MANILA, Philippines - The Armed Forces of the Philippines is not convinced Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani was abducted in Patikul, Sulu.
A Palace spokesman, however, said Atyani was indeed help captive and is now in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf.
Atyani and his Filipino crew, Rolando Retrero and Ramilito Vera, were reported missing since going out to film a documentary last Tuesday.
Speaking to ANC, Western Mindanao Command spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said they have received conflicting reports on the real purpose of Atyani's trip to Sulu.
Cabangbang said Atyani secretly entered Sulu and used a different name upon checking-in at a hotel.
The spokesman said Atyani's employer Al Arabiya has not contacted Philippine authorities as of this time. A crisis committee is now taking charge of search and rescue operations.
ANC On The Scene, June 18, 2012