ICRC: ‘Nightmare not over’

MANILA, Philippines – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcomed the release of Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba but said that the “nightmare of the abduction is not over.”

In a statement posted on the ICRC website, Alain Aeschlimann, the head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific, said that Lacaba, who was released Thursday night by the Abu Sayyaf in Kuppong, Sulu, “appears to be in good health, although very tired and extremely worried for her two colleages, Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter.”

“Once again, we ask that they remain unharmed. While we welcome this first positive move, especially after a very tense and difficult week, we reiterate our appeal to the kidnappers to let Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter go without delay and unconditionally,” Aeschlimann said.

The ICRC expressed concern over the safety of Vagni and Notter but said they appreciated government efforts for the release of Lacaba.

“We are grateful to various high-ranking government officials for their efforts. I would also like to thank our colleagues at the Philippine National Red Cross Society, in particular its Chairman Richard Gordon, for their unwavering support during this difficult time,” said Aeschlimann

Abigail Kwok, INQUIRER.net

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Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 11:57 pm  Comments Off on ICRC: ‘Nightmare not over’  
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