The Malaysian government, MalacaÃ±ang and the [Phillipine] Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday refused to confirm or deny reports that $6 million in ransom was paid out to the Iraqi kidnappers for the release of Filipino truck driver Angelo de la Cruz in time for President Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) scheduled for July 26.
Officials from both governments declined to give any statement and evaded media queries on the Tribune report which stated, quoting intelligence sources, that $5 million was shelled out by Malaysia while the Philippines coughed off $1 million from the Landbank of the Philippines for the release of De la Cruz.
â€œNo comment,â€ said Malaysian Embassy Second Secretary Zamshari Shaharan.
This is terrible news. Running short of funds? Kidnap another hostage! I wonder how much influence extremists had on the Muslim Malaysian government? The actions of the Phillipines and Malaysia are now indestinguishable from state sponsored terrorism.