Arroyo keeping tabs of hostage crisis

MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been keeping tabs on the hostage crisis in Indanan, Sulu as the 2 p.m. deadline set by the Abu Sayyaf bandits to behead one of three International Committee of the Red Cross workers lapsed on Tuesday.

“The President is closely monitoring the situation together with our security and civilian authorities,” Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said in a briefing.

“We enjoin all to pray that there will be a peaceful resolution to the crisis.”

The Abu Sayyaf issued an ultimatum to the military to completely pull out of several villages in Sulu or else, one of the three hostages would be beheaded. The Arroyo government refused to comply with the demand, saying leaving the villages would place them at the mercy of the Abu Sayyaf.

So far, government has not said that it received any word from the Abu Sayyaf group after the 2 p.m. deadline expired.

TJ Burgonio, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Published in: on March 31, 2009 at 3:33 pm  Comments Off on Arroyo keeping tabs of hostage crisis  
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