‘Military may be endangering ICRC hostages’

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Richard Gordon asked the military on Wednesday to investigate the encounters between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Abu Sayyaf group.

The Abu Sayyaf is holding three workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sulu.

Gordon said he wanted to determine if military actions had been getting in the way of the safe release of the hostages.

Gordon said he was surprised by news of the clashes that started Monday because he was told that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari was supposed to go to Indanan, Sulu, to help in securing the release of the three ICRC workers – Filipino Jean Lacaba, Italian Eugenio Vagni, and Swiss Andreas Notter.

“The commander on the ground must be held responsible and explain the encounter,” Gordon said at a news forum organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines at the Mandarin Hotel in Makati City.

“I appeal to the military not to be precipitant. It’s important not make actuations that will endanger people,” he added.

Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, said the three hostages were “alive” but “very, very tired and very sleepy… after all, they have been running all over the place.”

Christine Avendaño, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Published in: on March 18, 2009 at 2:40 pm  Comments Off on ‘Military may be endangering ICRC hostages’  
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