Philippine men arrested after negotiating release of kidnapped journalists

A Philippine mayor and his son who negotiated with al-Qaida-linked rebels for the release of an abducted TV news anchor and three other people have been arrested as suspects in the kidnappings, officials said Thursday. Indanan township mayor Alvarez Isnaji and his son Jun will be charged with kidnapping along with 14 Abu Sayyaf fighters in the June 8 abduction, said national police chief Avelino Razon. The mayor was in constant communication with the abductors, knew their location and failed to help authorities quickly secure their release, said Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno. The mayor has denied he and his son had a hand in the kidnapping.