Warren Rodwell

Statement

27 December 2012

While today's confirmation of Mr Rodwell's welfare is welcome, his prolonged captivity is a major concern.

The Philippines Government has the lead in response to this case and is devoting significant resources to securing Mr Rodwell's release.

The Australian Government is assisting Philippines authorities where appropriate.

We are also in regular communication with Mr Rodwell's family.

It would not be helpful to Mr Rodwell to comment further.

Australian travel advice for the Philippines continues to recommend no travel in central or western Mindanao and warns of the danger of kidnapping in that area.

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