Malacañang has refused to call the disappearance of a veteran foreign journalist as another case of abduction even as a top Palace official raised doubt over the kidnap-for-ransom story hounding the failure to locate Al-Arabiya TV bureau chief for Southeast Asia Baker Abdulla Atyani.
In an interview over dzRB radio, deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte yesterday said the disappearance of Atyani who has been missing since Tuesday, could not be considered as another case of abduction.
“Well, we’re monitoring that situation carefully. We’re getting updates from the local government in Sulu. And as far as we have been updated…You can’t even put the incident in that category (abduction),” Valte said when sought for an initial Palace reaction to the most recent development hounding Atyani’s disappearance..... MORE