Don’t pay ransom, Basilan bishop appeals to authorities

MANILA, Philippines — A Mindanao-based bishop reiterated Friday his appeal to authorities not to pay ransom for three workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross who were abducted in Sulu last Jan. 15.

But Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad also urged the military to avoid violence in ensuring the safe release of Mary Jean Lacaba, Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter.

“Paying ransom, if indeed there is such demand from the Abu Sayyaf, is tantamount to tolerating their criminal acts,” he reminded authorities, in an article posted Friday night on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines website (www.cbcpnews.com).

Jumoad aired his appeal in the wake of reports that a P50-million ransom had been demanded for the release of the three ICRC workers.

The Abu Sayyaf denied making the demand.

On the other hand, Jumoad urged authorities pursuing the Al Qaida-linked kidnappers to seek “non-violent” return of the three.

“No more bloodshed, please,” he said. – GMANews.TV

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Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 8:22 pm  Comments Off on Don’t pay ransom, Basilan bishop appeals to authorities  
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