Money changed hands for Vagni release – Sulu official

MANILA, Philippines – A provincial official in Sulu province on Sunday admitted that money changed hands for the release of kidnapped Italian aid worker Eugenio Vagni but denied it was for ransom.

Lady Ann Sahidulla, vice governor of Sulu province and lead negotiator of the Crisis Management Committee, said the P50,000 handed over to Vagni’s captors came from her pocket and that it was given “for goodwill.”

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