Aussie Kidnapped In Philippines Seeks $2M Ransom

Published January 5, 2012 2:09AM (EST)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The captors of an Australian man kidnapped in the Philippines have released a video in which he urges Manila and Canberra to help raise a $2 million ransom for his release.

The video of 53-year-old Warren Richard Rodwell had been sent to his Filipino wife in late December. The Sydney Morning Herald posted the video online Thursday.

Rodwell, a former university teacher in Shanghai, was taken at gunpoint by several men Dec. 5 in southern Ipil town in Zamboanga Sibugay province. It was the latest abduction of a foreigner in the country's volatile south, where several kidnappings for ransom have been blamed on the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group.

By Salon Staff

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