Lacaba’s release an ‘answered prayer’ – Palace

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was elated over the release of one of the three abducted Red Cross workers in southern Philippines – a development that Malacañang called an “answered prayer.”

Mary Jean Lacaba was freed Thursday night, 77 days after she was abducted by the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said President Arroyo is hoping that the two remaining hostages – Italian Eugenio Vagni and Swiss Andreas Notter – would also be freed soon.

“This is the answer to our people’s prayers and also confirmation that we should always stand behind our policy of dealing firmly with any form of lawless behavior,” Fajardo said in a text message to reporters.

Fajardo said President Arroyo has also commended the personalities involved in the hostage crisis, including the crisis committee, the military and the police, as well as the government officials and civilians who assisted in the rescue efforts.

“We are hoping that the remaining hostages will be released soon. Let’s all pray for their safety,” Fajardo said.


Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm  Comments Off on Lacaba’s release an ‘answered prayer’ – Palace  
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