Abu captives want halt to military operations

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two Red Cross workers still held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf are asking the government to hold any military action, Senator Richard Gordon said Friday.

Gordon said the request was personally delivered by Mary Jean Lacaba after she was reunited with her husband Manny and son Chris following her release on Thursday.

Gordon said that Lacaba, after 77 days in captivity, showed signs of “stockholm syndrome,” a condition in which captives appear sympathetic to their captors.

Lacaba, dressed in a dark brown and green shirt, waved her hand as she boarded an eight-seater plane with Gordon, her husband and son, Sulu Vice Governor Nuranna Sahidulla and Cedric Piralla of the International Committee of the Red Cross for a flight to Davao City.

Gordon attributed to Sulu Representative Yusop Jikiri and Sahidulla the successful release of Lacaba.

“At walang ransom [And there was no ransom] and it’s not our problem if they don’t believe us,” he added.

Gordon said Jikiri had information that a man spotted by a Sulu resident walking with a cane in the company of Abu Sayyaf men was the Italian Eugenio Vagni. The other hostage is Swiss Andreas Notter.

Julie Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao

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Published in: on April 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm  Comments Off on Abu captives want halt to military operations  
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