Video of Kidnapped Aussie Released
The federal government believes a second video provides proof an Australian man kidnapped in the Philippines is alive.
Warren Rodwell, 53, from Sydney, was living with his Filipino wife on the island of Mindanao, in the south of the country, when Islamists kidnapped him at gunpoint in December.
Philippine authorities have received a second video of Mr Rodwell, confirming he was alive on March 26, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said on Monday.
“The video provides proof-of-life as at 26 March,” a spokesman told AAP.
“This is welcome, given our ongoing concerns about Mr Rodwell’s welfare.”
The department declined to comment further as it might not be in Mr Rodwell’s interests.
“We can say, however, that the government continues to attach a high priority to Mr Rodwell’s safe release,” the DFAT spokesman said.
The department was working closely with the Philippines authorities to resolve the case, he said.
The Philippines was treating the case as a high priority.
Australian authorities were in close contact with Mr Rodwell’s family, who did not want to comment.
A video obtained by the media in January showed Mr Rodwell pleading for his life. He looked haggard and distressed.
Official travel advice recommends that Australians do not visit the areas of central and western Mindanao and warns of a kidnapping danger.