ba ang ‘negotiator’? Negotiator para sa mga kidnappers!

  53. luzviminda - June 22, 2008 8:08 am

    At yan naman si Sec.(Sick) Ronnie Puno ay sobra ng yabang! Chief strategist daw siya dun sa paglaya nila Ces Drilon. May mga Intelligence Team at Location Team pa siyang sinasabi, at alam na daw nila yung location ng mga kidnappers. Eh bakit hindi na lang nila paghuhulihin yung mga kidnappers ngayong wala ng hawak na hostages. Puro propaganda lang ang gobyerno ni Gloria Engakantada. Minsan tuloy gusto kong isipin na pakana din nila itong kidnapping.

  54. chi - June 22, 2008 8:36 am


    Walang duda na kasama si Isnaji sa kidnapping kasi ay inamin niya na P3M ang nasa kanya. Ang tingin ko ay kaya he was putting too much pressure on Ces’ family re ransom was because the higher ‘negotiators’ were onto him also.

    Si Puno pala ang self-proclaimed chief strategist sa paglaya nina Ces. Ang kapal!

  55. grizzy - June 22, 2008 8:42 am

    Ang sarap pag nagturuan na ang mga unggoy! Walang tulak kabigin. Lahat may kasalanan except for the innocent victims like the cameramen, maybe.

    Kawawang bansa!

  56. bitchevil - June 22, 2008 8:51 am

    What sucks is everyone kept denying there was ransom. The photo is more than proof there was.

  57. luzviminda - June 22, 2008 9:21 am


    Yun na nga eh. Baka nagka-onsehan kaya galit ang mga pulis. Kasi may second ransom pa yata na 15 million aside from the first 5 million. Eh mukhang hindi alam nung mga higher ‘negotiators’ yung 2nd delivery. Malamang yung second ransom ang sinasabing “hinihintay pa”. Yun ang dahilan kung bakit ‘na-delay’ ang pagpapalaya kina Ces.

  58. luzviminda - June 22, 2008 9:24 am

    Kayo naman, alam naman natin na pag may kidnapping, may hinihingi ang mga kidnappers. Intindihin na lang natin ang mga awtoridad na hindi talaga pwede ipangalandakan na may mga ransom na nangyayari. Kaya nga minsan kasangkot din yung mga tiwaling pulis at militar dahil very lucrative business yan. Ang problema ay hindi nahuhuli.

  59. luzviminda - June 22, 2008 9:28 am

    But let us give them the benefit of the doubt. Na kaya sila ‘lumaro’ sa ransom ay dahil ‘suspect’ na nga nila si Isnaji at kinukuhanan na lang ng ebidensiya. Malay natin baka may lumabas pang mga ebidensiya like ‘wiretapping’. Legal naman yata yan kung ganyang mga sitwasyon di ba?

  60. AdeBrux - June 22, 2008 10:27 am


    “Legal naman yata yan kung ganyang mga sitwasyon di ba?”

    Luz? Alin ang legal? Ang magbayad ng ransom? Talaga naman sa Pinas — because kidnapping is so common, naging legal na…. eeeeeek!

  61. AdeBrux - June 22, 2008 10:28 am

    Naku Luz! Gloria won’t agree with you.

    She’s been boasting that criminality is down in Pinas!!!!!

  62. bitchevil - June 22, 2008 10:40 am

    Criminality is down because people have to look down at this short evil woman who’s the number one criminal.

  63. parasabayan - June 22, 2008 10:54 am

    Criminality is down in Pinas dahil legalized na ni evil bitch! There are more criminals now amongst her dogs!

  64. AdeBrux - June 22, 2008 11:06 am

    Legalized na ang criminality kaya halos wala na? Haahahahah!

  65. sioktong - June 22, 2008 12:56 pm

    Kiko Pangilinan = Mr. Noted

    Loren Legarda = No Ransom kuno

  66. sioktong - June 22, 2008 1:40 pm

    Maybe, Loren Legarda = Miss No Ransom kuno. That sound better.

    Sen. Loren Legarda would like to have an image that it was because of her that’s why the hostages were released.
    Loren Legarda don’t want to admit that ransom was paid because if there was money involved that means the hostages were released because of ransom and not because of her.

    So, no credit for her for the released of the hostages. The ransom released the hostages not because of Loren!

    The question is why ABS-CBN at the last minute inserted Sen. Loren Legarda and made it looked like it was because of Loren that’s why hostages were released? I guess the Lopezes just want a heroic publicity for Loren just in case there will be an election. Loren knows what was going on. A heroic publicity that Loren could not refuse courtesy of Lopez. Malaking kahihiyan to kay Loren. Bumukol, nabuking sya. Di bale, maganda ka pa rin kumpara kay tiyanak pidal.

