DAVAO CITY – The Philippine government is not undertaking any search and rescue operation for Jordanian journalist Baker Abdulla Atyani and his Filipino news team after establishing contact with the missing Jordanian.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said contact with Atyani has been established. He declined to say who Atyani has been in contact with.
He said authorities were able to verify that Atyani and his team are in Patikul, Sulu, and are reportedly not under threat.
Robredo said the Jordanian journalist is taking responsibility for his Filipino news crew.
The DILG chief said the government is taking a wait-and-see approach and have urged Atyani to come out. He said the government wants to make sure that in the end, they are indeed safe.
Robredo is recommending to the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Immigration not to allow Atyani to come back to the Philippines once he surfaces. He said this is because Atyani imperiled himself and caused problems for his host, referring to the Philippines.
He also said there was deception involved since Atyani did not disclose his plans to local authorities of wanting to interview members of the Abu Sayyaf.