It seems to me there are two ways to make sure that no other media personalities will be kidnapped in Mindanao after Ces Drilon. One is for all the kidnappers to go find a day job, and the other is for media people to actually watch where they’re going.

I don’t mean that they should stop poking their noses in other people’s business–that’s what journalists do, and we’re all grateful to them for it. We lap up the information they dish out for us every day, not really thinking of the grunt work behind it. Sure, not all of it is true or fair or even accurate, but it’s more than we can do from where we sit, flipping through channels on the couch.

Journalism isn’t a very glamorous job, even though it seems like it on cam. But it isn’t a thankless job, either. Here we are, thanking them everyday with the fabulous ratings we give them.

But in trying to get the scoop and tracking the scent of an exclusive interview, media folks must be reminded they aren’t invincible just because a camera is rolling. You go to a hot area in Mindanao unprotected, you might possibly get out unscathed, but in the event that you don’t, the only scoop we’ll all have is the one about you.

I hope Ces Drilon and her companions are okay given the circumstances, and that they’ll be released unharmed soon. And I hope that will be the end of kidnappings, high-profile or not.