Resolution of Sulu hostage crisis still in hands of local officials – Palace

MANILA, Philippines — Despite pleas to speed up the release of the three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers being held by bandits in Sulu, Malacañang is still not keen on authorizing a military rescue mission.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said the Palace still wants local officials in Sulu to handle the situation.

“Ang ating AFP sa pamumuno ni Gen. Yano under the supervision of Secretary Teodoro is up to the job (Our Armed Forces of the Philippines under Chief of Staff Gen. Alexander Yano and under the supervision of Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. are up to the job). They are ready for any military action that is required.

“However such military action will be largely depending on the call of the local crisis committee,” Remonde said on government-run dzRB radio.

Earlier reports said the ICRC hostages had called on government to ensure their early release. The Abu Sayyaf abducted the three in Sulu last Jan. 15.

Remonde, however, pointed out that the local government in Sulu has set up a local crisis committee working out the release of the hostages.

“Ang ating policy sa bagay na ito binigyan natin ng primordial responsibility and authority ang local crisis committee (Our policy is to give primordial responsibility and authority to the local crisis committee),” he said. – GMANews.TV

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Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm  Comments Off on Resolution of Sulu hostage crisis still in hands of local officials – Palace  
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