A cameraphone helped foil a kidnap attempt at Philippine Tourism Authority Secretary Robert Dean Barbers!
I heard about the kidnap attempt in passing, but the report I picked up was that a news *crew* foiled the attempt. But no, it wasn’t a *crew*, it was a just one man with a cameraphone recording the crime.
The fact that the kidnappers were being video-ed was enough to scare the wits out of them. With a cameraphone in their face, they took a run for it like scared dogs.
Ah, this is citizen reportage in its highest form!
You’ve got a lot of guts, Benjie Aclan! A lot of guts and a reliable cameraphone at the right place at the right time.
Mabuhay ka, Benjie Aclan!
On YouTube: Barbers kidnap try actual footage
p.s. on the light side, see a video seconds before the kidnap try ““ Si Manang tawa ng tawa