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Theres been a news story in the UK,  that a 70 year old British guy and his wife have been kidnapped from a beach in Zamboanga del sur , they were grabbed by 4 armed individuals and marched of to two separate bankas and taken away in different directions 

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23 minutes ago, bastonjock said:

Theres been a news story in the UK,  that a 70 year old British guy and his wife have been kidnapped from a beach in Zamboanga del sur , they were grabbed by 4 armed individuals and marched of to two separate bankas and taken away in different directions 

I'm sure he will be rescued. The Philippine Coast Guard will be hot on their trail.:thumbsup: 

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1 hour ago, Arizona Kid said:

I'm sure he will be rescued. The Philippine Coast Guard will be hot on their trail.:thumbsup: 

The report says that it happened in the evening at 6.45pm , I guess the poor sod will loose his head 

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Unless he's rich and his family can come up with a ransom then I would not be surprised bastonjock :sad:

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That's why I won't be going anywhere near there. I'll take my chances getting shot by a crack head in Manila but having my head chopped off by muslims on youtube isn't for me.

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British national and his wife kidnapped in southern Philippines


Allan Hyrons, 70, and Filipina wife Wilma were taken by armed men on Friday night in Mindanao region
British man Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his Filipina wife Wilma Paglinawan Hyrons were kidnapped from Hyrons Beach, a resort the couple owns in Tukuran, Southern Philippines.
 British man Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his Filipina wife. Wilma Paglinawan Hyrons were kidnapped from Hyrons Beach, a resort the couple owns in Tukuran, Southern Philippines. Photograph: Supplied by Philippines police
A British national and his Filipina wife have been abducted from a resort in the southern Philippines.

Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his wife Wilma Paglinawan Hyrons were taken by armed men at 6:50pm on Friday from Hyrons Beach, a resort the couple owns in Tukuran town in Zamboanga Del Sur.

Hyrons, a dual national who has lived in the province since 2013, where he owns and operates several businesses with his wife.

A police spokesperson Major Helen Galvez told the Guardian two of the suspects checked into the resort a day before the abduction and waited for the couple to arrive.

“They own a lot of properties and business so they are always moving. The suspects waited for the victims to arrive at the resort,” said Galvez.

More gunmen arrived and entered the beach resort on Friday, taking the couple to the beach front, and forcing them in to two motorised boats. The vessels fled in two directions. It was not clear if the couple were in one boat or were separated.

The military alerted its forces and was coordinating a search operation with police, according to a local military spokesperson, Captain Clint Antipala.

Security forces have not identified the group behind the abduction and no one has claimed responsibility.

The region is home to numerous armed groups including Abu Sayyaf . The highly factionalised group has leaders who are focused on kidnapping foreigners for ransom while others have recently pledged allegiance to Islamic state. The group has been responsible for suicide bombings in the region.

A trilateral patrol agreement between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia in the Sulu Sea, surrounding island provinces where Abu Sayyaf Group mainly operate, has reduced kidnappings in recent years.

The Zamboanga Peninsula in mainland Mindanao, where the latest abduction happened, has not seen incidents of kidnapping in recent years.

“It’s been a while since an incident of kidnapping happened in our area. We are alarmed,” said Galvez.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/05/british-national-and-his-wife-kidnapped-in-southern-philippines

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Keeping a low profile is always a good way to live here, or anywhere in asia for that matter IMHO.

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17 hours ago, Arizona Kid said:

I'm sure he will be rescued. The Philippine Coast Guard will be hot on their trail.:thumbsup: 

Sorry, AK... I wish, truly, that your comments will be true. But the same thing happened at the Samal Island marina (where I sailed my yacht to) back in 2015... All but one foreigner was beheaded after almost two years due to no ransom being paid...

Virginprune's comment is close to my heart - try to keep a low profile. That is one of my concerns where we are building our home... It is a rural area and few, if any foreigners there... So I am trying to include things like CCTV, burglar alarm (motion sensors), and probably a well-trained guard dog too. We are also trying to keep the place as unpretentious as possible, but that is difficult to do when also trying to keep out the miscreants... as in the 3+ meter fences with spiky tops....

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2 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

as in the 3+ meter fences with spiky tops....

The crooks here have a saying' "The higher the fence, the bigger the treasure". :sad:

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2 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

So I am trying to include things like CCTV, burglar alarm (motion sensors), and probably a well-trained guard dog too. We are also trying to keep the place as unpretentious as possible, but that is difficult to do when also trying to keep out the miscreants... as in the 3+ meter fences with spiky tops....

With all due respect Tom, you are contradicting yourself in this section.  Everything we do to protect our property is at the same time sending a  message we have something to protect!  It's a balancing act and perhaps a timely reminder to us all that we need to be very, very careful about where we choose to live.  

Edit to Add - you are not only at risk when at home - once you've stuck your head above the parapet there's no ducking down again.  

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