[Update as of June 18, 10:40 AM]
Drilon, Encarnacion and Dinampo are still in Zamboanga as of this update. They might be going through medical check-up and de-briefing already.
The released captives and their families, including ABS-CBN management, are very grateful to everyone who helped and prayed for their safety.
Reports say that no ransom was paid for their release. ("No comment" would suffice as my comment. Hehe.)
What's cute (if it can be described as cute in this situation) is that PNP Chief Director Gen. Avelino Razon Jr and Ces Drilon are in good terms now after their dispute from the Manila Pen Siege when the former arrested the media people in the hotel's vicinity "to ensure their safety."
I was looking forward to watch Reporter's Notebook this evening/morning because of the kidnapping that happened with ABS-CBN journalist Ces Drilon and company. However, I wasn't able to check by 12AM if Reporter's Noteboook was already airing due to a heavy conversation with a friend. (Friends are more important, of course. :D)
I remembered the TV only by 12:30AM and the show was already coming to its finish. My anticipation for Susan's and Arlyn's stories were brought in vain because I only saw Susan's realization of: No story is worth dying for.
Then I noticed a flash report at the bottom of the screen stating that Drilon and the two others were already released. That was relieving to know, ei? Despite not knowing them personally, the fact that some person's life is in danger brings you tension and unease as well.
I waited for GMA's flash report on the details. Drilon, Encarnacion and Dinampo weren't seen yet. It seems that the officials don't want much media coverage on this. Bakit kaya?
As of this post, the trio must be undergoing de-briefing already and in a few hours will be heading back to Manila.
For furter details, read the ff. online articles:
- (Update) Ces: 'Words are not enough to thank those who prayed for us'
- Abu Sayyaf bandits release TV reporter, 2 others in Sulu
- Razon, Drilon 'kiss, make up' for past dispute
- ABS-CBN journalists Drilon and Encarnacion, Mindanao professor released