Villagers feared for lives as men swooped on Australian

Warren Rodwell ALIVE

Filipino gangs have gained notoriety for their high-profile abductions,

Sydney Morning Herald Warren Rodwell

December 10, 2011 Lindsay Murdoch writes

The lights went out in the sleepy southern Philippine village of Pangi, on the outskirts of Ipil, as darkness fell. Australian adventurer and writer Warren Rodwell had returned home earlier in the day to check on workmen painting inside the house he had bought in the village in October.

Two weeks earlier, Miraflor Gutang, 27, whom he had married in June, had returned to her family’s home in another village after the couple had argued.

Missing  Warren Rodwell Missing Warren Rodwell

The painters had left Mr Rodwell’s house by the time four strangers walked into the village moments after a power outage and introduced themselves to villagers as policemen. One of the men, who were not masked, told villagers not to be afraid, but they were.

Mr Rodwell, 53, was probably preparing dinner in the tiny kitchen of…

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