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  1. Crystalhead

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    Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET on 2019-10-18

    The gunmen who abducted a British national and his Filipina wife are believed to have demanded 50 million pesos (almost U.S. $1 million) in exchange for their freedom, a Philippine military official said Thursday.

    This came as the Philippine Coast Guard announced it had deployed its anti-terror unit and a high-speed boat to beef up the military’s search-and-rescue mission in the porous coastlines of the Zamboanga peninsula in the southern Philippines.

    “There were un-named groups relaying the demand … amounting to 50 million pesos
     
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    ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — A British businessman and his Filipina wife were abducted by gunmen from a resort in a coastal village of Tukuran town in Zamboanga del Sur on Friday night.

    The victims were identified as Allan Hyrons, 70, and Wilma Hyrons, both owners of the Hyrons Beach Resort in Barangay Alindahaw, some two kilometers away from the town proper of Tukuran, said Police Major Helen Galvez, spokesperson of Police Regional Office 9.

    Galvez said the victims were seized by unidentified gunmen around 6:50 p.m


    Read more at https://www.philstar.com/nation/201...-zamboanga-del-sur-resort#iYy8s5HDiOZV5WvS.99
     
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    They also owned 2 schools in the area and had been there a long time but recently the mayor had warned them about being there and to be aware.
     
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    If i understand this right, the two were the owners of the resort where they got kidnapped. How adventurous to run a business in such an area, where it is warned everywhere to stay there. I do not understand how people can ignore the danger. Sorry for the guys.
     
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    Maybe, but my thinking is that a lot of these kidnappings are smaller amounts and they just get paid, no press, no police. There is a reason why kidnappings are so prevalent and I doubt it is because no one is paying.
     
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    This is probably why most wealthy Filipinos do just that. They know better, it is the foreigner and occasional FilAm/OFW with rose colored glasses that refuses to understand the true nature of the country and extremely poverty and desperation.
     
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    Getting kidnapped for firing somebody, wtf.

    This is simply not the country for running any kind of business as a foreigner, unless you're willing to invest in dedicated security staff and put yourself behind high walls most of the time.

    I think as a foreigner it's best to see the Philippines strictly as a playground / place to spend money (but keep a low profile :wink:
     
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    I once lived about 30-40 minutes from there in Pagadian. I was warned not to go to Tukuran.
    I filipino friend and wife invited me to a beach in Tukuran with their extended family for the birthday party. I was the only foreigner and most everyone at the concrete tables either smiled, waved, talked or want me to drink with them.
    While I was hanging on the beach, about 6 teenagers walked past me a couple times. On the last pass one brave soul asked if he could have a pic with me. Once I said, yes, all of them swarmed me like a rockstar. It was surreal to me as a new person to the country. But in those parts that is how it is for foreigners due to being so few of us. Since Duterte was elected the people aren't nearly as friendly in Pagadian. It was a good day at the beach, but I was cautious.
    When I read that a foreigner lived in Tukuran the first think in my mind was, WTF?
     
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    Plenty of Filipino's get kidnapped as well, they just don't make the news.
     
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    Here's the link. https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/philippines-militants-10172019174953.html
     
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