Kidnapped priest believed to be alive in Philippines

KIDNAPPED IRISH priest Fr Michael Sinnott is believed to be alive and efforts are being made to verify the identity of groups who abducted him more than two weeks ago, but many questions remain over his plight.

Fr Sinnott was snatched from his compound on October 11th by six gunmen who barged into the Columban House in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province, 890km south of Manila.

“I am still waiting and hoping,” said Fr Pat O’Donoghue, regional director of the Columban Fathers in the area. The group which kidnapped Fr Sinnott is believed to be moving around the jungle area of the southern Philippines in which he is being held, reportedly on the border areas of the two Lanao provinces, but the priest’s exact whereabouts remain a mystery.

There has been a bewildering number of different reports about the missionary’s whereabouts, about his physical state and about who is holding him.

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