  67. TonGuE-tWisTeD - June 22, 2008 1:48 pm

    If you look at the picture closely, the ransom was bundled P500 bills. I am sure a P500 bundle that thick (that one on the foreground, placed on the table with rubber bands near both ends) could only amount to half a million pesos – approximately 1000 pieces. I’ve seen how a million peso bundle looks like with all P1000 bills. It’s as thick as these bundles in the picture. Those in the picture are not bundled per million!

    There are four bundles near Haider Isnaji, one in the hand of the vice-gov, another in front of her. All in all, six bundles or P3M only. The P2M could have been given already to the kiddie-kidnappers and this picture shows that they are dividing their share of the loot. It’s, therefore, true that the mayor’s group, including the vice-gov had a P3M share.

    The vice-gov is also part of the ransom!

  68. Valdemar - June 22, 2008 4:03 pm

    The inhabitants of the south are merely pawns or commodities that provide services for a price and distinguish no one as friend that may be a foe on the next project. Any project so far has its own side bets, too, as a routine collateral windfalls for the boys.

  69. bitchevil - June 23, 2008 12:12 am

    Tongue has a point. But come to think about it, P3M or P5M isn’t much these days. Even assuming that the mayor is raising funds for his election, why would he risk his name and reputation for such a small amount. If it’s in dollars, okay.
    Abalos and his Pidal Mafia group could be laughing. If the P3M was split among them with the Vice Governor, she could only get P1M. What’s one million pesos?

  70. langhab - June 23, 2008 4:11 am

    they say a picture paints a thousand words…

    now let me ask: in the picture above were they putting bundles on the table? or are they taking the bundles off the table? mahirap masabi di ba?

    so take a look at this one, compare it with the above picture and then count the bundles:

    and then if you will examine the pictures closely, you’ll notice the telltale signs of FLASH: shadows. yes! the camera used (kesyo film/cellphone/videocam/whatever) has it’s flash setting set to ON! talagang naka flash.

    now how can Razon say that “the Isanji’s were unaware that their pictures were being taken”??? me ilaw galing sa camera nga eh!

    kung talagang hatian to ng parte, bakit ko papayagan na madocument, (at maraming makakita…)
    pati ba yung cameraman (asset kuno) me parte?

    parang ayaw ko nang maniwala ke Razon…

  71. TonGuE-tWisTeD - June 23, 2008 5:28 am

    With that picture, though very small to get clear details, it’s either this is still part of the P5M but the denominations are much smaller resulting in more bundles (which I doubt) or is a shot of the much bigger ransom (P15M?)everybody was expecting. There are about 15 bundles in this picture.

    Flash or none, I think they took the picture to show the kidnappers how much they really got. And not for transparency on the gov’t side. It was a proof for the kidnappers.

    But since some suspect this kidnapping to be the handiwork of government, it could be transparency for either, hehehe.

  72. kapatid - June 23, 2008 8:17 am

    Langhab has valid points. Razon may have been lying yet again. Those guys in the photo may have been set up. Perhaps that government would not want to put the blame to the ASG or MNLF Splinter Group, especially so, if Nur Misuari’s intel was used in identifying the abductors. There is an election in August 2008, and Gloria’s candidate is running against the mayor they are saying masterminded the kidnap of Ces and party. Lives were placed on the very thin line, I really hope that I am wrong in my assessment that Ces and party are being used as political pawns / decoys, but again, Gloria is directing this situation, thus, I would NOT BE SURPRISED at all! Grizzy says it all” KAWAWANG BANSA!”
    Off Topic Ellen, with your permission, just learned that one of the great contributors here recently visited HKG for an international confab. Have always wanted to meet you, I was there at that time. Hope to catch up with you sometime. Thanks. I am sending e-mail to Ellen.

  73. luzviminda - June 23, 2008 8:31 am

    “She’s been boasting that criminality is down in Pinas!!!!!”


    Si Gloria, eh always BOASTING ang bruha!
    Sa kanyang statistics (na palagi namang ‘doctored’) na bumaba ang criminality, eh dahil nga yung mga crimes na taga-administrasyon ang nag-commit ay hindi counted. Eh sobrang dami nun!!!!!!

  74. sioktong - June 23, 2008 11:08 am

    If a leader of China is doing what tiyanak pidal is doing right now which is having a working visit with President Bush and then will visit both sides of the aisle, the presidential candidates of Republican and Democrat, there will be a political upheaval because it will be viewed as political interference on US electoral process.

    With tiyanak pidal she is a non-event entity. She doesn’t care as long as she gets to spend our tax money on her vacation together with her lapdogs.

  75. sioktong - June 23, 2008 11:32 am

    Ooopppss….wrong thread. I should have posted my comments above on “Frank batters RP….”

  76. Valdemar - June 25, 2008 4:09 am

    Hope you still come back to look at the trailers here. Yes you must have seen her likely. The xavier scandal looks like her.

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