Ransom for the Burnhams Revisited

ARGH! NO!!! Don’t pay any ransom! The Abu Sayyaf cannot be trusted or negotiated with. A ransom payment to these brigands is no guarantee that they’ll release their hostages: the only bargaining chip they have left. And even in the unlikely event that they do free the hostages, ransom payments will only enable them to kidnap even more victims, locals and foreigners alike.