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No evidence to link professor to Drilon abduction–PNP chief

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 13:10:00 07/09/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Police investigators have no evidence yet to pin down university professor Octavio Dinampo in the abduction of a television news crew in Sulu last month, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Avelino Razon Jr.

But investigators are studying Dinampo’s sworn statements for possible “inconsistencies” that could link him to the kidnapping, Razon told reporters, on the side of a forum hosted by the Manila Overseas Press Club late Tuesday evening.

“Right now, we do not have any evidence to implicate Professor Dinampo,” Razon said, adding, “We are looking at the conflicting statements of Professor Dinampo and we would like to properly study his position.”

Dinampo was held for nine days by the Abu Sayyaf along with ABS-CBN reporter Ces Drilon, cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion, and assistant cameraman Angelo Valderama.

At a preliminary investigation of the case last Monday, Dinampo issued an affidavit clearing the primary police suspects in the kidnapping, Indanan town Mayor Alvarez Isnaji, and his son, Haider.

The Isnajis negotiated for the payment of a P5-million ransom that paved the way for the release of the hostages on June 17, after nine days in captivity.

Dinampo also tagged their guide, Jumail “Maming” Biyaw, in the kidnapping, saying Biyaw was the contact person of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron, whom Drilon had wanted to interview.

But Razon said Biyaw was a witness, and not a suspect in the case. He said there was no evidence to link Biyaw to the kidnapping.

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