Philippine TV crew abducted

Three journalists from the Philippine network ABS-CBN in the southern Philippine province of Sulu were abducted on Sunday. They are journalist Ces Drilon, cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion, and assistant cameraman Angelo Valderama,

Armed men seized the three journalists from a car in Maimbung town on Jolo island on Sunday morning, according to The Associated Press. The news team had arrived Saturday to cover an event at the invitation of Professor Octavio Dinampo of Mindanao State University, news reports said. One local press report said Dinampo was also missing. The Mindanao People’s Caucus released a statement condemning the abduction of Dinampo, the chair of their organization, who they described as a peace advocate, according to the Web site of regional weekly newspaper The Mindanao Examiner. link