Foreign Minister Bob Carr on 23 March welcomed the release of Australian citizen Warren Rodwell, who has been released from captivity in Mindanao overnight after being kidnapped in the Philippines on December 5, 2011 “This is great news for Mr Rodwell and his family,” Senator Carr said.
“I’m advised Mr Rodwell is now in the company of Philippine authorities, our Deputy Ambassador Andrew Byrne and a representative of the Australian Defence Force and will be moved to a safe location.
“The Rodwell family has shown enormous courage throughout this ordeal.
“All Australians would wish them well as Mr Rodwell recovers from his 15 months in captivity.”
Senator Carr congratulated the Philippine Government – particularly the National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group – for their professionalism and dedication in securing Mr Rodwell’s release.
“The Philippine Government had the lead role in this case and deserve congratulations for their tireless efforts on Mr Rodwell’s behalf,” Senator Carr said.
“His release is also a credit to Australian officials in Manila and Canberra, including from DFAT, the Australian Federal Police and Defence.
“The focus now is on Mr Rodwell’s speedy recovery.”