Gov’t to send medicines to Red Cross workers

The government will send more medicine for the three International Committee of the Red Cross workers being held by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu following reports two of them have fallen ill.

Speaking to ABS-CBN on Wednesday, Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba said their health has been deteriorating, and she called for negotiations to end the hostage crisis.

But Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro insisted government will not negotiate with the Abu Sayyaf who has asked for the pullout of military troops in Sulu.

“Kami rin ay nagaalala sa kalusugan ng mga hostages. Pero kung ito ay ginagamit ng Abu Sayyaf para kunin ang kanilang gusto ay hindi naman tama yon,” Teodoro said in a press conference. “Kung talagang may sakit at nahihirapan na ang mga hostages, dapat ang gawin ng Abu Sayyaf pakawalan na sila agad.”

“Hindi gobyerno ang may kasalanan na nabihag ito, mga Abu Sayyaf ang gumagawa nito. Ngayon, ang pinalalabas pa nila na kasalanan ng gubyerno na nagkakasakit, na tumatagal ito dahil ayaw nila mag-negotiate. Pag yan ay tinangap natin, baligtad na talaga ang mundo,” Teodoro added.

Lacaba, along with Swiss national Andreas Notter and Italian Eugenio Vagni were kidnapped last January 15. – report from ANC

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Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm  Comments Off on Gov’t to send medicines to Red Cross workers  
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