Ces Drilon is now the one in the news instead of the one reporting the news, as she is one of the leading reporters not only in ABS-CBN but in the whole country. She along with two cameramen, Jimmy Encarnacion and Angelo Valderama, went missing in the province of Sulu.
Earlier reports also mentioned that Drilon and her crew were with university professor Octavio Dinampo when armed men seized them in the village of Kulasi in the town of Maimbung.
"We received reports that the four were abducted by the Abu Sayyaf led by Albader Parad," Supt. Julasirim Kasim, Sulu’s provincial police chief, said.
Although Sulu Governor Sakur Tan has already convened the Crisis Management Committee, Kasim said that there is no demand yet for ransom. However, numerous text messages are spreading claiming that the hostages are being held for ransom varying from 10 million, 20 million, 50 million to 100 million pesos.
"Governor Sakur Tan is very worried over the safety of the victims and we are doing everything to locate them," Kasim said.
Not only are the officials of Sulu and employer ABS-CBN doing their best to save Drilon and the other hostages, but President Arroyo has also issued the deployment of necessary search and rescue forces.
"The President has already instructed the AFP and PNP to exhaust all means to identify the abductors of Ces Drilon the soonest possible time," said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo.
Drilon’s group was staying at the Sulu State College hostel in Jolo town before they were reported missing, said police Inspector Usman Pingay.
"We don’t know what really happened and why Drilon went without security to Maimbung," Pingay said.
A hotel staff said he saw Drilon leaving. "She was really in a hurry and I even asked her where they were going and Ces Drilon only replied that they would just be nearby. They never came back since Saturday," the hotel staff said.
It is my hope that this ordeal settles peacefully and with all hostages unharmed.