The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has discouraged anew ransom payments for captives held by Islamist militants.
"The Armed Forces continues to encourage everyone to observe the government's no-ransom policy. The safety of the kidnap victims is our primordial concern," AFP Spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.
The AFP was responding to media reports on Tuesday that quoted an Indonesian minister as saying a Taiwan firm would pay to free 10 Indonesians held by Abu Sayyaf rebels.
The AFP said this no ransom policy is aimed at stopping a kidnap industry from emerging after a series of rebel seizures of Indonesian and Malaysian crew.
Meanwhile, authorities from at least two Indonesian coal ports have blocked ships from leaving for the Philippines.
-Mornings @ ANC, April 21, 2016