AFP: Free 1 ICRC worker to show sincerity

MANILA, Philippines — The kidnappers of three workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) should free one of the hostages to prove they are sincere in wanting to negotiate, a military official said Thursday.

Armed Forces Civil Relation Service chief Brigadier General Gaudencio Pangilinan slammed the Abu Sayyaf for issuing demands without giving any concessions in return.

“Hingi kayo ng hingi, wala naman kayong binibigay, hindi negosyasyon yan [You keep on demanding without giving anything in return, that’s not a negotiation,]” Pangilinan said.

“They will have to show sincerity by releasing at least one or two of the victims. Ganun ang negotiation [That’s a negotiation,]” he said.

The Abu Sayyaf, which has been holding Swiss Andreas Notter, Italian Eugenio Vagni and Filipina Jean Lacaba, since their abduction in Sulu on January 15, is reportedly demanding a P50-million ransom for the hostages.

Pangilinan said the kidnappers have also been making “impossible demands” like the total pullout of military forces from Sulu.

But he also said the military would “relax a little” if the kidnappers allow former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Nur Misuari to negotiate with them.

Earlier, Misuari said he had failed to talk to the kidnappers, who refused to allow him into their lair because of the cordon thrown around them by government forces.

Katherine Evangelista, INQUIRER.net

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Published in: on March 12, 2009 at 9:30 pm  Comments Off on AFP: Free 1 ICRC worker to show sincerity  
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