CBCP official’s appeal to Abu Sayyaf: Release hostages

MANILA, Philippines — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) appealed today to the Abu Sayyaf militants holding the three International Committee of the Red Cross workers in Sulu to release their captives.

In a statement aired in the Church-run Radio Veritas, Bishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP chairman of Catechism and Catholic Education, urged Abu Sayyaf leader Albader Parad to free Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba, Italian Eugenio Vagni and Swiss Andreas Notter.

“I appeal to them, to their humanity, to their sense of compassion to release the hostages because we are all brothers and sisters,” Villegas said.

The bishop made the appeal after the Abu Sayyaf threatened to behead one of the hostages if the military will not pull out from their position in Indanan, Sulu.

The bandits have given government troops set until tomorrow to clear the area.

Dennis Carcamo, Philstar News Service

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 1:30 pm  Comments Off on CBCP official’s appeal to Abu Sayyaf: Release hostages  
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