The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Wednesday, June 22, 2005  

An Update on Roy Hallums

This just has to be good news, it just has to be.

Numerous news outlets, including the BBC (“Filipino Hostage Released in Iraq”), are reporting that Roberto Tarongoy, the Filipino businessman taken hostage in Baghdad on November 1, 2004, along with American Roy Hallums and four others, was released there earlier today.

Of the six hostages taken last November, only Hallums remains in captivity, with precious little news available about his fate, and still less notice having been given to his plight.

Hallums’s ex-wife, Susan Hallums, who has been working tirelessly on his behalf, including selling a home she owns to raise money for a reward, today wrote to Rittenhouse:

Thank you for . . . helping spread the word to help Roy. We have some good news today: that the Filipino, Robert Tarongoy, was released alive. He was taken with Roy and I hope he has information to help us lead to Roy’s safe release. What a wonderful miracle that would be.

Susan Hallums tells me tomorrow, June 23, is Roy’s 57th birthday.

Now, I’m not much of a “birthday person,” but I can’t think of a better reason or opportunity for all Americans to keep Roy in their thoughts and prayers. It’s long since time he came home, safe and sound.

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