MANILA, Philippines - Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo has backpedaled on an earlier statement that the missing Jordanian journalist and his crew are being held against their will by the Abu Sayyaf.
Robredo could not tell reporters if Baker Abdulla Atyani and two of his Filipino colleagues have, in fact, been kidnapped.
Last Saturday, Robredo said they were being “held against their will.”
On Wednesday, he said: "Palagay ko po, mas makakatulong na pabayaan ho natin yung inatasan na asikasuhin yung insidente.”
He said Atyani did not get a working permit from Philippine authorities. – from a report by Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News